Passau, Germany: where taking Latin in high school finally becomes relevant in my life again

(This is post #2 of my three part series about my trip to Europe this summer. Check out this post about the Czech Republic to catch up!)

Once we had completed our few days biking through and exploring the Czech Republic, we then boarded a train and traveled to Passau, Germany. Just incase you may be wondering where in the heck Passau is located, it is shown on the map below. (Thanks Google Maps!)

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Passau is a small to medium sized town/city located where the Danube and the Inn rivers collide. Passau also happens to border Austria as well. When we arrived to the town we were informed that a few weeks prior, the majority of the town had been under water, and I mean A LOT of water. Our hotel’s first floor was entirely swamped from the flooding of the rivers. The flood marks were actually the highest seen by the town since 1501 (a picture of the flood marks can be seen in the gallery above). That being said, the people living there had done a remarkable job cleaning up all of the mud and debris that had been brought along with the floods and it was barely noticeable by the time we were there.

I greatly enjoyed our time in Passau. The people were friendly, the food was delicious (schnitzel for the win!), and I was finally able to use Latin for a rare moment in my life! When we were exploring Passau, we entered St. Stephen’s Cathedral where there a variety of tombstones on display that had been inscribed with Latin. Keep in mind, it has been a few years since I have taken Latin in high school, but I was able to read some of the inscriptions. Besides the Latin tombstones, St. Stephen’s is also home to one of the world’s, so I am told, biggest organ (pictured somewhere above).

At one point during our biking from Passau, we came upon a bridge that had a small button on it that marked the border of Austria and Germany (that would be the small button marked with the D and O in the pictures above). Passau was also nice because it had one end of the town which was quieter with older buildings and cobblestone streets (near our hotel), and another end which had a mall, many shops, many restaurants, and appeared to much more modern looking.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures! Austria is next!

-Drew

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3 responses to “Passau, Germany: where taking Latin in high school finally becomes relevant in my life again

  1. Pingback: Austria: wine country, castles, and a skull altar? | We're Not Sorry·

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