Danube Trip: Chicago to Brussels
Danube Trip: Brussels Adventures and Getting to Prague
Danube Trip: Marriott Courtyard Prague
Danube Trip: Prague, Czech Republic
Danube Trip: Boscolo, Autograph Collection
Danube Trip: Prague to Nuremberg
Danube Trip: Viking River Cruise Boats – the Njord and the Bestla
Danube Trip: Nuremberg, Germany
Danube Trip: Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Narrows
Danube Trip: Regensburg, Germany
Danube Trip: Passau, Germany
Danube Trip: Wachau Valley and Göttweig Abbey
Danube Trip: Vienna, Austria
Danube Trip: Budapest, Hungary
Danube Trip: Hilton Budapest (Castle District)
Danube Trip: Budapest to Chicago
Due to the low water levels, Regensburg was as far as we’d be able to travel on the Njord. Fortunately, this type of circumstance is something Viking knows exactly how to handle. To reach our next stop they brought in motorcoaches for the two-hour drive to Passau, the last major German city on the Danube before reaching Austria.
Passau is known as the City of the Three Rivers because the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers all come together around the city’s peninsula. In medieval times Passau was known for the salt trade. The salt was so valuable in these pre-refrigeration times that it was known as “white gold”.
Fire ravaged the city in the 17th century and it was rebuilt in the baroque style of the day. That style is what is still seen in the city today.
St. Stephan’s Cathedral is located on the highest point in Old Town. Since 730, there have been many churches on this site. The current version dates to the mid-17th century and the interior underwent a major renovation between 1972 and 1980.