Ten tips for Passau

Your Ten Travel Highlights in Passau

The cultural and university city of Passau is located in Eastern Bavaria not far from the Austrian border. For example, you can get there by car via the A3 motorway, by long-distance bus or by train directly to the city’s main railway station. Three rivers flow through the beautiful city: the Ilz, the Danube and the Inn, which is why travellers from all over the world love to visit this city. But there are other reasons to make your way to the city at the triangle of rivers.

Passau Panorama

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First of all, a visit to the historic Old Town

The visit to the picturesque and historic old town with its patrician houses and other architectural highlights is part of the first part of the excursion to Passau. The baroque city centre was designed and built in the 17th century. St. Georgsberg is located between Ilz and the Danube at an altitude of 108 metres. From the tower of St. George’s Castle Church you can see the beautiful landscape and decide what you want to visit next. If you would like to experience the city on the spot, you can either book a short weekend holiday or take a longer holiday with the whole family. The history of the cultural city is more than 2000 years old and those who hear the stories of the locals can get a historical overview in the old town.

Cathedral in Passau

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 2nd highlight: The visit of the castle and the cathedral

In 1932, the city of three rivers took over the Veste Oberhaus and with 65,000 square metres, the impressive castle complex is one of the largest in Europe. Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages and enjoy the permanent and special exhibitions on the history of this interesting city. If you start your trip with a group of at least 5 people, you can book an individual round trip through the city of Passau with the guide for an hour, for example to see the town hall of the city. A visit to the Cathedral for individuals is another highlight, and you will be personally informed about the history of the Cathedral by a headset, precisely and individually.

Castle in Passau

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3. Get to know the modern cultural life of the city

The city’s attractiveness is due to its mix of historical buildings, scenic natural surroundings and modern art. Shopping and feasting are just as possible as visiting the magnificent buildings or taking part in current cultural events. Those who visit the university city can attend the cabaret days at the Scharfrichter Haus and accompany a number of young artists who are awarded the Scharfrichter-Beil. This award is intended to pave the way for a glorious career in cabaret. People like Hape Kerkeling have started their careers here. Afterwards, they will go to the city’s festivals, which are celebrated every year from June 2017 to August 2017 as part of the European Weeks. The event has a different theme every new year, and those who prefer theater performances or opera contributions as well as operetta songs are in the right place.

4th The Christmas Market with regional delicacies

Every year, the locals and tourists enjoy the pre-Christmas season, and a visit to the Christkindlmarkt at the Cathedral in Passau is an atmospheric travel highlight in every travel programme. Tolerance is a top priority in this Bavarian city and the locals are looking forward to guests from all over the world who want to get to know the historical and modern cultural life. Accommodation is available in affordable guesthouses or luxury hotels, so that the city can offer suitable accommodation for most budget locations. Culinary delicacies provide new energy after visiting the cultural sites. Cheese pancake, roast veal shank or the Danubewaller and other regional dishes are served with great pleasure. By enjoying the Bavarian delicacies, travellers and locals get to know each other better and valuable insider tips are given out for the subsequent tour.

5. Excursion boats for short and long trips

The three rivers Danube, Ilz and the Inn form the townscape and belong to the maritime flair of Passau. The harbour festival at the Ilz is definitely worth a visit, because you will meet nice people from the region at the folk festival. With the ships you have the possibility to make an excursion over the Ilz or the Danube. If you would like to travel all three rivers, simply book the trip on the Three Rivers and make yourself comfortable with a snack and the camera on board. For connoisseurs, there are special gourmet cruises that turn the boat trip into an unforgettable event. In the evening, dance lovers can enjoy a Danube cruise by boat or a two-day trip to Vienna. Theme cruises by boat across the three rivers are organised to suit the season, so that travellers are welcome in the Triple River City at any time of the year.

6th Sport is a lot of fun in Passau

The city is ideal for sportsmen and – apart from water sports – there are many destinations for joggers and hikers that make your stay a sporting experience. Cycling is not only good for your health, but also very practical to experience the Bavarian city up close. For cyclists and those who want to become one, the three-river city is a paradise for cyclists. There are cycle paths with special themes, the Roman cycle path belongs to this special offer for cyclists. The long-distance cycle path makes a cycling tour from the Three Rivers City to Vienna possible, as a cyclist, the nature experience is particularly impressive. Those who prefer other sports will simply play golf, as there are 15 golf courses nearby. In the winter season skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and curling are popular seasonal sports attractions for guests.

Monastry in Passau

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7th The three-river city with three geotopes for environmentalists

Eastern Bavaria is a twelve-month-long tourist destination offering so many attractions that it can be visited again and again. The Bavarian Forest National Park and the western town of Pullman City are not far from the city of three rivers and can also be included in the visit to the city. The three-river city in Eastern Bavaria is not only connected to all major highways to Austria, but other places can also be reached quickly via the existing rail network. 50000 inhabitants of the independent city of Passau with its three rivers form the hospitable setting for a short or longer stay in this lively city. Environmentalists can visit three geotopes during their stay in the city or explore the two nature reserves. The city has a high environmental value in Europe, that it is suitable as a basis for information on the topic of active environmental protection.

8th The Prince-Bishop’s Opera House

The planned visit to the city should not forget the Bavarian opera, because it is firmly rooted in the cultural history of the city on the three rivers. In the Princely Bishop’s Opera House there is also an acoustic music theatre, which combines the art of music with acting. The city of Passau is surrounded by hills as a former Roman settlement and its location at the corner of the three rivers makes it a magnet for tourists in combination with the Prince-Bishop’s Opera House.

9. Art paintings worth seeing in the museum of the city

The city museum houses collections of paintings that are of great cultural importance for the region. Other paintings and church altars can be admired during the visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The glass museum in the city of Triple Rivers is known all over the world and Bohemian glass from early epochs to modern times is a visual delight for the lovers of filigree art. The Roman Museum has existed in the city since 1982 and the remains of the walls and watchtowers can be seen in the former military camp on the grounds belonging to it. The Nibelungen city of Passau has a lot to offer not only for historians, but is also interesting for all those who want to discover the “Venice” in Bavaria in all possible Bavarian facets.

10th The Episcopal Residence as a destination for the day trip

Right next to the cathedral in Passau you will find the Episcopal Residence, built in 1712 and 1730. The building is characterised by the Viennese late Baroque style and the Diocesan Museum is located in the residence. The staircase in the magnificent residence has stuccoes and on the ceiling there is a ceiling fresco with a photogenic depiction of the gods of the Olymp. The city has an Italian flair because Italian architects were involved in the creation of today’s townscape.

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