Thursday, August 29, 2013

Incantato Welcomes You to Passau, Germany

Discover the city of three rivers: the blue Danube, the green Inn and the black Ilz. Passau, in the southeast of Germany, is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is known as "The Three Rivers City". The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to the Neolithic. Passau was part of the Roman Empire for more than 400 years. It became an Episcopal seat in the year 739 AD. Passau was an independent prince bishopric for over 600 years. Finally in 1803, Passau was annexed into Bavaria. The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes. In the heart of Passau on the Old Town’s highest point rises St. Steven’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds. Sitting high above the rivers, the majestic fortress "Veste Oberhaus" on the Danube’s side and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" on the Inn’s side frame the city.Passau, with its unique charm and its atmosphere, is one of the most beautiful and spectacular German cities on the Danube.
In the year 2012 Passau is celebrating its 350th anniversary as a baroque town built in the Italian baroque style. There will be numerous events all year-round, such as concerts in the Cathedral, festivals, symposia, lectures, music performances, guided tours, etc. based on the theme “Baroque“. The ultimate highlight of the “Year of Baroque“ was the Baroque Festival“ in Passau´s city center from August 31st to September 2nd, 2012.

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