Passau

Passau is a Bavarian town of 51,000 people in the South-East of Germany, situated directly at the border to Austria and not far from the border to the Czech Republic. It is world-wide known as the Dreifl├╝ssestadt (or “City of Three Rivers”) because here the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube.
Photo of Three Rivers in Passau

Photo of Veste Oberhaus The history of Passau goes back over 2000 years. Two important Roman forts were founded in the area of today's Passau, and some artifacts can still be seen. In the Middle Ages, Passau was not only the capital of the largest diocese of the Holy Roman Empire (which covered most of today's Austria), but also the town where the most famous German saga (the Nibelungen saga) was written down. The swords produced by Passau's smiths were among the most renowned in that age.

With a major railway line and a highway passing the town, travelling to Passau is easy. While it does not have its own airport, there are several major airports in close-by cities.

Photo of Old City Hall Passau has many sights to offer. The Three-Rivers Conjunction Point “Ortspitze” is a must see. The fortress “Veste Oberhaus” is located on top of a hill across the Danube (the foto in the header was taken from this fortress). In the old town, between the rivers Danube and Inn, you can enjoy small picturesque alleys and places, as well as a medieval city hall and the baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral. This cathedral houses the world's largest cathedral organ with almost 18'000 pipes. Photo of Cathedral

The websites of the tourist office lists the most famous sights. It also has a foto gallery, a promotional video, and a virtual city tour.