Day #10 - Passau Germany (Page Fifteen)
Smooth sailing last night... We woke up to Passau Germany
Passau circa 1892
Arriving in Passau
It was a beautiful day
We are ready to walk!
Did You Know? - Passau (German pronunciation: [ˈpasaʊ]' Bavarian: Båssa) is a town in Lower Bavaria, Germany. It is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt or "City of Three Rivers," because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north.
Passau's population is 50,000 of whom about 12,000 are students at the local University of Passau. It is renowned in Germany for its institutes of economics, law, theology, computer science and cultural studies.
The houses tower over the river
Of course the fortifications overlook the city
We dock right next to the main part of the city
Restaurants are located on the canal
Supplies are being delivered.. Always fresh!
More narrow streets
Our guide knew the building quite well
Artists at work as seen through the window
We had some mist so we had to be careful!
Prince and Princess
Flowers are always nearby
The building connect several floors up
The art gallery's are sprinkled throughout the city
Come on in!
Capturing the moment
City hall clock
The Veste Oberhaus sits atop the mountain overlooking the city
Did You Know? - Veste Oberhaus is a fortress that was founded in 1219 and, for most of its time, served as the stronghold of the Bishop of Passau, Germany. It is currently the site of a museum, a youth hostel, and a restaurant, as well as an open-air theatre dating to 1934.
The location of the fortress is the St. Georgsberg mountain, 105 metres (344 ft) above the valley floor between the Danube and the Ilz.
The fortress is located on the mountain crest (St. Georgsberg) on the left side of the Danube between it and the Ilz, and dominates the old city of Passau, which it faces across the Danube. Below Oberhaus on the promontory between the two rivers is Veste Niederhaus, part of the fortress system.
How did they build that 500 years ago?
Did You Know? - The Passau Glass Museum is the world's largest glass museum dedicated to Bohemian glass. It is located on the town hall square in the historic patrician house "Wilder Mann" in the old town of Passau . It was opened in 1985 when Ehrengast was present, the US astronaut Neil Armstrong. It is registered in the list "National treasures of cultural interest".
The collection includes over 30,000 glasses of the famous "Bohemian Glass", of which 13,000 are exhibited. The glass history is documented in 25 rooms from 1650 to 1950. The exhibits include Baroque , Empire , Biedermeier , Classicism , Historicism , Art Nouveau , Art Deco and Modernism.
...and many more exhibits
Town Hall Plaza
High-water scale 1501-2002 at the tower of Old City Hall
(Altes Rathaus), Passau, Germany, as of September 2012
Did You Know? - On June 2, 2013 the old town suffered from severe flooding as a result of several days of rain and its location at the confluence of three rivers Peak elevations of floods as early as 1501 are displayed on a wall at the Old City Hall. Flood water reaches the base of that wall on average once every 5 years.
Town Square Clock
Did You Know? - The town hall is located in the Old Town of Passau at the Rathausplatz, near the river Danube . The Passau town hall complex consists of three buildings on the Rathausplatz: the Old Town Hall , the New Town Hall and the Old Town Square.
The 38-meter-high tower was added from 1889 to 1892 by Heinrich Freiherr von Schmidt as a substitute for the predecession demolished in 1811. Originally, the tower had a roof rack, which was removed in 1938 due to dilapidation. After two devastating floods at the end of the 19th century, high water markers were introduced at the Rathausturm, which were supplemented by other historical floodwaters, which were preserved in the urban area, before 1890 - partly flawed. The defective marks are corrected in larger time intervals if necessary. In 1991 an automatic bell play with 23 bells was installed in the tower, which can be played as Carillon since 2007.
Our tour guide gather the stragglers
We are at the confluence of the two rivers
Nice historical markers
One way streets we hope!
Tower clocks are quite popular
Love those flowers
Containers come in all sizes and shapes
Under repair on a regular basis
St. Stephan's Cathedral
Did You Know? - St. Stephen's Cathedral (German: Dom St. Stephan) is a baroque church from 1688 in Passau, Germany, dedicated to Saint Stephen. It is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Passau and the main church of his diocese.
Since 730, there have been many churches built on the site of the current cathedral. The current church, a baroque building around 100 meters (328 ft) long, was built from 1668 to 1693 after a fire in 1662 destroyed its predecessor, of which only the late Gothic eastern side remains. The cathedral's overall plan was made by Carlo Lurago, its interior decoration by Giovanni Battista Carlone, and its frescoes by Carpoforo Tencalla.
Let's go inside
Narrow passages around the church
Did You Know? - The cathedral has eight large bells in the bell rooms in the north and south towers. The heaviest,"Pummerin" at 7550 kg cast in 1952 and "Sturmerin" weighing 5300 kg cast in 1733 hang in the south tower. The other six bells hang in the north tower. They include: "Misericordia" weighing 6000 kg, the Angelus bell, "Predigerin", "Elfuhrglocken", the Choir bell, and "Dignitar". A ninth bell, the "Zeichenglocke" hangs near the sacristy door.
Tablets adorn the walls
Fountains surround the building
The clock tells all!
Did You Know? - The organs at this cathedral have continually been added to over the years. The "organ" is really several separate organs of different tonal styles all accessible from one or more consoles. Likewise, the organs of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, California, USA have grown over the years and play from twin consoles; together, the two organs have 346 ranks and over 20,000 pipes. By contrast, the Cadet Chapel Organ of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York is a single organ. It has also been added to continuously over the years and is larger still with more than 23,500 pipes. It plays from a single console.
Where do we go next??"
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Clock
An amazing ceiling
The frescoes look like they were just painted
Second largest in the world
Gold leaf decoration throughout
The business end of the cathedral
The pulpit hangs off a main column
Long way up
The ceiling is magnificent
Use of marble is amazing
The white stone against the gold reliefs are beautiful
Watch out below!
The frescoes have recently been redone
Did You Know? - Over time, the Passau Cathedral has acquired the largest organ outside of the United States. It is also the largest cathedral organ in the world. The organ currently has 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, all of which can be played with the five-manual general console in the gallery. Portions of the organ have their own mechanical-action or electric-action consoles, for a total of six consoles.
The people give an idea of the true size of the building
The sides are quite brightly colored
A walk through the gardens
On our way back to the ship
We made the 5:30 PM departure for Melk
Gliding along watching the city go bye
St. Stephan's is so close to the water
Heading out of town - 114 miles until our next stop
Another Long Boat passes us by