Veste Oberhaus Castle

Veste Oberhaus Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Passau: Veste Oberhaus Castle Entrance Ticket

1. Passau: Veste Oberhaus Castle Entrance Ticket

To start your tour, you will explore the extensive grounds of the Veste Oberhaus, which is located high above Passau and is one of the largest and at the same time best-preserved castle complexes in Europe. Then head inside the more than 800-year-old castle walls, where history comes alive in a unique way. Walk in the footsteps of the Passau prince bishops, who once resided in the rooms in which today the Oberhaus Museum presents exciting exhibitions from the Middle Ages to recent history. An absolute highlight is the visit to the newly opened observation tower with multimedia presentation on the multifaceted history of the castles and palaces in the Inn-Salzach-Dona region. A spectacular panoramic view of Passau and the surrounding area awaits you on the top platform. The new Veste Oberhaus app accompanies you on a virtual adventure tour "in the footsteps of knights and prince bishops" through the castle complex. For example, the former drawbridge comes back to life, a panoramic tour shows the most beautiful vantage points and the treasure hunt invites you to discover objects from ancient times at authentic sites. Finally, a visit to the Batterie Linde lookout point is recommended, from where you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the picturesque old town and the famous confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers.

Passau: City Highlights River Cruise

2. Passau: City Highlights River Cruise

Take in Passau from a different perspective and learn about its history, architecture, and more on a cruise along its three rivers – the Danube, Inn, and Ilz. See key sights from the water, including Oberhaus Castle, St. Stephan's Cathedral, and the Mariahilf Monastery. Board the boat and set sail to see Passau differently. Take in Veste Oberhaus and Veste Niederhaus, both parts of the former fortress of the Bishop on the mountain crest between the Danube and the Ilz. Marvel at Passau's Gothic and Baroque architecture from the water. As you sail, get information about what you're seeing via loudspeakers. See St. Stephan's Cathedral, the confluence of the three different colored rivers, Oberhaus Castle, and the Mariahilf Monastery. Buy drinks and snacks onboard to tuck into during the journey.

Passau Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

3. 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.

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