Today is Passau day. We did do the standard city tour although we have been here in the past. Afterward, we just looked around. I did go back to St Stephens for the organ concert which was the same as yesterday. Had lunch on the ship. I then went back to visit the Glass Museum – with some reservations in spite of what Patricia said. Well am glad I did go back was really stunning the collection of glass pieces here. It is supposed to be one of the best collections of this period 1700-1800 and it was truly outstanding! You can reference the slides for quite a few pictures of this collection.
While I wandered here Patricia went to the Bishop’s Residenz on the other side of the river and really enjoyed this site.
Interesting fact in that the city was digging for an underground garage and they came upon some old Roman ruins. Not the ruins of a military camp but was a Roman settlement in this area. . Some more looking they found a large log at the river’s edge that looked like it had been used for a dock. Carbon-14 dating showed it to be 4,000 years old. People have been in the area long time.
Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. You’ll see the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ.† Enjoy lunch aboard your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. Alternately, set out this morning with your guide to enjoy a full-day optional tour of picturesque Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music. We cruise through the night.