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  • Tomb of The Blessed Gisela

    The remains of the Blessed Gisela (985-7 May 1065) have been laid to rest at the nunnery of Niedernburg in Passau, where she died. Gisela was a daughter of the Duke of Bavaria and the wife ('consort') of the holy King Stephen I of Hungary. Her tomb is visited by many pilgrims from Hungary. It is perhaps interesting to note that Gisela herself is...

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  • The Cathedral of St Stephan

    The original cathedral on this site was almost completely destroyed in a fire in 1662. The current baroque cathedral dates from 1688 and is dedicated to St Stephen. It is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Passau. The cathedral was designed by Carlo Lurago and its interior decoration was the work of Giovanni Battista Carlone. The cathedral has...

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  • The Veste Oberhaus

    The Veste Oberhaus is a large fortress located high up on St George’s Mountain. It was a fairly steep climb to get there, but the views over Passau and the three rivers confluence from there are spectacular. Part of the fortress is now a museum of History. This was closed when I got there. Part of it is now a youth hostel. The Veste Oberhaus dates...

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Passau Restaurants

  • Great Food, Great Service

    We just happened to stumble upon this restaurant when we were hungry after a long day of sightseeing in Passau. It did not look all that inviting from the front, but we went in and found our way to the biergarden at the back.The waiter/barman was very friendly and pleasant. The beer was great.I had Wiener Schnitzel and my husband had Leberkase. The...

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  • Large covered beer garden in old town

    This is a large covered beer garden in the middle of old town Passau, worth a stop for a beer or a meal. Open from 9 in the morning until midnight. The "Bavarian Lion" can serve up to 250 folks enjoying sausages, beer, and many specialties of the house. Beer!

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  • Popular for Good Reason

    Probably better known as a chocolate shop, Cafe Simon also offers basic cafe-style meals.On a busy day in town, expect the cafe to be crowded with patrons browsing for Cafe Simon's famous confections or enjoying coffee and a light meal. There are tables and booths available for seating, and the dining area is bright and a little noisy. It's more...

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Passau Nightlife

  • Organ concerts in the cathedral

    Every thursday between may and october (except on holidays) there will special organ-concerts in the St.Stephen cathedral at 07.30 p.m.Tickets for these concerts are 5 Euros for grownups and 3 Euros for children and students. When you have a ticket, you may enter 40 minutes before the concert and search for a perfect seat.they say there no...

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  • The castles at night

    You cannot walk up to the castles at night and it would also be quite dangerous. Yet it is great to walk along the Danube and see both castles lighted in the distance. When you are lucky, a cruiseship will pass by and you will also see plenty of cargoships sailing up and down the river .In front of my picture you see Veste Unterhaus and above Veste...

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  • Take a walk at night

    The centre of Passau is beautifully lighted and in case that you pass by Passau on the highway or by train and think about a stop-over - see my picture, everything looks fine for a night-stroll.Most of the day-tourists are gone at 06.00p.m. and afterwards the city has a special charme.On my picture : The old townhall with the neogothic tower, Hotel...

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Passau Transportation

  • Day Trips Into Austria By Train

    Passau is located on the border to Austria and counts as border station. If you intend to do a day trip into Austria, for example to Linz, you can do the whole trip on ÖBB (Austrian Railway) tickets. They are cheaper than international tickets issued by DB, so make sure you buy your tickets from them.Two options:I found one single ÖBB ticket...

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  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new...

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  • Getting from cruise ships to the railway...

    It depends where your cruise ship arrives. Some arrive at Donaulände very close to the railway station. Walking from there is really short and no problem at all. But some cruise ships also arrive very close to the so called Three-River-Corner (Dreiflüsseeck), and from there it would be rather long and unpleasant to walk with luggage, particularly...

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Passau Shopping

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    by Leipzig Updated Nov 16, 2002

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    While our stay in the Bavarian Forest, twice a week we drove to Passau to buy fresh fruits on local market. then we walked around and stopped to have a cup of coffee in one of the numerous cafés.

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Passau Local Customs

  • A Different Presentation of Nativities

    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...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    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...

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  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    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...

