This presentation of nativities was on display in the windows of an empty shop in Luragogasse, just round the corner from Domplatz and the Christmas market. (No idea if they do this every year or if it was a unique project.) Various artists designed nativity scenes related to unusual topics and from unusual materials that they were given or selected themselves. The works were then sold in an auction, I assume for charity.
These nativity scenes were indeed unusual, some outright weird. There was, for example, the civil servants' nativity, made from office items, or the housewives' nativity with brushes representing the figures... Clever, witty, and funny. I was standing in front of those shop windows, laughing my head off. Enjoy!
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Germany is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Germany with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.
Outlets in Germany generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.
Passau's Christmas market takes place in Domplatz, the square in front of the cathedral. It is a medium-sized market but quite atmospheric due to the illumination, the surrounding buildings and the general flair. The stalls sell a mix of some nice crafts and 'the usual stuff'. Food offers include local specialities, no need to worry about dinner.
The little stage sees performances of Christmassy music in the late afternoon and early evening, rather low-key, but this is authentic folk music not tourist oompah-oompah.
The Christmas market begins on Friday before the first Advent Sunday and terminates on December 23.
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.
It was in april 21st, 1854 that the bavarian princess Elisabeth (called Sissi) entered a ship in Passau in order to travel to Vienna to marry the austrian emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph.
Click on my picture and you may see the commemoration plate that you may see on the wall of the old townhall in Passau.
The german inscription is saying:
Dem Andenken weiland Ihrer Majestät, der Kaiserin Elisabeth
Höchstwelche am 21.April 1854 auf Ihrer Donau-Brautfahrt nach Wien
Hier in Passau von den bayerischen Landen Abschied nahm.
In the year 2004 - 150 years after that special event - a similar steamship made the same journey again, with actors onboard, performing Sissi and her court...
On top of the tower of the old townhall 23 bells make a perfect chime with a total repertoire of 88 melodies, and the melodies are changing according to the times of the year or special festivities.
You may hear the melody made by the chimes daily at fixed times :
10.30 a.m. + 02.00 p.m. + 07.25 p.m. + 09.00 p.m.
and in addition each saturday at 03.30p.m. !
June to August, Passau sees lots of musical events like concerts and dance. Participating performers are well known international orchestras and there is so much going on then that there is a special Europäische Wochen office in the Old Town.