Žatec - the Hops Town

The town of Žatec is located in the north-western part of the Czech Republic, in the region geologically known as the Žatec Basin. The local specific warm climate, combined with plenty of ground water, was found to be very favourable for the growing of hops as early as the Middle Ages. The cultivation of hops in the Žatec region reached its greatest expansion in terms of both floricultural and particularly technical production in the 19th century, when the “hops boom” left a number of hops buildings in the area, known as the Prague suburb. These buildings are interesting examples of storage, drying, and packaging facilities with typically high brick chimneys that still give this part of the city a unique atmosphere.