At the junction of the Danube with the Inn and Ilz rivers, lies Passau, a historic Bavarian town famous for its universities and for being home to the largest cathedral pipe organ in the world.
Undergoing many radical changes throughout history – from 5th century monastic retreat to leading Renaissance arms manufacturer – today it is a flourishing university town full of Baroque architecture and charm.
A popular destination for river cruises travelling up and down the Danube, ships pull into port near the junction of the 3 rivers. Close to the old town area, it is easy to understand why some refer to Passau as the Venice of the Danube, with its waterside lifestyle and Italian-influenced architecture.
River cruises pull into port close to the historic old town district, a small area situated between the Danube and the Inn River. It is a small flat town and easy to get around on foot.
There are several moorings at the Port of Passau, which are all close by. Features of the area include a tourist kiosk, various waterfront restaurants and ATMs that are located a short walk from the docking point.
How To Get Around
Walking around Passau’s old town is easy, as it is mostly flat and quite small. For further journeys, a bus operates from a station just slightly west of the old town. A ‘Passau Card’ can be purchased from the tourist information centre and this allows for a 24-hour period of free travel on public transport and museum entry. Taxi stands are prevalent around Passau and they can also be called, with cab numbers available from the tourist kiosks.
- Currency - the currency in Passau is the Euro (EUR). Coin denominations include: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Note denominations include: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
- Time Zone - Passau uses Central European Summer Time (CEST) from April to October, and Central European Time (CST) for the rest of the year. CEST is +2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) whilst CST is +1 hour ahead.
- Weather - Passau has a fairly cool climate, with daily average temperatures ranging from -2 degrees Celsius in January to 17 degrees Celsius in July to August.
- St Stephan’s Cathedral - built from 1668 to 1693, this cathedral houses the world’s largest cathedral pipe organ. With over 17,000 pipes, there are concerts performed daily from May to October (excluding Sundays). The cathedral itself is 1 of the premier examples of Passau’s exquisite baroque architecture.
- Old Town - the cobbled streets of the old town are a reminder of the town’s rich history, offering traditional handmade arts and crafts, well-preserved buildings and furnishings, and numerous cafes and restaurants at which to relax.
- Glass Museum - very close to the dock the Passau Glass Museum exhibits some of the very finest in hand-blown and decorative glass. It has 1 of the largest museum collections of Bohemian glass, known for its high-quality material and craftsmanship. With over 30,000 pieces in its collection, entry fees are around 7 euros for adults and 5 euros for children over the age of 6.
- Passau Breweries - in true Bavarian style, Passau has 4 of its own breweries right in the heart of town. Tours of these fine German establishments are available, with tastings (of course) a mandatory part of the experience. These tours take around half a day and can be booked from the tourist information centre.
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