Passau

Buildings and Schaibling Tower on the side of Inn River near its confluence with Danube
Buildings and Schaibling Tower on the side of Inn River near its confluence with Danube

On the German-Austrian border at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers sits the charming Bavarian city of Passau. Nicknamed the ‘City of Three Rivers’, pretty Passau has made the most of its unique location throughout its fascinating history. For centuries its waterways were vital trading routes, bringing wealth which helped to shape and develop the beautiful old streets here; while today they serve as gateways for visitors stopping-by to take in the city’s historic highlights and cultural delights.

As well as its rivers, Passau is renowned for its colourful architecture and typically Bavarian charm. Wandering the delightful streets of this relatively small and easy to explore city is always a memorable spectacle, with an abundance of sights to uncover. The Altstadt old town district – largely untouched since prince bishops ordered its construction in the 17th century –  is home to a number of soaring towers, stunning palaces, pretty promenades and the gothic-style Town Hall; as well as the iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral. This wonderfully ornate, baroque-style monument is a must-visit to marvel at the huge organ and grand bells alone.

The Vesta Oberhaus, which towers above the city on the northern bank of the Danube, is not to be missed too. Built in the 13th century to guard Passau, this impressive fortress is today a fascinating museum and gallery showcasing the city’s interesting history. Also well worth a visit is the Pilgrimage church ‘Mariahilf’; the glass museum, which exhibits one of the largest glassware collections in the world; and the Innpromenade, where you can take in the pretty parks and ancient tunnels, enjoy some retail therapy and grab a pint of the local brew, and see where the city’s three rivers meet. 

Cruises to Passau

Beautiful landscape of the Wachau valley, near Vienna, Danube river, Austria Beautiful landscape of the Wachau valley, near Vienna, Danube river, Austria

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main • R2104

 Mainz
Brabant
Sat 01 May 2021
12 nights
  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Ariel view of Budapest, Hungary Ariel view of Budapest, Hungary

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube • R2106

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 27 May 2021
7 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Parliament building on the river Danube, Budapest, Hungary, evening Parliament building on the river Danube, Budapest, Hungary, evening

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube • R2108

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 17 Jun 2021
7 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river

Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine • R2109

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 24 Jun 2021
13 nights
  • Sailing to scenic regions and historic cities in four countries via the Danube and Rhine, you’re in for an unforgettable, immensely rewarding voyage.
  • See the night-lights of Budapest, and explore the Hungarian capital by day too; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and revel in scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley.
  • Take in the charms of Passau, Regensburg and Würzburg on the Main, before finally visiting Rüdesheim – famed for its history and wines – and enchanting Koblenz on the Rhine.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
View of the historic Melk Abbey, Austria View of the historic Melk Abbey, Austria

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main • R2121

 Mainz
Brabant
Wed 22 Sep 2021
12 nights
  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Landscape of the Wachau valley, River Danube Landscape of the Wachau valley, River Danube

The Complete Danube • R212223

 Budapest
Brabant
Mon 04 Oct 2021
21 nights
  • Embark on an epic exploration of the complete Danube and immerse yourself in the beauty, history and cultures of inspirational regions and destinations in eight different countries.
  • Enjoy a traditional Serbian folklore show in Belgrade; uncover Ruse’s Bulgarian delights; sail the extraordinary Iron Gates gorge; and explore the Danube Delta, Romania’s natural wonderland.
  • On the return journey, highlights include chances to see Budapest’s iconic attractions; witness the scenic splendour of the Wachau Valley; and engage with Vienna’s legendary musical heritage.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Ariel view of Vienna, Austria and the river Danube Ariel view of Vienna, Austria and the river Danube

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube • R2123

 Budapest
Brabant
Mon 18 Oct 2021
7 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
View of the saint sava cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia View of the saint sava cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia

The Autumnal Danube • R2124

 Budapest
Brabant
Mon 25 Oct 2021
9 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.