Picturesque Passau looks like it came straight out of a fairy-tale, so it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination for romantic breaks in Germany. This scenic spot is where the Danube, Inn and Ilz meet, hence its nickname ‘The City of Three Rivers’. Whether you’re visiting historic landmarks like St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Veste Oberhaus or cycling along one of the many bike trails by the river, you’ll find all kinds of things to do in Passau. Best of all, our great value Premier Inn hotels in Bavaria are ideal for seeing the sights throughout your stay.
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Things to do in Passau
Visit historic German landmarks
If there are two Bavarian attractions that culture-lovers won’t want to miss, it has to be St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Veste Oberhaus. The cathedral or ‘Dom St. Stephan’ dates back to the 17th century, and the beautiful baroque interior is a must see – it’s also home to one of the largest church organs in the world! The Veste Oberhaus is another unmissable Passau monument – this impressive castle hosts frequent events and offers unbeatable panoramic views of the city.
Get out and about in nature
One of the best ways to enjoy sightseeing in Bavaria is by bike. Whether you’re cycling along the river or getting to the best sites in the Altstadt, hiring a bike is an ideal way to get from a to b throughout your trip. Plus, if you’re looking for a real challenge, why not join the Danube cycle path? This popular route runs all the way from Passau to Vienna, a journey that will be well worth it for the views!
See the Dreiflusseck
Passau isn’t just a city where nature and history unite – it’s also the only city where three rivers become one, too! Visiting the Dreiflusseck, or ‘Three River Conjunction’, is a must on days out in Passau. Located just a short walk away from the Schaibling Tower, seeing this unique spot where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers combine is one of the most popular things to do in Bavaria!
What are the nearest train stations in Passau?
You’ll find Passau Central Station – or the Passau Hauptbahnhof as it’s known in German – right next door to the STADTGALERIE Passau, and just a 10-minute walk away from our Premier Inn Passau Weisser Hase hotel. Plus, thanks to the city’s extensive bus network and popular Danube river cruises, getting around Passau couldn’t be easier.
What are the best places to eat in Passau?
Tuck into some of the best Bavarian cuisine during days out in Passau. Meat lovers can order typical dishes like Schweinebraten or Bratwurst and wash it all down with one of many local beers like Märzen. Short breaks in Bavaria wouldn’t be complete without trying a dumpling (or two!) and if you have a sweet tooth, why not try a local Lebkuchen? Best of all, when you’re looking for places to eat breakfast in Passau, you can always come and join us at one of our hotels in Bavaria!
What are the best things to do in Passau at night?
You’ll find all kinds of ways to make the most of your evenings in this scenic city. Culture-lovers and beer-drinkers alike won’t want to miss visiting the Hacklberger Biergarten for a taste of typical Bavarian beer. If you don’t fancy seeing exciting live events in Bavaria at venues like the Zauberberg Passau, you could always head back to the bar at our hotel in Passau for a quiet drink or two.
What family friendly activities can you do in Passau?
Looking for things to do with the kids in Bavaria? This historic city has something to keep all ages entertained! Visit the Passau Dachshund Museum, a quirky gallery celebrating sausage dogs, before spending an afternoon at the Stadtgalerie, a must-visit when you fancy shopping in Passau. After the family has seen the Dreiflüsseeck – the point where all three rivers conjoin – why not take the kids to the peb Erlebnisbad, a fun water park in Passau?
What outdoor activities can you do in Passau?
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors when you’re sightseeing in Passau. Keen cyclists can head to the popular Danube cycle path and ride from Passau to Vienna for some unforgettable city and river views. Alternatively, why not spend relaxing afternoons over at the Stadtpark Kainzenhof, or book a river cruise down the Danube?
What indoor activities can you do in Passau?
Great news – there’s always something to discover throughout your trip, whatever the weather in Passau. The baroque Passau Cathedral, or Dom St. Stephan as it’s known in German, is unmissable as it’s home to ornate designs, incredible frescoes and one of the largest organs in the world. Then there’s the mighty Veste Oberhaus fortress, an iconic German landmark and one of the most popular places to visit in Bavaria – don’t miss out on exploring the on-site museum and soaking up the city views from the castle!