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Passau Cruises

Passau has been given the nickname of the ‘City of Three Rivers’ due to its location at the meeting point of the Ilz, Inn and Danube. You can see this intersection with a birds’ eye view from the cathedral towers, to gain insight into its history as a trading centre for Bohemian salt merchants. With a charming medieval Old Town, gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral, and network of elegant art galleries and museums, Passau has plenty to offer for a day trip or extended stay. It’s positioned on the German border with Austria, and is unsurprisingly a very popular destination for river cruising.

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St Stephen’s Cathedral is well worth a visit during any trip to Passau. It’s home to one of the biggest church organs that you’ll find anywhere, but certainly the largest in Europe! The cathedral is also a prime example of Gothic and Baroque architecture, housing an onsite museum and glittering Treasury to explore.

Additional must-see attractions in Passau include the stately City Hall building, constructed in the 1200s. Stroll through its hallowed halls and you’ll see murals showcasing the city’s centuries of history. Take it all in and then climb to the Veste Oberhaus fortress to visit its small yet intriguing museum if you want to learn more about Passau’s strategic position and heritage.

Don’t miss a visit to the Broken Glass Villa, a dazzling work of art covered in shades of blue and green glass pieces. These are artfully arranged in clever mosaics with geometric and floral shapes, the handiwork of architect Aristide Ostuzzi.

Take a break from museums and have a wander through the Old Town, where you can relax in a baroque café or shop for souvenirs. The Hollgasse is the town’s main shopping promenade, with art galleries and boutiques located in attractive medieval houses. The Sunday market heaves with vintage and antique goodies, and Passau’s Christmas market is one of Bavaria’s best!


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