City Profile: Passau

Passau is an attractive university city not far from the Bavarian Alps, and is home to a wide range of events and attractions, as well as three different rivers! It is also known for having the most pubs of any city in Germany, relative to its size, and contains not one but three breweries - the Löwenbrauerei, the Hacklberg Brewery and the Andorfer Brewery.

Things to see and do

The Dult Festival

Traditional German gingerbread hearts on sale
Traditional German gingerbread hearts on sale© Colourbox

The Dult takes place twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn. Similar in style to nearby Munich's Oktoberfest, the Dult features brilliant local beers, well-appointed beer tents, traditional German food, music, a funfair, and of course, plenty of Lederhose! To find out more about visiting the Dult, which will next take place this autumn, please click here (in German only):


The Three Rivers

The old town of Passau, where the Danube, Inn and Iltz rivers come together
The old town of Passau, where the Danube, Inn and Iltz rivers come together© picture alliance / dpa

Three different rivers come together in Passau's beautiful old town - the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube. Each river is a different colour, making the point at which they meet look absolutely spectacular.

St Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau
St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau© picture alliance / dpa

St Stephen's Cathedral located on the highest point of the old town, houses the biggest cathedral organ in the world. With 17,974 pipes, 233 stops and 4 carrillons, it really is quite a sight! The cathedral itself also has an interesting history - after it burnt down in 1662, it was completely rebuit in the magnificent Baroque style seen today.

Veste Oberhaus

Veste Oberhaus in Passau
Veste Oberhaus in Passau© picture alliance / dpa

The Veste Oberhaus is an ancient fortress, founded in 1299 on a hill right beside the old town. Invaders tried to conquer it several times throughout history, but never succeeded. Today the building is made up of a variety of architectural styles, with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The fortress affords a wonderful view over the entire city and the surrounding countryside, and contains exhibitions on the history of Passau. Find out more here (in German only):


Glass Museum

Two dragon vases from circa 1800 on display in the Passau Glass Museum
Two dragon vases from circa 1800 on display in the Passau Glass Museum© picture-alliance / dpa

Considered to be the most beautiful collection of glass pieces in the world by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the Passau Glass Museum is home to glass objects from a wide variety of different time periods. It is an important research centre for European glassmaking and glass objects from 1650 to 1950, and contains beautiful pieces in the Rococo, Baroque, Modernist, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles among others. More information on visiting the museum can be found here (in German only):



Passau at sunset
Passau at sunset© picture-alliance / DUMONT Bildar

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View of the Danube River and the city of Passau
View of the Danube River and the city of Passau© picture alliance / Arcaid

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