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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Here is a close-up of one of the statues hanging off the ornate pulpit. Absolutely extraordinary!
The following photo tells the story of the baroque influence in architecture of the 17th century.
Next, I will be blogging about our visit to Regensburg in Bavaria.
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