City of Three Rivers
Passau is a city with a history of 2000 years that goes back to a roman settlement and even before. The past millennia have shaped this small but surprisingly cosmopolitan and culturally active city significantly, so that today the city can offer a diverse range of places of interest from its historical past.
The harmonious mixture of old architecture and new ideas is what makes Passau so special. Whether contemplative and romantic, or vibrant and modern, Passau offers its guests just the right mix to discover Passau's charms. A wide range of renowned galleries and museums round off the entertainment variety.
Whether Christmas market, festival weeks or Eulenspiegel old town festival, Passau is always worth a visit. It is not for nothing that Alexander von Humboldt titled Passau as one of the 7 most beautiful cities in the world.
The old town of Passau and Saint Stephen's Cathedral with the largest church organ in the world
At the highest point of the old town is the magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, which celebrated its baroque resurrection after the city fire in 1662 by famous Italian architects. The artistic stucco work and frescoes in the interior are particularly worth seeing. With almost 18,000 pipes, the cathedral has the largest cathedral organ in the world.
An organ concert is sure to be an incomparable acoustic experience.
Glass Museum Passau
The Glass Museum Passau is located at the end of the Glasstraße and houses the world's largest collection of European glass from Bavaria, the Czech Republic, Silesia and Austria. Over 30,000 exhibits provide a comprehensive overview of the different periods of glass art from 1680 to 1950. The focus is on the 19th century to Art Nouveau, the time when Bohemian glass art was in its heyday. The Glass Museum Passau is located together with the Hotel Wilder Mann in the 'Wilder Mann building complex'.
Veste Oberhaus - The Bishop's Castle
History comes to life in a unique way in the 800-year-old, the former fortress of the Bishop. Experience exciting exhibitions in the Upper House Museum, which is housed in the walls of this magnificent European cultural monument, and let the unique atmosphere of the historic castle walls and defensive towers work their magic on you. Visit the Georg chapel in the heart of the castle with its wonderful Gothic frescoes and enjoy the unique view of the confluence of the three rivers Donau, Inn and Ilz.
At the confluence of three rivers
At the Dreiflüsseeck ('Corner of three rivers') at the end of the Passau peninsula, you are at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz.
You can also enjoy a fantastic view of Passau from the water by taking part in a three river cruise with the excursion boats of the shipping company Wurm & Noé.
The representative town hall halls with the colossal painting on the Nibelungenlied and the history of Passau by the history painter Ferdinand Wagner are worth a visit.
Roman Museum 'Kastell Boiotro'
Passau's town history dates back to a 3rd century Roman military camp. The uncovered foundations of the Roman fort are accessible to the public as a museum in the city center
These and other interesting sights are waiting for you.
We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful, interesting and young at heart three-river city!