Hello again, friends of Bavaria, how are you all? Hope well
! It's a curious headline today, isn't it? Yeah, where ever in the world you
will live I suppose your location is surely nice and has famous things, perhaps
a greatest one in your country. But you must know, Bavaria is a special district
on the maps from Europe and just now I will show you the town Passau, a town
with three greatest things, one in Bavaria, one in Europe and one in the world
and a historical landmark of all four directions !!!
Let me first give a short introduction to the new visitors
of my travel guide. Hi, my name is George and I handle an airportshuttle and
limousine service in Munich area. If you one times visit Europe, come over
the airport Munich named Franz-Josef-Strauss, you can call me and I pick you
up. More about me you can find on my normal business website under www.mietwagen-lohfink.com.
Today you are can drive with me virtuelly through our country
and we will visit the town Passau.
I normally start my drives at the airport. It is located
about 35 km outside of Munich in the east and very near to the highway A 92.
This motorway is coming from the highway cross Munich - Nuernberg and leads
over the towns Landshut, Dingolfing
till Deggendorf, where it meets the highway A 3 ( we say in Germany Autobahn)
coming from Regensburg. We turn to the right
hand and drive directly to Passau. That's the fastet way for the about 180
There are other possibilities to drive through the country side and in the
Danube valley, but it will need more time although you will see more from the
nice landscape. It will be your decision when you are coming.
The town Passau has a nice connection to the number three.
It is located in a corner, we name the three-country-corner. In
the south there is the border to Austria, in the east the border to the Czech
Republic, better known by the name Bohemia in older times ( and
by the music).
The next touch to # 3 is the point, that three rivers meet
there. From the north the river Ilz is coming, from the west the
river Danube and from the south the river Inn. After
their union in Passau they all three build the main stream of the Danube floating
to the East.
In the old times the rivers were the motorways
of trade, so people settled on this location 5000 years back from today. The
traders sold potteries and salt our historicians say and a lot of old stuff
found by archeologist proofe that. Later on till the year 500 after Jesus Christ
there was a big military camp of the Romans named Batavis, from
that the name of the town Passau is coming through the centuries.
The italian size of buildings were refreshed around 1600
after a big fire destroyed the old town. A lot of Barock Style elements you
can see till today and the famous ones of the world you can see in the Cathedral
there, the biggest church organ of the world. 17 774 pipes with 233 registers
were built between 1925 till 1928 together from five organs in one and this
is still running today.
You can listen each workday at lunch time and each thursday
at 7.30 p.m. concerts there in the months mai till october. At Christmas and
New Years day also. The name of the cathedral is St. Stephan.
Ok, some of yours perhaps don't like churches or organ music.
You are more sportive ones. No problem, the second highlight is coming. Passau
has the biggest golf course in Europe, so they say. Check it out. Oh, you are
not a golfer? Sorry, then you can check the large and nice bike trails around
the town and along the rivers. In summer times you can swim in a lot of areas
near or in the rivers, tennis courts are there and different other sport opportunities.
If you are a little lazy like me you can let you drive or
take some sightseeing trips on the rivers. They have there nice and luxury
stuffed boats and make turns to the hungarian capital Budapest or the austrian
one, to Vienna. These Danube Cruises are very marvellous, mostly one week long
with excellent food and entertainment on board.
Now after the change in old Jugoslavia perhaps soon the
trips again to the Black See (or Ocean?) in Russia on the Danube will be possible
Staying in Passau is on the other hand also very interesting
because there are a lot of nice things to visit and see. Museums of the Roman
times, glass arts, modern paintings, historical things, old treasures and so
on. The town has also a nice and good university and by that all things young
people like. Shopping areas, marvellous restaurants with all kind of food and
don't forget, you can feel the touch of Austria and Bohemia together with the
The very serious under yours will now ask where is the third
highlight he was talking in the beginning. Now, I will not hide it. In the
town Passau you will find the biggest carillion of whole Bavaria. Satisfied?
I hope so.
So what now? Interested to make a visit or holidays there
in Passau? Contact the nice people there from the touristic office, their email adress you find here (click
on). The town has also a nice and informing
website, it's worth a visit. And please don't forget, if you will need
a pickup from the airport to Passau or somewhere else or you like a drive through
Europe, don't hesitate to call me.
I like to serve people especially such nice one like you.
Bye till my next trip to Bavaria on the net or personally, I would like that.
Script by J.W.Lohfink, for any mistakes in
spell or grammar I apologize as a precaution, corrections, questions or comments
mail to me.
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