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Three Rivers, Passau, Germany
Three Rivers, Passau, © Hendrik Schwartz - Fotolia.com

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).  By December 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, Passau, Germany

St Stephen's Cathedral, © Abema - Fotolia.com

Attractions in Passau:

Things to see and do:

  • 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, Passau, Germany

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.

  • The Museum Moderner Kunst at the confluence of the 3 rivers.

  • Heilig-Geist-Ausstellungsraum - a monastery converted to a restaurant well-known for its wine tasting experience.

  • Take a cruise along the Danube and return the same day.

  • Take a one-way river cruise to destinations such as Budapest

  • Cycle along the river to Vienna, which is 400 km or 280 miles away.

Passau City Hall, Germany

Passau City Hall

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