Passau is a small and quaint university town on the Danube in Bavaria, southern Germany. If you are going there chances are you are either a) under 30 and a student or are visiting friends who study at the university or you are b) part of the 50+ plus crowd of Japanese and North-American tourists who take a cruise on the Danube from Passau to Vienna and Budapest. Another important crowd are the people who visit Passau as part of their cycling holiday along the Danube.
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Passau has three main attractions: the joining of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, the old town with the cathedral sandwiched in between and the Veste Oberhaus castle overlooking the city from the other side of the Danube.
Passau Cathedral is especially famous for its Organ and during summer there are daily organ concerts.
A typical tourist visit to Passau would involve visiting the cathedral, attend an crgan concert in the cathedral, taking a 3-River-Cruise, going for a stroll around the old town and visit the Veste Oberhaus museum.
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Passau is located on the A3, the main road from Nuremberg to Vienna.
There are some bus connections with the local bus company RBO into the surrounding villages. The most interesting of them is the connection to the village Haidmühle because it allows you to cross the German-Czech border on foot and continue through the Sumava National Park to Cesky Krumlov.
Passau is an important waypoint of the Danuble Cycle Pathway. The most popular stretch of the Cycling Pathway starts here and goes to Vienna and Bratislava respectively.
There are countless cruise companies going up and down the Danube. The easiest to use for short services will be the Wurm+Köck service. There are two boats per week to Vienna and an almost daily service to Linz. The boat carries bicycles and for this reason provides a popular alternative to the train when travelling back to Passau from Vienna after cycling along the Danube.
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There are some local buses in the city, but for exploring the old city you'll have to rely on foot.
The old city between the train station, the university, the Danube and the Inn is actually pretty walkable. There are some steep inclines and some stairs to climb so it is not for the infirm, but apart from that you'll be ok.
Despite being on the Danube Cycling Pathway your options on getting around the city by bike are limited. The steep inclines of the hills surrounding the city and the cobblestone streets make cycling impractical unless you stick to the cycling paths along the Inn and the Danube.
Traditional "Wirtshaus" with over 200 years of history serving local beer, wine and regional specialities. Most mains are around 9 EUR, but some snacks cost less.
|Veste Oberhaus||Veste Oberhaus||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Weisser Hase||Heiliggeistgasse 1||Hotel||-|
|Jugendherberge Passau||Veste Oberhaus 125||Hostel||94|
|Hotel Innsento||Kapuzinerstr. 32||HOTEL||81|
|Haus Panorama||Angerstrasse 59||Guesthouse||91|
|Haus Panorama||Angerstraße 59||HOTEL||-|
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See also: International Telephone Calls
Germany's postal system is very efficient, their logistics branch DHL is one of the best companies in this field world-wide, with domestic post or within a radius of 400 kilometres, send within a day. The website of Deutsche Post has an online calculator for postage fees as well as a post office finder. Within Germany, sending postcards costs €0.45 and standard letters €0.55, within Europe it is €0.65 for a postcard, standard letters to places in Europe cost €0.70. Outside Europe, the prices for sending a postcard or standard letter are €1 and €1.70 respectively. Although you will find the old post offices (mainly in the city centre), most of the smaller neighbourhood post offices are part of a small tobacco shop or grocery store.
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