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Passau: Floating City Highlights Tour on the Danube and Inn

1. Passau: Floating City Highlights Tour on the Danube and Inn

Float through Passau on a sightseeing cruise along the Danube, Inn, and IIz rivers. Admire colorful Italian architecture and spot highlights like St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Oberhaus Fortress, and Veste Niederhaus. Learn about the area with onboard commentary. Hope on board and immediately start enjoying unforgettable views of Passau. Discover the Italian flair of colorful facades and intricate architecture. See St. Stephen's Cathedral as you cruise along the estuary of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz. Snap photos of the Oberhaus and Niederhaus from the water as you listen to insider information about the city and its history over the onboard loudspeakers. Enjoy a cup of coffee, cool drinks, cake, and more, available to purchase directly on board.

Passau: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

2. Passau: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of Passau on this guided walking tour of the Old Town. Navigate through charming narrow alleys to uncover hidden gems. Enjoy the vibrant colors of the Höllgasse Artists Alley.Meet your guide at the docks and begin your walking adventure. Stroll over the brightly painted cobblestones in the Höllgasse Artists Alley and capture a picture of this unique space. Pass by the ornate clock tower of the Town hall and view the murals of knights in armor on its grand façade.Follow your guide to the banks of the mighty Inn River. Pass through the narrowest alley in town before arriving at the back of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Listen as your guide tells you the story behind this baroque cathedral which towers at a height of 100 meters.Get local recommendations for lunch, which museums to visit, and where to get the best ice cream in town before bidding your guide farewell.

Passau: 1-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

3. Passau: 1-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

Visit the most beautiful places in Passau on relaxed walking city tour with background information, funny stories, and secret tips from a local certified city guide. Walk through the picturesque streets, pass the Old Town Hall and tower with its flood lines, and see the theater and national historical treasure, ScharfrichterHaus. See the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. On the left bank of the Danube River, admire the Veste Oberhaus fortress that towers over Passau and was built in 1219. Next to the castle complex of Veste Niederhaus, see where the courses of the Danube, Ilz, and Inn rivers intersect, giving Passau its epithet the “City of Three Rivers.”  Not far from here is the former Jesuit Church of St. Micheal where you’ll also see the new and old parts of town. All along the way, enjoy the opportunity to take photos, particularly at the Inn promenade and Residenzplatz with its cute cafes.

Passau: Food Tour with 5 Local Food Tastings

4. Passau: Food Tour with 5 Local Food Tastings

Take a trip through the Bavarian town of Passau with a foodie guide, starting by the banks of the Danube and continuing to the old town. See famous landmarks like the baroque St. Stephan's Cathedral, drop into the oldest tavern in the city, and walk down the Grabengasse, a colorful artists' alley. Along the way, make five culinary stops with your group and listen to your guide explain the significance of each dish to Passau’s history or current events. Try a variety of small bites from savory to sweet and wash it back with a complimentary drink and coffee. Chat with your guide about the best places to check out once the tour is finished and continue your solo exploration of Passau.

Passau Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

5. Passau Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

Explore Passau on a walking tour with a private guide. Marvel at stunning feats of architecture, such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and Old City Hall, feast your eyes on the rushing Danube River, understand the economic impact of Passau's salt trade, and learn about the town's unique cultural origins. Begin your tour by meeting your guide at St. Stephen's Cathedral, a baroque church built in 1688 and home to Europe's largest church organ. Then step outside to explore the winding streets of Old Town, including the Royal Promenade, Old City Hall, and gothic and baroque-inspired architecture. Walk to the rushing river banks to see where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube, with the towering Veste Oberhaus Castle nearby. Learn why the rivers made Passau a key trade location and how historical figures such as Empress Sissi further developed Passau into an epicenter of the salt trade.  Continue further, listening closely as your guide details the devastating fire from 1662, which almost destroyed the city. Explore more of the city center's artisan-owned galleries, shops, and restaurants before returning to St. Stephen's Cathedral and ending your tour.

Highlights Tour with pralines

6. Highlights Tour with pralines

Located on three rivers, built in baroque style, Passau has always been a magnet for traders and travelers. Discover the story of this unique city, walking though tiny streets in the middle of the old town.

Passau - Classic Guided tour

7. Passau - Classic Guided tour

Start the tour at the St. Stephen's Cathedral - A baroque church from 1688 dedicated to Saint Stephen. There have been many churches on the site of the current cathedral since 730. The cathedral possesses the largest cathedral organ in the world which can be played with the five-manual general console in the gallery and there are a total of six consoles. Head towards the episcopal palaces Located in the old town of Pasau on today’s Residenzplatz, the Neue Bischöfliche Residenz, of the prince bishops of Passau was built from 1712 to 1730 in the Viennese late Baroque style. Moving on, we shall go to the City Hall that dates back to the 14th Century, the Altes Rathaus is a very historic site built in Neo-Gothic architectural style. The lavish paintings on the interior walls speak a lot about the local legends. While you walk through, keep an eye out to observe the water marks on the side of the building depicting the heights and dates of various floods that occured during its history. You may also find numerous places to eat or to enjoy a beverage. From here, we shall head towards Narrow passageways and into unknown corners to discover where some of the city’s most remarkable life unfolds and will explore the hidden courtyards. Next, we shall visit the pilgrimage church that was founded in 1622 by Domdekan Marquard von Schwendi, the church “pilgrimage church Mariahilf” literally translates to “Mary help us”. The church has 321 pilgrimage steps and offers magnificent views. Finally, we shall hike up to the Oberhaus fortress, which also has its Museum. It is Passaus’ bastion offering amazing views all over Passau and its Austrian neighbors. As you climb, you will gain a wider view of Passau, its green hills, buildings with red roofs, its colorful houses and churches as well as the merging point of the three rivers.

Regensburg: Day Trip to Passau and the Veste Oberhaus

8. Regensburg: Day Trip to Passau and the Veste Oberhaus

Our tour takes you to the beautiful city of Passau, located at the confluence of three rivers - the Danube, Inn, and Ilz. Our first stop is the St. Stephen's Cathedral, a magnificent baroque structure that dominates the city skyline. The cathedral's interior is equally impressive, with ornate decorations and a magnificent organ, which is one of the largest in the world. After visiting the cathedral, you explore the city's charming old town, which is home to a variety of historic buildings, narrow alleyways, and quaint shops. We also make a stop at the Veste Oberhaus, a medieval fortress that offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside. For those interested in religious history, we also visit the Mariahilf Pilgrimage Church, a beautiful example of rococo architecture that dates back to the 18th century. The church is renowned for its ornate decorations and stunning frescoes. Throughout the tour, our guide will share stories about the history and culture of Passau, from its role as a key trading center in the Middle Ages to its modern-day importance as a center of education and culture. Passau is a city with a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene, and our tour is the perfect way to experience all that it has to offer.

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What people are saying about St. Stephan's Cathedral

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based on 106 reviews

Very entertaining and humorous tour from the guide Josephine. Learned a lot about the history of Passau in a short time and had a lot of fun doing it. Thanks a lot for this!

It was a pleasant tour, but in Corona times too few in the group wore mouth and nose protection..., you were quite close together.

It was a lot of fun. We also received enough information about Passau through interesting stories. Gladly again at any time.