Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

Page 41

Discover Germany | Special Theme | Best of Bavaria

20th and 21st century artworks. A visit to the so-called ‘Artists’ Alley’ on Höllgasse will reveal many more galleries and ateliers, where visitors can frequently see artists at work.

Main Photo: Passau. © Passau Tourismus Top left: © Passau Tourismusr Middle left: © Passau Tourismus Bottom left: Hiking in Passau. © Passau Tourismus Top right: Passau’s Cathedral. © Passau Tourismusr Middle right: Passau’s ‘Residenzplatz’. © Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V Bottom right: © Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V

Passau is an ideal city to explore on boat, be it on the local boat company’s ‘Three Rivers’ Sightseeing Boat Tour, or a gala tour through the Bavarian and Upper Austrian Danube valley. Passau is also an important landing and departure point for many cruise ships, heading downstream via Vienna towards Budapest or upstream via Nuremberg towards Amsterdam. With so much to offer active holidaymakers too, Passau is at the intersection of many national and international long-distance cycling routes, including the bordercrossing Danube Cycle Route, the Inn Cycle Path to Switzerland’s Maloja as well as the Tauern Cycle Path to Krimml in Austria’s Salzburg region, making it a real paradise for riders. For hikers, the options are just as vast, with many paths directly in the city as well as those offering immediate access to the long-distance hiking routes like the Goldsteig, Donausteig and the Danube Panorama Path.

the rivers and the old town. The fortress, now home to the Oberhaus Museum, contains a wealth of exhibitions on the city’s history and culture. Even more insight into the city’s history and art can be discovered at the Roman Museum Kastell Boiotro, which exhibits fascinating archaeological finds from the area. There is also the Museum of the Treasure of the Cathedral and the Diocese with its precious displays hailing from the days when Passau was the capital of the largest diocese of the Holy Roman Empire. For a taste of even more culture, the Glass Museum Passau displays invaluable European glass objects from the baroque period right through to contemporary glass works, while the Museum of Modern Art has popular temporary exhibitions of

Passau also boasts a packed calendar of events, with countless festivals, fairs, markets and many other types of events. From 17 June to 7 August, it will host the European Weeks Culture Festival and the Night of Arts on 15 July. For shopping, there are large malls as well as delightful pedestrian areas lined with speciality shops and boutiques offering intricately handcrafted products. Providing refreshment from the culture and shopping, there are innumerable restaurants, taverns and cafés serving seasonal cuisine. Come summer, the terraces, beer and wine gardens are thriving with guests. In terms of accommodation, the city offers the full spectrum from campsites to four-star hotels. Easily reached by motorway or international rail connections, Passau is also within driving distance of the following airports: Munich, Nuremberg, Salzburg and Linz. Issue 39 | June 2016 | 41