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Passau River Cruises

About Passau 

Passau’s alternative moniker as The City of Three Rivers makes it a natural destination for a river cruise and it’s so-named because it’s the place where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Book virtually any Danube River voyage and you’ll have an opportunity to explore the town. Beginning life as an ancient Roman colony, Passau was one of Germany’s principal weapons manufacturing towns during the Renaissance period and was ravaged by fire in 1662, after which much of it was rebuilt in the Baroque style. Today, almost a fifth of its population comprises students at the town’s university, ensuring a contemporary edge to a destination which is also rich in historic attractions to explore. 

Exploring Passau 

Undoubtedly Passau’s star attraction is St Stephen’s Cathedral, a beautiful Italian Baroque place of worship, with striking green onion domes and sculpting on its exterior. The building’s most famous feature however can be found inside; none other than the second-largest cathedral pipe organ in the world, comprising over 17,000 pipes. For fans of organ music a visit to the church is obviously a must, but even if you’re not, it’s certainly something to see with some breathtaking interiors, statues and artworks. 

Another popular attraction which is visible wherever you are in the town is the Altes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall, which traces its origins back to the 13th century and its corresponding Town Hall Tower, which is newer and built in the Neo-gothic style, having being completed in 1892. Despite its name it’s where the town’s council still sits today, but many of the rooms are open to the public and there are some great exhibits and artwork to discover. The Old Bishop’s residence is another fascinating building to explore, offering an insight into the lifestyle of those of religious standing and some beautiful architecture and expansions from a number of different historical periods. 

Situated on a mountain crest, Veste Oberhaus is great place from which to enjoy the spectacular view of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers below and also houses a fascinating museum which tells the story of the town through all periods of its history. Built in 1219, it is a fortress with its own story and was for much of its life the stronghold of the Bishop of Passau. 

Should you want more of a historic overview, Passau’s also home to a number of other informative and fascinating museums. Take a trip a little out of the town centre and you’ll find the Romer Museum Kastell Boiotro, which is actually part museum, part archaeological site and tells the story of the area's days of Roman settlement. The clue is in the name when it comes to the subject of Passau’s Glass Museum and if you’re a glass collector, you’ll clearly be in Heaven here, though it’s clearly more about exhibiting than education. 

Passau tips 

Passau is a great place to eat and boasts no fewer than five breweries, so it’s the perfect destination if you enjoy beer with your meal or like to sample the local brew. A glass of the local brew is generally cheaper in the town’s student area.

Passau Itineraries

Amsterdam

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

121 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Prague

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2499pp
Regensburg

Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure

3 sailing dates July 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Regensburg
Tauck logo FROM £3689pp
Budapest

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4969pp
Passau

Musical Magic Along the Blue Danube

3 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Tauck logo FROM £5489pp
Bamberg

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

3 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
Tauck logo FROM £12499pp
Bratislava

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

16 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2269pp
Bamberg

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

31 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £2499pp
Amsterdam

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4969pp
Passau

Romantic Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest

139 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2029pp
Würzburg

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Regensburg

Legendary Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2659pp
Budapest

The Legendary Danube - Prague to Budapest

29 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
9 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest

Includes flights and transfers.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1729pp
Belgrade

Vilshofen to Giurgiu

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Vilshofen , to Giurgiu
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Bratislava

Giurgiu to Vilshofen

12 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
14 Nights From Giurgiu, to Vilshofen
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Bratislava

Vilshofen to Budapest

9 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2020
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo CALL
Regensburg

From the Danube Delta to Prague

4 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
18 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5399pp
Bratislava

Amsterdam to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2929pp
Budapest

Budapest to Amsterdam

9 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2929pp
Passau

Danube Waltz

1 sailing date November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Passau
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1295pp

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