Days One & Two - Passau, Germany & the Danube Bend
We landed in Munich, Germany and drove about an hour or so to the city of Passau where we boarded the Viking Vilhjalm, the longship that would be our home for the next week. Passau was founded by the Celts over 2,000 years ago and is one of the oldest cities in Bavaria. Passau is knows as the "City of three Rivers," resting at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube. Its location provided it with political and economic power.
We spent the first afternoon on a quick walking tour of Passau, and we spent the following morning on a city hike that included St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to one of Europe's largest pipe organs.
Our second afternoon included several hours sailing to our second stop, Linz, Austria. This trip covers some of the most beautiful scenery on the River Danube, including the Danube Bend.
Click either top image below to see scenes from Passau, or click either bottom images to see the scenery from the Danube Bend.