Passau, Germany - City on Three Rivers

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    Overview of Passau, Germany

    Passau, Germany is a city on three rivers
    ••• Passau, Germany is a city on three rivers. Linda Garrison

    Passau is found near the border of Germany and Austria and sits at the junction of three rivers -- the Danube, Inn, and Ils. In the 17th century, much of the old city was destroyed in a devastating fire, but the citizens rebuilt Passau in primarily an Italian baroque style.

    Danube River cruise ships dock at a small park near the old town, and passengers can walk into the city to enjoy the pedestrian shopping areas, historical sites, and picturesque architecture of the buildings. Passau is a perfect example of a great river cruise port of call. It has interesting history, good shopping, and many fascinating buildings/

    This Bavarian town of about 50,000 residents is also home to the University of Passau, giving the town a youthful ambiance.

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    St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany

    St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

    St. Stephen's Cathedral in located in the center of the old town. It has three huge towers topped with green onion domes, so it's easily recognizable all over the town. 

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    St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany

    St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, Germany. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

    The interior of St. Stephen's Cathedral is done mostly in white, which is quite a contrast from the dark interiors of many other large cathedrals.

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    St. Stephen's Cathedral Organ in Passau

    St. Stephen's Cathedral Organ in Passau
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany St. Stephen's Cathedral Organ in Passau. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

    A highlight of a Passau visit is an organ concert in St. Stephen's Cathedral. The organ in this baroque church is the world's largest cathedral organ, with over 17,000 pipes and 233 registers.The organ concert is usually held at noon, allowing cruise ship passengers a couple of hours to explore Passau on their own after the concert is over.

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    Passau, Germany on Three Rivers -- Danube, Ilz, and Inn

    Passau, Germany on Three Rivers -- Danube, Ilz, and Inn
    ••• Passau Is Danube River Cruise Port of Call Passau, Germany on Three Rivers -- Danube, Ilz, and Inn. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison
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    Passau Fortress - Veste Oberhaus

    Passau Fortress - Veste Oberhaus
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany Passau Fortress - Veste Oberhaus. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

     Across the Danube River from old town Passau is the Veste Oberhaus Fortress, which dates back to the 13th century. The powerful Bishops of Passau built and used the fortress from 1217 to 1803. Visitors can cross the bridge to visit this ancient fortress that overlooks the city and its rivers. A shuttle takes visitors to the top of the hill, but it's a good hike for those who enjoy the exercise. The view is worth the exertion. 

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    Passau Fortress - Veste Oberhaus

    Passau Fortress - Veste Oberhaus
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany Passau Fortress - Veste Oberhaus. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison
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    Quiet Pedestrian Street in Old Town Passau, Germany

    Quiet Pedestrian Street in Old Town Passau, Germany
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany Quiet Pedestrian Street in Old Town Passau, Germany. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

    I love strolling on old streets like this one, imagining those who have been there before me.

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    Passau High Water Marker

    Passau High Water Marker
    ••• Passau Has Been Flooded Many Times Over the Centuries Passau High Water Marker. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

    This high water marker near the Danube River in Passau marks some of the worse floods over the centuries. The highest mark was in 1501 and the last was in 2002.

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    St. Paul's Church in Passau, Germany

    St. Paul's Church in Passau, Germany
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany St. Paul's Church in Passau, Germany. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison
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    Inn River in Passau, Germany

    Inn River in Passau, Germany
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany Inn River in Passau, Germany. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison
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    Passau, Germany Inn River View

    Passau, Germany Inn River View
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany Passau, Germany Inn River View. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison
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    Passau Park - Junction of Danube and Inn Rivers

    Passau Park - Junction of Danube and Inn Rivers
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany Passau Park - Junction of Danube and Inn Rivers. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

    Danube River cruise ships dock at this small park at the junction of the Danube and Inn Rivers in Passau.

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    Sailing Away from Passau on the Flooded Danube River

    Sailing Away from Passau on the Flooded Danube River
    ••• Passau - City on Three Rivers in Germany Sailing Away from Passau on the Flooded Danube River. Passau Germany on the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

    This photo shows how muddy and swollen the Danube River can be. This photo was taken in June 2009, but high waters can occur at any time of the year.