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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

Melk

Danube Christmas Markets

1 sailing date November 2021
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Trier

German Riverscapes from Passau to Trier

1 sailing date May 2021
8 Nights From Passau , to Germany , Trier
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Bamberg

Prague to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
23 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Belgrade

Rhine, Main & Danube

4 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

Treasures of the Danube from Bucharest

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2022
15 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Germany , Nuremberg
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Passau

Nuremberg To Vienna

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Austria , Vienna
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Melk

Treasures of the Danube from Nuremberg

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2022
15 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Amsterdam

Christmas Markets of Europe Amsterdam to Prague

1 sailing date
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Vienna

Christmas Markets on the Danube & Prague

2 sailing dates December 2021
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Melk

Oktoberfest with Danube Explorer Munich - Budapest

1 sailing date September 2021
9 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Oberammergau Passion Play with Danube Delights

1 sailing date July 2022
10 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Bratislava

Oberammergau Passion Play with Danube Delights

2 sailing dates May 2022 to September 2022
9 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Danube Holiday Markets Passau to Budapest

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
7 Nights From Passau , to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Grand Europe - Budapest To Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2021
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Würzburg

Magical Christmas Markets With Imperial Europe

1 sailing date
22 Nights From , to
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Vienna

Festive Christmas Markets With Magnificent Europe

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Berlin

Festive Christmas Markets with Magnificent Europe

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Passau

From the Black Sea to the North Sea

2 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
26 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Frankfurt

Christmastime Mainz to Vienna

1 sailing date
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Nuremberg

Munich to Amsterdam

1 sailing date
20 Nights From , to
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