Neue Bischöfliche Residenz
The Domschatz-und Diözesan-museum showcases a range of ecclesiastical finery that illustrates the power and wealth of the Church rulers.
Opened by Neil Armstrong, of all people, Passau's warren-like glass museum is filled with some 30,000 priceless pieces of glass and...
Dom St Stephan
The green onion domes of Passau's Dom St Stephan float serenely above the town's silhouette. There's been a church in this spot since...
Zum Grünen Baum
Take a seat under the chandelier made from cutlery to savour risottos, goulash, schnitzel and soups, prepared as far as possible using...
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Neue Bischöfliche Residenz information
Pride of place on this showy square belongs to the 18th-century Neue Bischöfliche Residenz (New Bishop's Residence). Melchior Hefele, a student of Balthasar Neumann, drafted the stucco-draped façade, as well as the rococo staircase, which winds towards a wonderfully over-the-top ceiling fresco entitled The Gods of Olympus Protecting Immortal Passau .
The bishops resided in these splendid digs until 1871. Today, the diocese administration occupies most of the rooms, but several have been set aside for the Domschatz und Diözesanmuseum (Cathedral Treasury & Museum). The ecclesiastical finery - including monstrances, vestments, sculptures and paintings - exemplifies the wealth and power of the Church rulers.