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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

Budapest

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Hungary , Budapest
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Prague

Delightful Danube - Budapest to Prague

18 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Vienna

Vienna to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Vilshofen

Prague to Vienna

10 sailing dates October 2020 to November 2021
9 Nights From Prague, to Austria , Vienna
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Passau

The Danube From Germany to Black Sea

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
15 Nights From Deggendorf, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Amsterdam

From The Black Sea To The North Sea

3 sailing dates October 2020 to September 2021
25 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Frankfurt

Enchanted Europe - Westbound

5 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Switzerland , Basel
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4969pp
Vienna

Jewels Of Central Europe - Budapest to Remich

6 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Remich, Luxembourg
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4029pp
Vienna

Christmastime from Vienna to Basel

4 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
15 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Switzerland , Basel
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Vienna

Vilshofen to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2020
7 Nights From Villefranche (for Monaco & Nice), France, France to Hungary , Budapest
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Melk

Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt

4 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
11 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Frankfurt
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Bratislava

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

5 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Classical Music on the Danube

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Passau, to Passau
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £1969pp
Passau

Golf Cruise on the Danube

2 sailing dates October 2020 to August 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Passau
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Budapest

The Beautiful Blue Danube

1 sailing date August 2020
5 Nights From Paris, France to Paris
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Melk

Blue Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £1899pp
Bamberg

Across Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

1 sailing date August 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Holland
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £3059pp
Budapest

Prague And The Beautiful Blue Danube

2 sailing dates August 2020 to July 2021
7 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Dürnstein

Vilshofen To Budapest

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Vilshofen, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Bratislava

Discovering Salzburg And The Beautiful Blue Danube

3 sailing dates October 2020 to July 2021
7 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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