2018-10-24 Wednesday

We started our day with a walking tour of the Italianate-style city streets of Passau, where three major European rivers (Danube, Inn, Ilz) have converged to shape a distinctive city. We saw the impressive Bishops’ Residenz from where powerful prince-bishops ruled secular and religious life for hundreds of years. We saw the 14th-century Rathaus, or Town Hall, built on the site of a former fish market on the Danube. We attended a pipe organ concert at the magnificent 17th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This baroque wonder houses Europe’s largest pipe organ, with more than 17,000 pipes, and inspired Liszt to write his “Hungarian Coronation Mass”. Then it was on to Gut Aichet for local beer and pretzels. It’s been raining most of the day. This area really needs the rain!

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