Thursday Doors: Passau Walking Tour

The German city of Passau is located in Bavaria very close to the Austrian border, at the confluence of three rivers: The Danube, the Inn and the Itz. It was the last German city we stopped at during our cruise last June-July. We arrived at Passau on the U.S. Independence Day, July 4.  This post is my contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors 12/12/19.
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Passau has a population of about 50,000, of which 12,000 are students at the local university. A devastating fire in 1662 destroyed most of the city, which was rebuilt in Baroque style.
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Passau is known for its cathedral, St. Stephan, which has five organs! One of the organs is in the attic and the five can all be played at the same time.  The organ(s) has 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, and it is the 2nd largest pipe organ in the world. We attended a concert showcasing this amazing sound after our walking tour. Concerts are held daily between May and September.

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In this square behind St. Stephan Cathedral is a statue of Maximilian I, the first king after Napoleon.

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A cathedral door and details20190704_09093920190704_091011
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Same door from the inside

Baroque décor characterizes the interior of St. Stephan.
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The main organ is in the traditional place in the back of the cathedral.
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The priest used to say mass from this golden pulpit, but now stands behind a podium adorned with the eagle of St. John (photo below).

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We went out into a courtyard beside the cathedral.
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In the courtyard are some extra panels and artifacts from the church.
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This angel head fell off during a fire in the church. It gives a perspective of the true size of the sculptures in the church.

We continued downhill from the church on the cobblestone streets of Old Town.
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The city has been plagued by floods for centuries, due to its location at the junction of three rivers. On June 2, 2013, the old town suffered a severe flooding after it had rained for several days. The photo below shows how a street of Old Town looked on June 3.

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Peak elevation of floods as far back as 1501 are displayed on the wall of the Old City Hall.DSC01738

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This glass door is for 16 and 18 Hell Alley! The narrow street gets its name from its proximity to the river.
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Looking down Hell Alley, also known as Artists’ Alley, which is lined with small shops and cafes. 

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Hotel Wilder Mann
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This pharmacy is one of the oldest in Passau. It is painted green, which was the “code” color for pharmacies in times when many people were illiterate.
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The Dom Museum entrance – this museum displays artifacts, relics and history of St. Stephan Cathedral.

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This door at the former bishop’s palace was deliberately built above the ground. It now belongs to the Dom Museum.

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Baroque architectural details adorn the ceiling of the palace.
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Passau has a Daschsund Museum! These sculptures are outside the entrance.

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“Coffee and love are best hot!”
20190704_103351I found interesting that this shop door has a nativity scene above it.
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The sign on this Baroque decorated door advertises a one-bedroom apartment within.
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Religious statues high up on exterior walls of Old Town are seen commonly in towns throughout Bavaria.

Prominent above the city is Veste Oberhaus, a fortress founded in 1219.
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Information for this post obtained from:
author’s notes
Wikipedia article Passau
TripAdvisor The Höllgasse

 

 

 

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