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Žatec, situated in northern Bohemia on the Ohře River, has a history one thousand years old. An important role in the history has always been played by topquality aromatic hops. the history of hop growing and beer brewing for more than 700 years inspired Žatec to open an entertainment and educational centre named the Hop and Beer Temple, whose roots are based upon the rich tradition of the world famous hop region. The attractive content of the tour will intriguea broad variety of visitors. The tour begins with a visit to the Hop Lighthouse. You will get to the upper parts of the lookout tower by a lift with the first surprise inside - 3D projection. There is an observation platform at the top of the tower offering a view of the Žatec Region. The only way to get to the platform is to climb a spiral staircase. In the crown of the Hop Lighthouse, there are lights announcing festive events in the royal town of Žatec to the surrounding area. Then you will visit the Labyrinth, located in the building of the old hop warehouse. At the end of the maze there is a hidden treasure of the hop region. When leaving this section, your adrenalin will drop to the normal level. A very interesting section of the Temple is the Hop Horologe, the only horologe of this type in the world, which is interesting thanks to its untraditional processing. Just like everything in the Hop and Beer Temple, the astronomical clock has its own story as well. A small brewery named “U Orloje” (At the Horologe) is a logical continuation of the visit to the entire complex. Beer is brewed there in front of the visitors. Properly mellowed beer is tapped directly from the brewery’s reservoir tanks. Come and see what real Czech beer tastes like. The Brewery Restaurant (Pivovarská restaurace) is a place for taking a rest and tasting regional meals. In the summer months it is possible to take a seat in the courtyard of the Brewery Restaurant. The southern garden with the children’s café is a place for games and entertainment. The premises also include a beautiful newly reconstructed Monastery Garden (Klášterní zahrada) at the Capuchin Monastery (Kapucínský klášter), offering relaxation spaces with a playground, aviaries with birds, a corral with animals, herb garden, vineyard, hop garden and many beautiful details. In 2012 the reconstructed building of a unique renaissance Melt House was opened to the public. There is a gallery and educational centre for children and teenagers.
Chrám chmele a piva (Hop and Beer Temple),
nám. Prokopa Velkého 1951 Žatec
Director: Jaroslav Špička
tel.: +420 415 210 382
Inforcentre: +420 415 211 610
Restaurant: +420 415 210 952
There is a small brewery inside the restaurant. Beer is brewed there in the traditional Czech way using the local malt and hops in front of the visitors the resulting taste of the national drink epitomizes the originality of Czech beer. 2–3 types of the brewery’s own draught beer are offered during the year. Recipes for beer preparation encompass the experience of several generations of Czech maltsters, hopgrowers and brewers.
Garant sections: Michaela Tobiasova