A June 2001 trip
to Passau by Barb B
Quote: Where the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers converge, the beautiful city of Passau supplies one of the most spectacular settings in Germany. Situated on a precipice overlooking the Danube and hemmed by wooded heights and ruins of Baroque monasteries. This enduring reminder of Celtic and Roman occupations, is now the pride of Bavaria.
Yes, "The Nasty Girl" title was a "tempting lead"; however, it is an important part of the Passau story:
Passau discovered an ugly chapter from its Nazi past with the release of the 1980s film "The Nasty Girl". This was the true story of one girl's quest and revelation of the carefully hidden history of her hometown of Passau. Anja Rosmum examined the past of many of Passau’s respected burghers, and ascertained that some had secretly been active Nazi’s. Her courageous revelations resulted in her being victimized and physically attacked. The movie is still shown on TV from time to time.
On the far side of the Danube lies the Oberhaus Castle, built in 1219; today it houses a museum rich with treasures, historical paintings, a youth hostel and observatory. (The view from the castle is breathtaking.)
St. Stephens cathedral dominates the townscape. Here, the world's largest pipe organ is housed beneath the octagonal dome. A magnificent, albeit a bit loud experience!
Here, beer is best! Although we are proud wine drinkers from California's Napa Valley, we drank beer here with the gusto of the natives. We visited 3 beer houses is just a short stay. I'll drink to that!
Attraction | "St Stevens Organ Concert"
Made it! Finally got through the door and slapped down 4 DM (about $2) -- grabbed a program ....Darn, its all in German! No seats left....oh; up near the front there are some folding chairs. Lets squeeze in. The church bells start to chime, a Priest ascends the alter and welcomes everyone -- in German.
We’ve arrived at St. Steven’s Cathedral located at the old town’s highest point. Destroyed by a fire in 1662, the church was rebuilt by the baroque architect Carlo Lurago. The cathedral now houses the largest pipe organ in the world; with 17774 pipes, 233 stops and 4 carillons! The program I picked up on the way in is written in German, but I can see that 6 musical passages will be played. Suddenly the organ begins--It’s awesome!
The acoustics within the cathedral vividly echo each note, crystal clear as it resounds throughout. Very loud, but at the same time stunning--almost paralyzing! The crowd listens in awe for about 20 minutes. Eventually the last note is played and there is ...total silence. Everyone sits, amazed by the sounds of this magnificent instrument----finally, applause begins to thunder as people start to file from the church each carrying his own memory of the magnificence of the performance.
Organ concerts: May to October and Christmas Week - Weekdays at Noon (Thursdays also at 7pm)
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2001
St. Steven's Organ Concert
Domorgel zu Passau
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