Passau, Germany is known as the “City of Three Rivers,” it lies at the confluence of the Inn, the Danube and the Ilz Rivers. It is the last major German city on the Danube at the border of Austria. It was an important medieval center for the salt trade. Salt was called “The White Gold” and was transported from the Alpine salt mines to Passau where it was processed. During the Renaissance period, Passau became famous for making high-quality knife and sword blades.
High on the hillside of the Danube sits the Veste Oberhaus, founded in 1220 by the first prince-bishop of Passau. The fortress consists of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecure and now houses exhibits on the history and art of Passau. It is a favorite spot for the locals to spend a relaxing day with their families on the surrounding grounds.
This bird’s eye view of the city of Passau was taken from a prominent vantage point. You can see most of the Old City on the tapering peninsula with its mixture of colorful buildings. The Danube is in the forefront with the Inn on the far side. Unfortunately the small river Ilz cannot be seen in this photo as it feeds into the Danube. Just above the roof line of the fortress on the left side, you can see where the Danube and Inn Rivers intersect by the different color of the water.