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Vilshofen is a typical Bavarian town with a population of about 16,000. There is modern art in various areas on the streets and in the squares. The church of St John the Baptist has a beautiful altar mural. (Vilshofen is the town where we board our ship, the AmaLyra. There will be a short time to visit the town before the ship leaves for Passau.)
Passau is known as the "City of Three Rivers" because it was built at the convergence of the Danube, the Ilz and the Inn rivers. The town is a beautiful city with cobblestone streets but because the rivers converge, there has been flooding for all the years it has been in existence. There are high water marks with the years painted on many houses in the town.
There are about 50,000 people who live in Passau, 10,000 of which are students at the university. There has been a settlement in this location since Roman times and the rivers are a large part of the industry.
One of the notable sites is St. Stephen's Cathedral. It is a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture. It has a large pipe organ with over 17,000 pipes and 223 registers. It was the largest pipe organ in the world until a larger organ was built in Los Angeles in 1994. There are organ concerts offered from May until September.
In two weeks, another brief look at our next two cities: LINZ and SALZBURG!