We explored the Italianate-style streets of Passau, where three major European rivers have converged to shape a distinctive city. We met our local guide and began our walking tour through delightful old-world streets, taking in a pastel rainbow of building facades as you stroll. We saw the impressive Bishops’ Residenz from where powerful prince-bishops ruled secular and religious life for hundreds of years. Continuing past the 14th-century Rathaus, or Town Hall, built on the site of a former fish market on the Danube. We concluded our walk at the magnificent 17th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This baroque wonder houses Europe’s largest pipe organ, with more than 17,000 pipes, which inspired Liszt to write his “Hungarian Coronation Mass.” At the time of the tour ending, another church service was beginning, so went in and joined the service and listened to the wonderful organ.
Along the way, our guide pointed out the building which houses the “Museum of the Dauchshound”. We looked at each other and spoke in unison, “Gotta Go!” So, when the guided tour was finished we found our way back to the museum, paid the small fee, 5 Euros@. It’s a small, well laid out museum dedicated to this unique, cute, dog that traces its origins to this town.
Afterward, we were hungry and found a nice restaurant with delicious coffees, bakery goods and meats. Yummy!