Set at the junction of three rivers, Passau is one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. Over the centuries, the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers have brought incredible prosperity to Passau and is reflected in its grand architecture, churches and castles. Get lost in the cobbled streets of the old town or venture outside the city to discover scenic cycling trails.
Things to do in Passau
The Altstadt occupies a narrow peninsula and is criss-crossed with cobbled lanes and alleys. Strolling around the old town, you’ll be enchanted by pastel-coloured Gothic, Baroque and Italianate buildings.
From chef-driven restaurants to cosy bistros, Passau offers some of the best dining experiences in Bavaria. Enjoy coffee and cake at an atmospheric café and dine al fresco in one of the sunny plazas. Be sure to sample regional dishes such as “schweinshaxn” roasted ham hock, “leberknödelsuppe” liver dumpling soup and “obatzter” cheese dip.
Built in the 13th century, Veste Oberhaus towers over the city and commands sweeping views over the rivers. Inside the medieval stronghold is the excellent Oberhausmuseum, where you can learn about the rich history and heritage of Passau.
Several long-distance cycling routes pass through Passau, making it an excellent base for bike tours. The Danube Cycle Path is a favourite and offers fantastic views of the iconic river. Along the way, you’ll pass by postcard-perfect villages and rolling vineyards.
Museum Moderner Kunst occupies a beautiful Gothic building and showcases contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection spotlights a variety of styles and movements, including Classical Modernism, Vienna Actionism, Fluxus and Arte Povera.
Getting around Passau
Passau is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. If you’re arriving by car, it’s convenient to park at Veste Oberhaus and walk down to the Altstadt. The drive to Munich takes around two hours while trains run to Munich in around 2.5 hours.