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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

Passau

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2479pp
Linz

Christmastime On The Danube - Prague to Vienna

1 sailing date November 2018
8 Nights From Prague, to Austria , Vienna

Festive River Cruising | The ultimate Christmas Markets getaway

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1739pp
Budapest

Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure

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

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

8 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam , to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4769pp
Vienna

Musical Magic Along the Blue Danube

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

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

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

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

9 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg, GermanY
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2169pp
Bamberg

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

31 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £2479pp
Passau

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4769pp
Vienna

Romantic Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest

59 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
AmaWaterways logo FROM £1939pp
Bratislava

Melodies of the Danube - Budapest to Vilshofen

55 sailing dates December 2018 to December 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Vilshofen
AmaWaterways logo FROM £1939pp
Bamberg

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

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

The Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Prague

1 sailing date December 2018
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Prague

Festive river cruise | The ultimate Christmas markets getaway

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2239pp
Budapest

Legendary Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

6 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Nuremberg, GermanY, Germany to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2549pp
Vienna

The Legendary Danube - Prague to Budapest

32 sailing dates December 2018 to December 2019
9 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary

Includes flights and transfers. No single supplement special, prices from £2,269.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2099pp
Vienna

Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date June 2021
16 Nights From Amsterdam , to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £8769pp
Melk

Treasures of the Danube

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Vienna, Austria
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4799pp
Regensburg

Grand Europe

1 sailing date September 2021
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £8769pp
Budapest

Delightful Danube Regensburg to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Regensburg, Germany, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2789pp
Melk

Grand Rhine Holiday - Budapest to Regensburg

1 sailing date December 2022
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Regensburg, Germany
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