Welcome to the three river town Passau!
In the 1st century AD, the Romans already appreciated the location and built two castles there. They named them Boiotro and Batavis, and the latter evolved into Passau over the centuries.
In the year 739 Passau became a bishop`s seat and its diocese was later one of the biggest in Europe until the the present day diocese in Hungary was created. The start of the construction of the cathedral known today as St. Stephan`s was in 1668.
It´s not only the beautiful baroque interior which attracts visitors, but also the world´s biggest organ, consisting of 17,974 organ pipes. From May to September there´s an organ concert every noon. The baroque archbishop´s residence is located in the plain centre next to the cathedral .
Also called the bavarian Venice, Passau`s small alleys invite you to stroll through the wonderful old town centre where you can find small artists` shops as well as cosy cafés and traditional bavarian restaurants.
Beyond that it is worth it to see the town hall´s rooms, which are decorated with huge paintings of the Nibelungen song. Just next to the town hall the interested person can find a glass museum with a great collection of 30,000 pieces.
To have a look at the meeting of the three rivers Inn, Danube, and Ilz you can either take a Danube boat trip or visit the Veste Oberhaus, from which you have a great view of the old town and the three rivers. The Veste Oberhaus also gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into the city´s history, with a focus on the Middle Ages. You can learn about the importance of the city as a junction of commerce of salt, grain, and other goods in the 16th century and the varied history of the city.