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Top Choice Bavarian in Passau


Not only does this historical inn have a succession of walnut-panelled ceramic-stove-heated rooms, a candlelit cellar (from 6pm) and a vine-draped garden, but the food is equally inspired. Amid the river fish, steak…
Organic in Passau

Zum Grünen Baum

Take a seat in the newly renovated interior to savour risottos, goulash, schnitzel and soups, prepared as far as possible using organic ingredients, which are locally sourced as far as possible. Cosy, friendly and t…
Cafe in Passau

Café Kowalski

Chat flows as freely as the wine and beer at this retro-furnished cafe, a kicker of a nightspot. The giant burgers, schnitzels and big breakfasts are best consumed on the terrace overlooking the Ilz River.
Religious Site in Passau

Grosser Rathaussaal

Located in the Altes Rathaus, the Great Assembly Room has wonderful murals by local artist Ferdinand Wagner, showing scenes from Passau's history with a melodramatic flourish.
Art Museum in Passau

Museum Moderner Kunst

Gothic architecture contrasts with 20th- and 21st-century artworks at Passau's Modern Art Museum. The rump of the permanent exhibition is made up of cubist and expressionist works by Georg Philipp Wörlen, who died i…
Museum in Passau

Passauer Glasmuseum

Opened by Neil Armstrong, of all people, Passau's warren-like glass museum is filled with some 30,000 priceless pieces of glass and crystal from the baroque, classical, art-nouveau and art-deco periods. Much of what…
Museum in Passau


Roman Passau can be viewed from the ground up at this Roman fort museum. Civilian and military artefacts unearthed here and elsewhere in Eastern Bavaria are on show and the ruins of Kastell Boiotro, which stood here…
Fortress in Passau

Veste Oberhaus

A 13th-century defensive fortress, built by the prince-bishops, Veste Oberhaus towers over Passau with patriarchal pomp. Not surprisingly, views of the city and into Austria are superb from up here.Inside the bastio…
Church in Passau

Dom St Stephan

There's been a church here since the late 5th century, but what you see today is much younger thanks to the fire of 1662, which ravaged much of the medieval town, including the cathedral. The rebuilding job went to …
Cafe in Passau


Climb aboard the high-speed lift from street level to get to this trendy, high-perched cafe-lounge at the top of the Stadtturm, with by far the best views in town. From the tangled rattan and plush cappuccino-cultur…