Posted by: travelrat | July 10, 2018


Passau 1

Passau: 31st March 2018

Passau is situated where the Inn and Ilz rivers meet the Danube. According to my ‘Bradshaw’s Guide’ (as Michael Portillo might say):

 ‘The sands of the Inn are washed for gold, and pearls are found in a mussel found in the Ilz.’

The first stop today was at a place called Aschach to download passengers going on the optional tours to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov. I rather wish we’d gone on one of these tours, for the cruise up the river to Passau was a bit like watching paint dry. The main event was passing through a lock. There were many on this trip, and there are many more to come. But, this one also marked the border between Austria and Germany.

Eventually the onion spires of Passau came into view, so we just grabbed a map, and did our own thing, rather than shuffle along behind a guide giving a history lecture. First, to the Three Rivers Corner, only about 200 metres from our mooring, then a short tour around the town, admiring the baroque architecture, interspersed with souvenir shops, and, occasionally, a rather shabby antique shop.

And, no! We didn’t find any gold or pearls.

There wasn’t a great deal else to see or do, so we returned to the ship, to be entertained in the evening by a trio who played traditional Bavarian music for us.

Passau 2

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