This Bavarian town of about 50000 residents is also home to the University of Passau, giving the town a youthful ambiance.
A highlight of a Passau visit is an organ concert in St. Stephen's Cathedral. The organ in this baroque church is the world's largest cathedral organ, with over 17,000 pipes.The organ concert is usually held at noon, allowing cruise ship passengers a couple of hours to explore Passau on their own.
Across the Danube River from old town Passau is the Veste Oberhaus Fortress, which dates back to the 13th century. The powerful Bishops of Passau built and used the fortress from 1217 to 1803. Visitors can cross the bridge to visit this ancient fortress that overlooks the city and its rivers. A shuttle takes visitors to the top of the hill, but it's a good hike for those who enjoy the exercise. The view is worth the exertion.
|Passau Park - Junction of Danube and Inn Rivers||Sailing Away from Passau on the Flooded Danube River|