Passau is a city with a history of 2000 years that goes back to a roman settlement and even before. The past millennia have shaped this small but surprisingly cosmopolitan and culturally active city significantly, so that today the city can offer a diverse range of places of interest from its historical past.
The harmonious mixture of old architecture and new ideas is what makes Passau so special. Whether contemplative and romantic, or vibrant and modern, Passau offers its guests just the right mix to discover Passau's charms. A wide range of renowned galleries and museums round off the entertainment variety.
Whether Christmas market, festival weeks or Eulenspiegel old town festival, Passau is always worth a visit. It is not for nothing that Alexander von Humboldt titled Passau as one of the 7 most beautiful cities in the world.
City tours for individual guests
This tour informs about the history of Passau. It leads from the cathedral square through the charming streets, squares and promenades of the historic old town and includes, if possible, the residence and the town hall halls.
Minimum number of participants 5 persons
No registration is required. The ticket is available directly from the tour guide.
Duration: 1 hour
Meeting point: Domportal (cathedral entrance)
May - Oct .: Monday - Saturday 10.30 am and 2.30 pm, Sundays and holidays only 2.30 pm
Nov. - April: daily 12.45
Three-trip roundtrip DONAU - INN - ILZ (duration 45 min.)
From March to November
Departure from the Passau Town Hall (opposite the Hotel Wilder Mann) at the berths 7/8, daily between 10am and 5pm at half and full hour
The magnificent Passau St Stephan’s Cathedral rises up from the highest point in the old town after being rebuilt following the town fire of 1662 by famous Italian architects. The artistic stucco work and frescoes in the interior are particularly worth a visit. The cathedral has more than 18,000 pipes in its organ, making it the largest cathedral organ in the world.
An organ concert is an unforgettable acoustic experience for everyone who sees it!
May - October Workdays 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Passau Glass Museum
The Glass Museum Passau is located in the same building as the Hotel Wilder Mann. The Glass Museum has the world's largest collection of glas from Bavaria, the Czech Republic, Silesia and Austria. Over 30,000 exhibits provide a comprehensive overview of the various periods of glass art between 1680 and 1950. The focus is on the 19th century up to the art nouveau era, when Bohemian glassmaking reached its peak.
The history and cultural history museum of the city is currently housed in one of the largest and most imposing fortress complexes in Europe, high above the rooftops of Passau. Life during the middle ages for the residents of the Diocese of Passau is impressively illustrated over 3000 sqm. High-quality multimedia and interactive presentations bring the past to life.
The fortress and museum can be easily reached every half hour using the bus from the square in front of the town hall.
At the confluence, which is located at the end of the romantic Inn Promenade, you find yourself in the midst of a unique natural occurrence – the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers in one place. Enjoy the breath-taking view of Passau, the city on the water, from a boat as part of a tour of the three rivers with the vessels of Wurm&Köck.
Großer Rathaussaal – Large hall within the town hall
The halls of the incredible baroque town hall are well worth a visit, with huge paintings by historical painter Ferdinand Wagner telling the storyof the Nibelungenlied and the history of Passau.
Museum of Modern Art MMK
Kastell Boiotro Roman Museum
The history of the city dates back to a Roman military base set up here in the 3rd century.
The exposed foundations of the Roman fort are accessible to the public in a museum in the Innstadt district.
These and other interesting sites are just waiting to be discovered.
We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful, interesting and vivacious three river city!