Danube River: Passau

Passau on the Danube
Passau on the Danube

If you go on a longboat cruise down the Danube River you will travel through a number of countries in Europe.  On the fourth day we arrived in Passau , one of the major German cities on the Danube River, at the border of Austria. My impressions were that Passau was very charming–everything was neat and tidy. Beautiful lines on the buildings, homes are very often painted in bright colors.

Passau Street Scene
Passau Street Scene

In Medieval times Passau was an important center fort the salt trade. Salt was called ‘white gold’ and was transported from the Alpine salt mines to Passau where it was processed. The population of Passau is 50,000 and it is an important center in southwestern Bavaria.

Such adorable hats and mittens for sale! So colorful!

Colorful Knitted Hats
Colorful Knitted Hats

Known as the’ City of the Three Rivers’, Passau lies at the confluence of the Inn, the Danube and the Ilz Rivers.  It is the last major German city on the Danube at the border of Austria

City of Three Rivers
City of Three Rivers

If you have never been to Europe, know that churches are the main attraction.  Churches are where you can find the best artworks from the ages.  And Passau is no exception.

St. Stevens Church
St. Stevens Church

Passau’s church is calledSt Steven’s Cathedral. And it is one of the town’s foremost landmarks and boasts the largest pipe organ outside the USA ( 17,974 organ pipes). Unfortunately we were not able to hear the organ because we visited outside the April-October daily concert schedule.

St. Stevens Cathedral Pipe Organ
St. Stevens Cathedral Pipe Organ

Here is a close-up of one of the statues hanging off the ornate pulpit. Absolutely extraordinary!

Golden Statue
Golden Statue

The following photo tells the story of the baroque influence in architecture of the 17th century.

St. Stevens dome interior.
St. Stevens dome interior

 

Next, I will be blogging about our visit to Regensburg in Bavaria.

Thanks for reading!

4 Replies to “Danube River: Passau”

  1. Phyllis,
    Once again you have captured the scenic beauty of a region beautifully.

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Eva

  2. Phyllis,I really like the images taken from above, the Stevens church, the street scene and river images. If you were on a river cruse, you probably didn’t have a lot of time and so I’m betting that getting to the high ground took some doing and quickly too. I also bet Bob went to a bar while you were doing all this. Nicely done, high key, contrasty, moody. Now I want to go there and given that Geric lives in Germany, it may actually happen. We were in Regensberg 2 Septembers ago. It was a difficult time because of an emerging tragedy in Sabina’s family and we were struggling to figure out what to do (her brother was missing with the possibility of suicide, which unfortunately was later confirmed). Nevertheless we liked the place. All the culture and architecture of German towns without the tourist. No Rick Steves there. Did you get a wiener at the outside stand on the water’s edge, right in down town, really good? Looking forward to those images.

    1. Dick,
      Thanks so much for your comments. I was so impressed with Bavaria, Germany and Prague. Yes, Passau had two levels and there was quite a hike
      to get up high–worth it tho. So, I remember the hotdog stand down by the river. I haven’t pulled together my images yet.
      Can’t wait to hear about your trip to Ireland. Should be quite memorable!

      Phyllis

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