Passau was a Roman provincial town for over 400 years. With the establishment of an episcopal residence in 739, the city life of Passau began to develop. In the 13th century, Bishops became rulers of the independent, small principality of Passau.
Italian Baroque masters created in the 17th century today's city skyline. St. Steven's Cathedral housing the largest cathedral organ in the world. The Baroque design of Passau is dominated by large squares, romantic promenades, winding lanes and majestic bridges. Framed by the Veste Oberhaus castle and the pilgrimage monestary Mariahilf , the historical city centre of Passau looks like a floating ship.
Water and shipping have always been integral components to life in Passau. The local shipping company offers "three-river" city tours and excursion on the river Danube. Cruise ships invite to make a lovely trip to the cities and countrysides of the Danube from Passau to Vienna, Budapest and to the Black Sea.
Getting there:You can reach the three-river-city from all directions via ICE rapid rail connections, motorways and highways. The airports in Munich (Germany 150km/ 93 miles) is also not far away.
Top highlights of Passau:
- Conjunction Point of the three rivers: Danube, Inn and Ilz
- St. Steven's Cathedral with world's biggest Catholic church organ"
- New Episcopal Residence with Rococo-Stairs and Museum of the Treasure of the Cathedral
- Town Hall with baroque rooms
- Fortress "Veste Oberhaus" with the Cultural History Museum