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Passau Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Sunday in Germany

    Although is sounds odd - remember that most things are closed on Sundays in Germany. We tried to find a bakery open for breakfast on a Sunday morning and no luck! Some of the coffee houses are open, and the restaurants will open after 1pm - but forget about shops or the malls.

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Passau Tourist Traps

  • Promenade Shops

    Just a reminder that some of the shops on the Promenade along the river sell "authentic" German items (everything from glass ornaments, dress hats, and lederhosen) -- make sure to take a closer look, as a good bit of the items you would expect to be made in Europe are actually imported from Asia.If you feel the price and quality match, then that's...

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  • Don't bother with this one...

    Although the Veste Oberhaus is more then worth a visit - it's best to give the museum part of it a miss if you don't speak German. Or to be honest, even if you do speak German!The displays are mainly printed texts (in German) and diagrams, some interactive displays for children, some videos, and that is about it.At a cost of 5 Euro it really is not...

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Passau What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Climate in Passau

    Rainy season: There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 8 – 19°C ( 47 - 66°F ); min: 0 - 9°C ( 32 - 49°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 23°C ( 70 - 73°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 5 – 19°C ( 41 - 66°F); min: 0 - 10°C ( 32 – 50°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 4°C ( 34 - 39°F); min: -3 - -1°C...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Passau Off The Beaten Path

  • Schärding - 10km south of Passau

    The small Austrian town of Schärding is another interesting place closeby Passau.Schärding is mainly famous for its lovely baroque townsquare and beautiful church.Schärding is directely at the border between Austria and Germany, where the river Inn makes the borderline south of Passau.Cick on my picture and see the row of clorful baroque buildings...

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  • From the Danube to the river Main

    Cruising at a leisurely pace 450 kilometers from Passau to Würzburg with the Swiss Crystal.Rising in the mountains of Germany's Black Forest, the Danube winds its way through romantic gorges and vineyard-clad valleys, flowing by castles, monasteries and picturesque, medieval towns and villages.

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  • Walk don't bus!

    Although there is a bus that goes from Rathausplatz up to the Veste Oberhaus - walk the path up if you can.The path is well kept and although the stairs could be a bit much for either the very young or very elderly - if you can manage it go this way.

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Passau Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling from Passau to Vienna

    Cycling along the Danube between Passau and Vienna or even Budapest became quite popular within the last 15 years.On both shores of the Danube and also of the river Inn you will mostly find seperate small streets ONLY for Bikers, without any car-trafic.Only the first part of the Danube cyclers have to go on ordinary streets, all the rest they go on...

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  • Ballooning in Bad Griesbach

    Ballooning is my dream since a very long time already and one day I will go for sure ! A saw a bunch of at least 10 balloons flying over Passau, while I was there last time in summer 2004. a flight of 1,5-2 hours is about 170 Euros ( and you even get a reduction of 10% with the Passau-card) children pay just 95 Euros.For more details - click on...

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  • Hiking to the castle

    You may drive up to the castle or take one of the small buses,leaving at the old townhall or you may take a walk uphill on your own.There are several small hicking-paths leading up the hill and within 20-30 minutes you will be at the castle, depending which path you take.Along the way you will have plenty of great views on the city, and maybe you...

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Passau Favorites

  • Giant Head

    Outside the cathedral there is a giant head covered in foliage. In German it is called Der Passuer Tölpel which apparently means something like the clumsy person of Passau.Apparently it was part of the cathedral façade. When the cathedral went on fire this piece of masonry fell to the ground and was later saved and made into a monument. I think it...

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  • River journey

    Seeing the long, white river cruise boats moored along the quays for a day with their Swiss and Austrian flags makes you want to hop on one there and then and just continue your journey around Europe's waterways :))) Since there is neither time nor money for this (maybe one day), pick a guided tour of Passau instead. On equally slim boats, you get...

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  • Night time lights

    One of the loveliest, romatic, peaceful things we did in Passau, was after supper one night we just walked and wandered through the old town.Everything looks so different at night and there is an completely different atmosphere and look about the town.It is a definate must for everyone to do and you dont have to worry about not feeling safe since...

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