Travel to the Austrian Danube

Day 3 Neuhaus – Passau - Schlögen

Austrian Danube


 

(in 16 km.) Passau: is known as the Dreiflüssestadt or "City of Three Rivers," because the Danube is joined at Passau by three rivers (the Inn, whose waters come from the Alps and are green, the Danube, blue water and the Ilz with water coming from a marshy area is black). Tourism in Passau focuses mainly on the three rivers, the St. Stephen´s Cathedral (Der Passauer Stephansdom) and the "Old City" (Die Altstadt).

Passau - Danube
Passau - Danube

St. Stephen's Cathedral is a baroque church from 1688. The current church, a baroque building around 100 metres (328 ft) long, was built from 1668 to 1693 after a fire in 1662 destroyed its predecessor, of which only the late gothic eastern side remains. The cathedral's overall plan was made by Carlo Lurago, its interior decoration by Giovanni Battista Carlone, and its frescos by Carpoforo Tencalla. With 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the organ at St. Stephen's was long held to be the largest church pipe organ in the world.

Passau - St.Stephen Cathedral
Passau - St.Stephen Cathedral

We start the visit of the city on the bank of the Danube. From there we look Veste Oberhaus, a fortress built in the thirteenth century that dominates the hill on the other side of the Danube. We continue towards the viewpoint at Dreiflüsseeck park, where you could observe the palce where the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz mix their waters. The park has a nice playground. We returned to the city center through the Innpromenade, looking the Tower of Schaibling (Schaiblingsturm), built in the Middle Ages.

Passau - Schaiblingsturm
Passau - Schaibling tower (Schaiblingsturm)

From there we continue along the Residenplatz, the Cathedral of St. Stephen, the Domplatz and commercial street Ludwigsstrasse. We returned to the car through the Rathausplatz, a lively square overlooking the Danube which highlights by the painted facade of the town hall (XIV century) and the tower of the late eighteenth century.

After two days of car and visiting Passau, we will start our cycling tour through the Austrian Danube. On this day we plan to make the section between Passau and Schlögen, 41 km.

Road between Obernzell and Jochenstein
Road between Obernzell and Jochenstein

We want to start the route on the left bank of the Danube, but to minimize the number of kilometers (our little daughter is 7 years old) we decided to drive the first stage because the bike path goes next to the busy road 388. We advanced 17 kilometers to Obernzell and there at last we rode bikes. We cycle by the village and found that the bike lane disappears. Although it has very little traffic, we must go by road PA51. When we reach the dam Jochenstein we find a museum about water, with a fountain, shaded tables, a bar, etc. An ideal place for a picnic. After lunch I back to get the car while the family continues. I leave the car at the end of the route and go back with the bicycle again to find the family.

Schlögen - Terrassencamping
Schlögen - Terrassencamping

Arriving at Niederranna we cross the bridge over the Danube, to the right bank (otherwise we should do with the ferry in Schlögen). After crossing the bridge, leaving Wesenufer, there is some ascent, complicated for children. As we passed Marsbach we see the castle, something hidden among the trees.

(in 41 km.) Schlögen: In just 3 kilometers, accompanied by a light descent, we come to Schlögen campsite where we will spend two nights. We refreshed in the pool, recovering from the 38 degree heat that causes the heat wave that will accompany us along the route.


 

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