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Passau's unique selling proposal is its location at the confluence of three rivers: Danube/Donau, Inn and Ilz. Landscape and city together form a great panorama.
At the same time this location is their biggest problem, as the city is in danger of floodings. The old town is located on the peninsula between Donau and Inn and if one of them, or worse: both, brings a flood wave the lower part of the old town is drowned. The flood of June 2013 has been the worst they had for 500 years. Clean-ups have been finished in the meantime, but renovation works are likely to take a while. Nevertheless Passau welcomes and needs visitors now, town businesses can do with everey Euro tourists would spend.

I visited in December 2012, though, when everything was dry and calm. My so far only visit to Passau dated back 40 years, I was a small kid then and did not remember much. Reason to go again. So I picked Passau as the first base during my 2012 Advent trip, to see the Christmas market and the city and some places in the surroundings. As usual, a four-night stay was too short to cover everything I would have wanted to cover. Reason to visit again in the future...

Passau has recently become a rather busy tourist spot, it seems, because it is a major stop or even start/end point for cruises on the Danube. I am not sure if the current river cruise hype will do the city much good. It was December and there were just one or two cruise ships in town, but the cruise passengers showed. I really do not want to know what's it like during peak season when the inmates of eight or ten or more cruise ships invade the town. The entire Danube bank almost up to Dreiflüsseeck has boat landings lined up, one of which is used for a local company's day cruises, al the others are meant for cruise vessels. I noticed lots of souvenir shops of the tackiest kind in the old town, the kind that caters for overseas tourists (think cuckoo clocks, Berlin bears, Bavarian folkloristic items, snow globes depicting Cologne cathedral and beer steins all in one place). Passau is a beautiful place, let's hope it won't become the next Rothenburg.

  • Last visit to Passau: Dec 2012
  • Intro Updated Jul 10, 2013
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    Another beautiful page and another town to go on my wish list. Irene

    • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
      Mar 23, 2014 at 4:57 AM

      Yes, another attractive destination in that area. Regensburg and Passau are about an hour apart so one could easily be done as a day trip from the other.

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Love the winter pics. Impressive cathedral! It was sad to see the damage done by the most recent flood :(


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