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Veste Oberhaus - the old fortifications
At many places you may still see parts of the medieval fortifications of Veste Oberhaus, from where all invaders approaching from the city-side could be easily pushed back by stones and rocks thrown from above.
Click on my picture and see the great landscape below the castle - in the back of my picture the river Inn. You may as well see the cathedral of St.Stephen in the centre and the old townhall and Rathausplatz on the left of my picture. On the left below you may also see the old corridor, where gunmen could watch out for enemies approaching and kill them right away.
St Stephen's Cathedral ,Passau.
I travelled to Passau from Wels in Austria by train, which arrives at the station located between Bahnhof Srasse and Grunau Strasse. It was an easy 700 m walk to the east to reach the Cathedral at Dom Plaza.
The interior of the Cathedral is outstanding in the colour of the paintings and other murals.
Veste Unterhaus / Unterhaus castle
Veste Unterhaus / Unterhaus castle was built exactely at the place, where the small river ILZ joins the Danube on the left shore and only about 100 meters from the place, where also the river INN flows into the Danube from the other side.
This castle was once the lower part of the bishop's castle and certainly had an excellent place to charge taxes to all ships passing by in medieval times.
On the left of my picture you may see the steps leading up to the Veste Oberhaus and on the left you see the place , where the Ilz meets the Danube. The river on my picture is the Danube.
Today the castle is private and not accesible for the public.
Passau - the city on three rivers
"The city on three rivers"
The city on three rivers - the Danube (Donau), the Inn, and the Ilz - got its name from the Roman fort of Batavis. After 739 AD, Passau grew to become the biggest bishopric on the Danube, its domain extending all the way to Hungary. After the great fire of 1662, the prince bishops rebuilt the town in Baroque style. One of the highlights of the Old Town is the beautiful Cathedral of St Stephan which boasts the biggest church organ in the world. High up above the town and the rivers stand the Veste Oberhaus Castle and the Maria Hilf Abbey, both of which are also well worth a visit.