Beginning of March – the annual boys Ski-Hiking tour to the mountains was due again.
However, as this year winter was skipped in Germany, snow is a very rare thing to find, and actually spring is all here already, we decided to cancel the stay at the hut and go for a small city trip instead.
Looking at the map for interesting cities within 2 hours drive that we didn’t know yet, we came across Passau, the “Three-River-City” at the very eastern edge of Bavaria. And off we went!
As most time with the old boys, it was a fantastic trip. Plus weather was very much on our side, as was frugality:
It is a definitive tip to go for an anticyclical city tour in Feb/March.
Typically crowded places are all empty, prices are low and people are relaxed and friendly.
So we started at Munich very relaxed in the late morning and when hunger and need for a good local beer came up (after merely one hours drive), we did our usual approach:
As we always travel without a guidebook, we just looked at the brown signs next to the autobahn that indicate natural or historical sights in the area. These are VERY frequent in Germany, in fact you find a sight each 10 km or so and we decided to pull out at a abbey (typically good beer and good food!) called “Kloster Niederaltaich” (never heard the name before).
And this is really the big fun when travelling Germany: Wherever you pull out from the Autobahn, you WILL find something interesting close by.
This time we found a church full of this homey guys lined up eight of them next to the walls:
Isn’t this great? These guys always enjoy a deluxe VIP box right in the impressive church hall.
After celebrating life with a good meal and some local brewn dark beer, we proceeded to Passau.
In off-season this is a particularly budget place, you can get a decent hotel room in a historical building right in the center for 40 EUR per night and person or less.
We went to the local youth hostel which is around 30 EUR per night and person, and then you live here:
Passau itself is a very lovely city, situated at the junction of the major rivers Donau (Danube) and Inn plus a smaller river called … I forgot.
I was bit lazy taking pictures, so the only photos I can provide is a view from our castle in the morning and the interior of the cathedral:
You will find a lot more photos in the internet. The city has a lovely old part, a magnificent cathedral, nice winded alleys, good and cheap food and a fully relaxed atmosphere.
Our trip continued with a day excursion to the National Park Bayrischer Wald. Nice, but not really my cup of tea. Maybe I’ll try again in 20 years as it seems to attract a more “senior” type of people. ;)
On our way back we also stopped in Altötting, a place of pilgrimage in Bavaria, with an amazingly catholic atmosphere. There definitly must be more churches than houses and more priests than bakers.
See pictures here (click for large version and caption):
All in all a great short trip at low expenses.
Recommended and a great start to the 2014 travelling season!