What is the main threat to Passau? FLOODS
On the wall of the town hall, the heights of various floods have been recorded. The worst was August 15, 1501, and the second worst was June 3, 2013. For amazing visuals, google "Hochwasser in Passau".
15,000 German soldiers tried to help the 50,000 residents without drinking water or electricity and severely damaged buildings.
Passau, which was the only day Phil passed on the walking tour. Our boat had fallen behind schedule due to the needed repairs done in Nuremburg, so again we were bussed to keep up with the planned trip itinerary. But being away from the boat the whole day was just too much for Phil. That was a bit unfortunate, because that was the day of the amazing glass museum. But I took lots of photos, some of which are in this blog.
Passau is on a peninsula which stretches between the Danube and the Inn Rivers and it also receives the the flow from the Ilz River, so it's actually at the confluence of 3 rivers. Due to the geography of their different origins, the water of the Ilz looks blackish, so it's known as the "Black Pearl". The Inn River has a more turquoise color and the Danube, while not a bright blue, is definitely bluish, so at times one can see the waters of the three rivers merging just downstream of the city.
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