Žatec and hop-growing landscape make UNESCO World Heritage list

The Northwest Bohemian town of Žatec and its surrounding hop-growing landscape have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Monday’s announcement means that Czechia now has 17 entries on the prestigious list.

Žatec, known in German as Saaz, is internationally famous for growing high-quality Saaz hops. It has seven centuries of tradition in the field and is responsible for a large part of Czechia’s total hop production.

World Heritage Sites are selected by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other forms of significance.

Author: Ian Willoughby