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Passau in Germany dates back to Roman times and lies at the confluence of the three rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube near to the Austrian border.
In the old town you find picturesque squares like the Domplatz, Residenzplatz and Rathausplatz, the church towers of St. Paul's, the convent Niedernburg (with tomb of St.Gisela), St.Michael's, the cathedral and the town hall tower, nooks and crannies, the enchanting footpaths along Danube and Inn.
At the three river conjunction point you witness a most breathtaking natural spectacle, three rivers coming together in one place. In St. Steven's Cathedral you may experience the world's largest cathedral organ.
With the pleasant smell of "Lebkuchen" (gingerbread), baked apples and beeswax - Christmas is in the air. With almost childlike joy, locals and visitors alike enjoy the Advent and its contemplative charm at the atmospheric Christmas market, held each year in the charming old town of Passau against the splendid backdrop of the Cathedral of St. Stephen.
In the weeks before Christmas Eve (November 26th - December 23rd, 2010), the tastefully decorated square in front of the Cathedral offers a unique flair and a range of high-quality products in stalls. Discover the tastes of regional specialties, as well as a variety of different crafts created by artistic skills that have almost fallen into oblivion. Let the Passau Christmas Market inspire you.
We have listed some of favourite Passau hotels below. However, Germany has so much more to offer if you are keen on extending your travels. Why not take advantage of our Cologne city breaks or hotels in Cochem?
Our Passau Hotel Recommendations
The Three Rivers City offers besides numerous sights a scenic townscape with its highly romantic old town and various attractive shops. One can enjoy cheerful hours in a comfortable atmosphere in picturesque alleys, on cosy squares and in appealingly designed precincts. From the historic old town through the pedestrian zone all the way to the "New Centre" the visitor gets everything which is fashionable and trendy. More than 500 shops with friendly staff - from the small one-line shop to the attractive shopping centre with more than 90 shops - are in a short walking distance in the heart of Passau.
Regional food at the bridge with view to Veste Oberhaus.
Restaurant " Am Paulusbogen"
This restaurant is near Cathedral and offers regional and international Food.
it is on the way to Veste Oberhaus. The restaurant provides a wood stove. Also visit of the brewery on demand.
Passau - the "Three-Rivers-City" is really one of a kind. Witness the fascinating natural spectacle of the confluence of three rivers: the Danube, Inn and Ilz.
The Old Town of Passau, rebuilt in the 17th century by Italian baroque masters after a devastating town fire, is outstandingly beautiful. In the heart of Passau rises the Cathedral of St. Steven with its three characteristic, green onion-domed towers.
Most of the sights are in Passau's Old Town: many churches, the New Bishop's Residence, the magnificent gothic Town Hall and most of Passau's museums.Picturesque places, romantic lanes and enchanting riverfront promenades invite visitors to take a rest and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The fortress "Veste Oberhaus" in the North and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" in the South are enthroned high above Passau's Old Town.
Combining quality drama with a dramatic setting, the Stadttheater Company is housed in the Stadttheater Passau, Gottfried-Schäfer-Strasse, a beautiful baroque opera house built by the local prince-bishops. Call for performance schedules and ticket prices. Summertime brings drama, pantomime, opera, jazz, and classical concerts to town, scheduled as part of the Europäische Wochen (European Weeks) Festival, which runs June to late July.
Home to Passau's popular cabaret company, Theater im ScharfrichterHaus,Milchgasse 2, is open September to July. It also hosts a series of jazz concerts throughout the year. Contact the theater for schedules, prices, and ticket availability. Tickets cost 18€ to 25€ ($29-$40).
Café Innsteg, Innstrasse 15, housed in a bungalow hanging over the Inn River, offers the town's most scenic setting in which to relax with a drink. Like every other cafe/bar in town, it's open from midmorning until 1am. Café Kowalski, Oberer Sandstrasse 1, is less dramatic but also has balcony views of the river. Underground, across the river, Joe's Garage, Lederergasse 38, is a friendly student dive named after a Frank Zappa album.