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Vilshofen and Passau - Day 5 Monday February 12

It may have three rivers, but Passau will never be mistaken for Pittsburgh.

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After breakfast, we had some time to wander in Vilshofen.

The Donaugasse, this pedestrian zone that lies between the Danube promenade and the Stadtplatz, was once the boatmen's and innkeepers' lane, where sailors who had to go ashore at the Vilshofen toll booth stopped. There was some signage that provided information about Vilshofen along the way.


We passed shops, restaurants, and a few homes.


I enjoyed the rooster heads facing one another on this building corner.


We spied some of last night’s performers at the bus stop.


We entered the church; I loved the angel handles on the glass doors.


Let’s also take a look at our AMAMagna. Now that it is not raining, we can tour the upper deck, including the pickleball court.


The Main Dining Room:


The Chef’s Table:


Jimmy's (family style service) restaurant:


Some of the guest seating areas:


There is a Wellness Center:


And even a movie theater!


We departed Vilshofen at 11 AM, and enjoyed the scenery along the Danube River during our cruise overview presentation. We returned to find gifts on the bed.


There was a Bavarian themed lunch. The appetizer platter included white sausage, Black Forest ham, eggplant salad, and calamari. Charlie had a platter from the Bavarian carving station, and I had the Kasespatzle. Desserts included ice cream and Bavarian Cream with fruit.


Here is the view from our balcony as we passed through the first of twelve locks on this cruise. The first photo illustrates just how close we are to the wall, and you can watch the ship drop until you can no longer see daylight.


We started our Passau tour at 2:45. Passau is known as the Dreiflüssestadt (“City on Three Rivers”), as it is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz, and Inn Rivers, on the Austrian/Czech border. As we began our guided walking tour, we were grateful that it was warmer today than it was when we were here in November 2016.

Here is the 14th-century Town Hall, Altes Rathaus. On the exterior are the water marks from past flooding with the years noted.


Passau's magnificent 17th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral contains Europe’s largest pipe organ. Although I lack a statistic, I think it also has the lock on the most cherubs per square foot.


The altarpiece depicts the martyrdom by stoning of their patron, St. Stephen.


Sadly, the magnificent organ is under renovation. One can spy pipes all over the place.


Alte Residenz, the former Bishops’s palace, now serves as a courthouse.


High on the hill is the Veste Oberhaus, which is now a museum. We understand that there are magnificent scenic views of Passau and the Danube as you climb the steep pathway to reach it, and some in our group accepted the challenge. We remained on flat ground.


Artists’ Alley (Hollgasse) has survived many floods, and arches have been constructed to support the buildings as they begin to "lean in."


The locals joke that this statue of the king shows him in the position of deciding whether or not it is raining.


Some additional views of shops from our walk back to the bus.


Here is the evening drill on AMA: There is a complimentary "Sip n Sail" cocktail hour, during which the Cruise Manager, Bo, discusses the logistics for the following day. Then, off to dinner. Tonight, we joined friends from our Budapest pre-cruise at Jimmy’s, a restaurant that serves the same dinner as the main restaurant, but family style. We were served three salads...


three entrees: salmon, stuffed chicken and cassoulet...


and one dessert, pumpkin and ice cream.


After dinner, we were treated to a string trio who played both classical and modern music. They were fabulous!


Photos are tagged Magna, Vilshofen and Passau_2024

Posted by Cybercsp 07:39 Archived in Germany Tagged vilshofen magna passau_2024

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I am enjoying the trip as I tag along. I definitely want to return to Prague for a couple of days. Safe travels and enjoy.

by Claire McNicholas

so much food and beer, i am gaining weight just reading your blog!

by mark f

Loving every minute! Thank you Nancy & Charlie.
Marion G-

by Marion

Me googling Cassoulet: is a rich, slow-cooked stew originating in southern France.

by Daniella

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