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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau September 9th 2022

We woke up this morning to rain and our first excursion was a walking tour of Passau. So we put on our warmer clothes, grabbed an umbrella and headed out to meet our local guide right outside the ship. Suddenly, the rain stopped, and we didn’t need the umbrella after all. Our local guide, Esther, was a very charming Asian woman from Singapore, who had married a German and moved to Passau about 10 years ago. It is a typical medieval town like we have been visiting with a population of about 50,000 people. Its main claim to fame is that it exists mostly on a peninsula where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers meet. In fact, looking down on the peninsula from above, the difference in color of the Danube River which is more bluish ... read more
Passau - Ester Points out the Flood Lines
Passau - St-Stephens Cathedral Organ
Passau - St-Pauls Church Interior

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau October 6th 2018

Woke today to most glorious sunrise. Sleep in then breakfast as mostly a cruising day on the Danube. Soon dropped of others doing the day trips which left just some on board to ourselves, much quieter on board now. Sat in our room watching the views go by, mostly forests down to the river, trees just starting to turn colour for Autumn. Moved to the sundeck after a strudel making exhibition by the chef. Just perfect on the sundeck watching the views. Lovely sunny day with little breeze. Lunch then arrived Passau. What an entrance to a most beautiful town with cathedrals and churches in amongst the cobbled streets and squares. Walked on our through the streets to St Stephen's cathedral, very baroque interior, very beautiful and interesting. Back on board for dinner. ... read more
Cruising the Danube
Cruising the Danube
Cruising the Danube

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau September 9th 2018

The day started with a bun fight at breakfast time. This location is obviously a favourite with the oldies as the place was full of them. By the look of them they are there for the buffet dinner and breakfast as what they lack in body power they make up for in eating! It wasn't a good place to put cyclists as it's out of town, there is nowhere to go and the directions were hopeless. So, that set us up for a real good start. How to get back to the bike trail? We got back to town in reverse but from there it all turned bad and we couldn't find the cycle trail. We asked for directions and were soon off again but still managed to turn too early near the river. We eventually ... read more
The Dom clock tower
The ceiling art in St Stephen's Dom
The Canadian Team

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau August 25th 2018

Dag -3 Rondreis Roemenië Zaterdag 25/8/208 – Passau (D) Eerste etappe van onze Roemenië trip. 835 km tot Passau (D) aan de Donau aan de grens met Oostenrijk. Niets noemenswaardig, behalve vies weer gans de weg.... read more
Roemenië-Kaart Terugreis

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau May 15th 2018

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 ... read more
The town hall faces the Danube and the Feste Oberhaus on the hill across the river.
The Feste Oberhaus was built as a fortress in 1219.
Decorative paintings on houses

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau May 2nd 2018

We slept in an extra half hour and didn't take breakfast until 8:30. No need to explain how much I enjoyed it. There was only one other couple in the breakfast room. It's the custom in Germany to walk into the breakfast room and say “Guten Morgen” to the group in there. Everyone does it and no one even looks at you when you say it. A weird custom that I always forget to do when I enter the room. On our way to Passau for a day of sightseeing we saw a Viking Cruise boat docked on the Danube miles away from the main Passau docks. We could see crew members swabbing the decks and loading supplies. Across the street was a Lidl store. We made an unscheduled stop. We love shopping in Lidl. It's ... read more
Still looking clean and mean
View from the Luitpold Brücke
Cassie's boat

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau May 1st 2018

Departure from the hotel was a simple affair. Today there was an English speaking person manning the desk in the travel agency next door. We simply handed back our keys and used our Visa to pay the bill. I still can't believe the rate was only $155.00 for two nights right in the center of town. Best deal of the entire trip. Against all odds our car was still parked in the same spot with no tickets on the windshield. After getting a nice long rest she would get a good workout today. She would also get a bath at the first opportunity. Getting out of Karlovy Vary was a rather interesting ordeal. Thankfully the X1's GPS was up to the task taking us through a series of twisting roads along the upper course of the ... read more
Only five days worth of dirt
Off into the Czech heartland
I got wood

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau December 20th 2017

Passau is a city (albeit small) with a population of just over 51,000 inhabitants. It is close to the Austrian border. As you would expect being on a Danube cruise, Passau lies on the Danube. However, not being content with one river, Passau has the unique position of also lying on the banks of the River Inn and River Ilz, for this special city sits on the confluence of where all three rivers meet. Therefore, not surprisingly Passau is known as the Three Rivers City. This is not the snappiest nickname ever thought of but you can’t argue with German logic; it does what it says on the tin!! Today all four of us ventured out and joined the inclusive walking tour. One of the optional tours was a visit to Salzburg - a ... read more
Passau's worst floods!!
The Executioners House
The start of the 'coloured' brick road

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau October 17th 2017

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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Passau September 7th 2017

Our last day in Prague came so quickly but we were ready to pack up and go to Prague via motor coach which is really just a bus. Tom and I felt it only appropriate that this bus was built by Mercedes. The comfortable padded seats were already in the laid back position and each had a seat belt. We were told the trip would be approximately 3 1/2 hours from Prague to Passau so we settled in for the ride. Our host was Guillome who sat in the front of the bus and spoke softly into the microphone describing the scenery as the bus sped from the Czech Republic towards Germany. I closed my eyes to rest but instead was riveted by his telling of the history and culture of this area. He told us ... read more

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