Also known as Dreiflüssestadt (the city of three rivers), and nestled away on the German/Austrian border, Passau is situated in Lower Bavaria. It is close to the Danube, which is connected on the north by Liz and on the south by Inn. It is famous for its structures including the cathedral of St. Stephen which hosts the largest church organ in the world. This organ is also the second largest of its type in the world. This city is small in size and tourists can easily cover the same by foot.
Passau Tourist Attractions:
Cathedral of St. Stephen: Popular by the name of `Dom St. Stephen,’ the Cathedral of St. Stephen, a baroque church, which is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Passau, was rebuilt from 1668 to 1693 when a fire ravaged the old one in 1662. It also boasts of housing the largest cathedral organ in the world. The present building, which is around 100 meters long, still contains a part of the structure that remained unscathed by the fire. It lies on the eastern side of the structure and is popular with tourists for its Gothic style. Giovanni Battista Carloene undertook the interior decoration of the cathedral; Carpoforo Tencalla did the frescoes, and Carpoforo Tencalla the overall planning.
The Residenzplatz: This locale is bordered on the south by the new residence of the bishop, which dates back to the early Neo-classical period. Walk along and view a series of old buildings replete with their concealed ridge roofs, corbelling, and arcades. The residence of the bishop hosts the cathedral treasury. It also hosts a Diocesan museum that has to be accessed through the cathedral. The old palace, the toy museum, and the municipal theater are located close to the Residentplatz.
Veste Oberhaus: Established in 1219, this fortress served as the Bishop of Passau’s stronghold. This building is situated atop a mountain that lies between the Liz and the Danube rivers. It also provides tourists with a breathtaking view of the city. If the walls could talk, they would tell tourists that this fortress was assaulted on five occasions between 1250 and 1482. Thanks to its location, this fortress was never conquered militarily. According to history, locals who revolted against the Bishop in 1298 and in 1367 also attacked this building. During 1741, the Bavarians engaged the fortress. The Austrians removed the Bavarians and handed over the fortress to the Bishop.
The Jochenstien Power Station: Frequently visited by tourists, the Jochenstien Power Station is one of the largest power stations in Europe. It is located 22 kilometers east of Passau.
The Glass Museum: This is a must visit for those who are interested in Bohemian glass. There is simply no other glass museum of its kind in the world. Its 30,000 glass exhibits some of which date back as far as the year 1700 fascinate visitors. Founded by George Höltl, this museum was inaugurated in March 1985 by Neil Armstrong. Visitors are recommended to start from the fourth floor and work their way downwards. The Wilder Man Hotel also shares the museum building. (photos: Demonwhip, germany-vacations.com)