Passau is located on the Danube River and is a standard
embarkation port for river cruising. It is sometimes called the
City of Three Rivers, as the Danube, Inn and Ilz all join here within
the city limits. The population is only around 50,000 and many
residents are university students. The first inhabitants in this
region were Celtic. Later it was part of the Roman
Empire, at which time it was referred to as Batavis. During the
Renaissance, Passau was famous for the swords that were forged
there. Hitler lived in Passau for several years and three
concentration camps were located here during World War II.
Summer temperatures peak in July and August with averages
of 73 F (23 C), while lows are about 54 F (12 C).
and January average highs are 34 F (1 C) and average lows are 25 F
(-4 C). Precipitation is highest in July. August is likely the
best month to visit Passau and ensure good weather with little chance of
flooding on the Danube.
Passau is a standard port of call on 14 day river cruises between Budapest and
Amsterdam. It is also the western terminus for 7 day Danube river cruises
from Budapest. The train station is located downtown near the intersection
of the three rivers and the river cruise docks. There is no major airport
nearby, but it only takes a little over 2 hours to get to Munich by rail.
St Stephen's Cathedral - Bothic and Baroque
architecture. The church has one of the largest pipe organs in
the world with more than 17,000 pipes.
Stroll the old town, known as the Altstadt.
View City Hall (the Rathaus), which was built in the 1200s and many buildings from
the 1800s, such as the New Bishop's Residence. Shop for handicrafts in
the medieval buildings of Hollgasse.
The Passauer Glasmuseum in the Wilderman Hotel
across the street from City Hall has the largest collection of
Bohemian glass in the world.
Stroll the river front along the Fritz-Schaffer Promenade
and see St Paul Church.
St Paul Church on the Danube
View the confluence of the 3 rivers at the point of
land called the Dreiflüsseeck. It includes a playground.
The Museum Moderner Kunst and Niedernburg Convent are nearby.
Veste Oberhaus - a fortress built in 1219 with excellent
views over the city, plus the Oberhaus Museum is located here.