wolnzach - Unique in landscape, name and it's hop-based history

We proudly welcome you to Wolnzach straight in the heart of hops. In the following, we have collected some interesting facts, which will surely surprise you and hopefully whet your appetite for giving us the chance to host you for some days.

What is the origin of the name „Wolnzach“? 

Wolnzach ist not easy to pronounce even for Germans and afflicet by a bunch of mistakes which you can find even in maps or descriptions such aus „Wolznach“ -  what really makes us shiver. Indeed „Wolnzach“ is a derivation of „Wolamotesaha“, which is a combination oft the name „Wolamot“, standing for a nobleman of ancient times, and the syllable „aha“, which describes a running water such as our small river. Wolnzach was first mentioned in a document in the year 814. All over the world, there is no other place named Wolnzach.

Is Wolnzach a town or a village?

None of it. Wolnzach is designated as „market“, which is, due to the Bavarian municipal law, a place having once received the market-rights such as the sealing-right or the right to organize public markets. The population is not decisive and therefore Wolnzach kept its designation as „market“ up to now – and rejected the town-right by saying: „Rather the first market than the last town…“

Why is there a female deer in the Wolnzach-blazon?

Deers are common in blazons allover the world, but not female deers, because they are known as escape animals. Those, who selected of all things a shy, but strong and graceful female deer for Wolnzach must have been very wise people, showing self-confidence on the one and great foresight on the other hand: The female deer makes the Wolnzach-blazon unique, because it is first mentioned more than 700 years ago when as well as nobody else dared to use a female deer as a symbol.

And what about the three hills underneath the deer?

Okay, three hills are common in blazons as a symbol of luck such as the three-leaf-clover. But in Wolnzach you can easily experience the deeper meaning of it: Three hills surround the marketplace, the center, where it all began. Today it's pretty hard to recognize the hills mentioned in our chronic, because they are completely covered in green and partially have become housing areas, but from the right point of view you can still see them.

Where is the Wolnzach-history tangible?

The landlords of Wolnzach used to live in a castle which was destroyed during the 30-years-war in the 17th century, rebuilt, sold and tore off in the beginning oft he 19th century. Nevertheless there are still traces to be seen: close together built houses, framing the former moat, representative mansions, telling stories of their former meaning and a splendid church that is known as the „Hallertau Cathedral“.