Passau is known as the city of three rivers. The Inn river flowing out of the Alps and the Ilz river flowing out of the Bavarian forests meet the Danube here. This confluence emphasizes the town's ancient and strategic location that dates back at least to the Roman era and probably even before that. It also means that flooding remains a constant threat to the city to this day. The photo below records the level of water on the Old Town Hall wall for floods from as far back as the 1500's and to more recent times. To see it more clearly just click on it. You can enlarge any picture in the blog just by clicking on it.
My wife noted in her diary that this St. Stephan's is definitely Baroque, but it emphasizes white plaster work instead of the gaudy gold leaf of Melk Abbey. She felt that it was still plenty fancy, but was lighter and more airy--not quite as ostentacious as Melk. The retrochoir of the cathedral is actually gothic, but the interior clearly trumpets Baroque.
|The ceiling paintings are gorgeous the wall carvings lush.|
And the organ loft out of this world
We settled on a Passau Potpourri. If we could stay another night this hotel, right on quayside, would have been super. Plus it also housed a Glass Museum.
It was narrow and strung with umbrellas that took on a special character when shot from below.
On the way out of town the pinkish early middle ages parish church of St. Paul wished us farewell