Passau: I’m in Love With My New Home Town

St. Stephan’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) and the river Inn

It’s a funny thing in life that once you get what you wanted for so long, you immediately start wanting what you lost.

After living smack bang in the middle of New Zealand’s biggest and busiest city last year, (I thought I had wanted life in the fast lane…how stupid that idea turned out to be!) I was craving to put my home base down somewhere a little more easy going and peaceful this year. Somewhere a little more ‘me’. Oh, and I got it so right this time.

Looking out over Passau and the Donau river

Passau is a small city in the lower region of Bavaria, Germany. It is known as ‘The City of Three Rivers’ because it is the point where the Donau river meets the Inn from the south and the river Ilz from the north. The town is right on the border to Austria – you can literally walk across a bridge over the Inn and end up in Austria.

Cruise boat going along the Inn

But all you really need to know is that Passau is beautiful. Like, how-can-a-place-like-this-still-exist-in-modern-times kind of beautiful. The historic buildings are grand and well maintained, and all of the houses are a candy box of different colours – no house is the same shade.

Typical Passau houses

The cobblestone streets are narrow and wind through the Altstadt (old town) and it is a pleasure to meander through the streets and marvel at the buildings and quaint shops. It really looks like an elaborate movie set for a fairy tale story.

Kleine Messergasse

Needless to say, I’ve fallen head over heels for Passau already. I adore the town, the location and most of all I love the peaceful, easy going atmosphere which is like sweet honey for the soul.

Cherry Blossoms along the Inn

You know that feeling you get when you just know in your bones that you’re finally where you’re supposed to be? Well, that’s how I feel about living here. I already know that Passau and I are going to get along just fine.

And don’t worry, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Passau from me!


Has anyone heard of or been to Passau before? What did you think?