Fanatical animal lovers, go no further!!!
This is the last, genuine merchant of horse flesh in Passau, which supposedly used to be a pretty big draw in the area. This must be some kind of a chain after seeing the website. (german only) This location since 1890.
Schlögen - a 270 degree bend of the Danube
Schlögen in Austria is about 35km downstream from Passau . It is a small place, consisting of a big hotel and a very few houses, and one of the most spectacular places along the Danube:
The Danube will make a big bend of about 270 degrees there.
Unfortunately all the cruiseships will pass by there only, without offering the possibility to get outside and view this great place from above, like I did . A walk of almost 1 hour will take you uphill and offer a great panorama-view on the valley of the Danube.
For more infos and pics - please click on my link below and see my page about Schlögen !
Pilgrimage Church Mariahilf
On the Inn River side of Passau you will find the Pilgrimage Church - and to be honest - you can't miss its imposing site as it looks over the "floating area" of the town between the three rivers.
Walk up along the streets in Innstadt if you can, since there are some great view points along the way. You will also pass some wonderful old roman walls.
The covered stairway you can see leading up to the church are the Pilgrams' Stairs - all 321of them.
The old gothic gate to the cathedral
Between the cathedral and the old residence of the bishop you will see this lovely, old gothic gate, and you may enter it in order to get inside a big court with several small chapels with tombs.
All of the walls of that court are covered by old tomb-stones and sculptured stone slabs.
You may get inside freely and without restrictions during the day.
Three rivers junction
I had wanted to return to Passau ever since I whizzed past it on a school trip to Budapest in the 80s. The opportunity finally came when holidaying in Bavaria in November, when it was too misty to visit the mountains. As two hours on a train is nothing to a Swede, we set off on a daytrip here.
Had we stayed longer, maybe I would have felt it was more interesting, but I was actually a bit disappointed. Maybe also because ot the memory from the 80s when I past it in sunshine and went on to follow the Danube into Austria. This time it was a murky November day and the photos on this page therefore don't do Passau justice at all, as it is a very pretty town. Yes, there is lots of prettiness, and my problem with it was maybe just that it felt a bit too adjusted. Things felt like they were arranged in a certain way, not by the citizens but by tourism. Even in November, the streets were full of American coach parties and I can only imagine what summer must be like. Of the many students I had heard of, I saw very little. There are also a huge amount of pretty churches to look at, but for me, one is enough, then I want to see something else and go people watching.
Having said all this, I really enjoyed my day, but should have combined it with Austria instead as the whole town has a more Austrian rural feel than the cosmopolitan Munich we had just left. The only thing I regret is that I didn't have more time to visit the museums which looked like they deserved a visit. The six-year-old wasn't into exhibitions on border relations etc...
My main reason for coming was however the setting by the water and here, I was only let down by the weather. The rivers themselves are marvellous - here you find the confluence of no less than three of them. My beloved Danube which I follow here and there, the Inn and the little Ilz (look to the right in this picture). After Passau, the now single river is of course called the Danube, although why is not clear, as the Inn brings more water to Passau and is also the longest of the two that far. In summer, you can see a very interesting difference in colour of the rivers where they meet, the Inn bringing brown mud into the Danube.
Another interesting thing which is at times also frustrating, is that Passau like many other cities suffered badly in a fire (17th century). This means that the medieval street pattern can be seen, but with later style of housing built as the town was restored. Sometimes I wished I could have seen the narrow lanes and alleys full of cosy cottages instead of all the splendour which gave the town a bit too much elegance for me. But it gives an interesting effect of new(ish) meets old.