Veste Oberhaus
Veste Oberhaus
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Within the almost 800-year-old fortification Veste Oberhaus you can experience living history. With an enclosed area of 65.000m2 it is one of Europes’s largest preserved castle complexes. High above Passau within the historic walls of the fortification the Oberhausmuseum presents exciting exhibitions from the Middle Ages to the present day. The displays of ancient archaeological finds, medieval weapons and armoury as well as stunning gothic panel paintings invite you on a journey through the past. The Veste Oberhaus also houses a Youth Hostel, an observatory and a restaurant. From the castle’s view point “Linde Battery” you can enjoy the unique panorama of Passau’s picturesque old town and the confluence of the city’s three rivers, the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Another highlight of this impressive European cultural monument is the chapel of St. George at the heart of the castle with its magnifcent gothic frescoes.
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  • khalid4kac
    Hawalli, Kuwait165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    One of the oldest preserved fortresses in Europe , a Top must visit in Passau . Easy reach by car with plenty of spaces for car park . Expect to spend 2 hours more if you visit the museum. Other wise, enjoy the view of top of Passau
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,839 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular castle and wonderful view
    The Veste Oberhaus is a stunning castle in Passau, on the left bank of the river Danube. It was founded in the first quarter of the thirteenth century and most of time it was destined to be the residence of the prince-bishops of the Bishopric of Passau. The castle was enlarged several times until the end of the eighteenth century to the imposing and majestic building that can be seen nowadays. In fact, the Veste Oberhaus is a gorgeous monument and one of the most overwhelming castle complexes which can be seen in Europe. One can climb up the castle through the Oberhausleiten staircase. It's no doubt a healthy way to start a cultural visit. Notwithstanding that if one doesn't feel like getting some exercise, the easiest way to reach the castle is to take the shuttle at its stop by the riverside. Upon arriving at the entrance the coat of arms of Prince-Bishop Leonhard von Laiming, from the fifteenth century can be admired. The castle houses an interesting museum. The visit to that museum is a good means to get to know, among other things, some relevant aspects of the medieval life in Passau and some details about the commercial activity at that time in the city. In the museum concerned one may contemplate marvellous paintings, such as that depicting the Prince-Bishop Joseph Franz von Auersperg, as well as one of the Sacred Family from 1460, painted on wood. Besides, there are other interesting items there. Among them, a statue representing St. Ignacio de Loyola and the bridal crown of the Duchess Hedwig. The yards around the castle are an optimal place for contemplating the architectural features of the outer castle wall and the towers. In the inner courtyard there is the gothic castle church of St. George, whose square tower with bulbous dome is very nice. Inside the chapel one can admire the magnificent ribbed vault and the gothic frescoes with representations of the legend of St. George, as well as a dazzling picture of St. George killing the dragon behind the high altar. It's a fabulous place where every detail ought to be thoroughly examined. In addition to the foregoing, the panoramic view of Passau and its region which can be beheld from the castle, and especially from its lookout tower is fabulous. Therefore, the visit to the Veste Oberhaus is highly recommended. One can spend quite a long moment up there looking at splendid masterpieces and enjoying sights which will certainly be unforgettable.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 26 June 2023
  • DarylJ552
    Carlsbad, California3,262 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    800 YEAR OLD CASTLE OVERLOOKING PASSAU, GERMANY
    We drove up the steep hill to Veste Oberhaus and parked near the castle entrance. The fortress overlooks the city of Passau, Germany and the 3 rivers that meet there. There are lots of rooms with all kinds of exhibits related to the 800 year history of the castle. We spent several hours there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • ScotAlberta
    Sherwood Park, Canada665 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Castle and Views
    Old castle that protected the convergence of three rivers including Inn and Danube. Views of Passau and surrounding areas are great including Passaus old city. You can hike up or take the shuttle from I front of city hall. Very reasonable and comes every 1/2 hour. Well worth the visit
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
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ScotAlberta
Sherwood Park, Canada665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Old castle that protected the convergence of three rivers including Inn and Danube. Views of Passau and surrounding areas are great including Passaus old city. You can hike up or take the shuttle from I front of city hall. Very reasonable and comes every 1/2 hour. Well worth the visit
Written 24 October 2023
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DarylJ552
Carlsbad, CA3,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We drove up the steep hill to Veste Oberhaus and parked near the castle entrance. The fortress overlooks the city of Passau, Germany and the 3 rivers that meet there. There are lots of rooms with all kinds of exhibits related to the 800 year history of the castle. We spent several hours there.
Written 23 August 2023
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,839 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Veste Oberhaus is a stunning castle in Passau, on the left bank of the river Danube. It was founded in the first quarter of the thirteenth century and most of time it was destined to be the residence of the prince-bishops of the Bishopric of Passau. The castle was enlarged several times until the end of the eighteenth century to the imposing and majestic building that can be seen nowadays. In fact, the Veste Oberhaus is a gorgeous monument and one of the most overwhelming castle complexes which can be seen in Europe.
One can climb up the castle through the Oberhausleiten staircase. It's no doubt a healthy way to start a cultural visit. Notwithstanding that if one doesn't feel like getting some exercise, the easiest way to reach the castle is to take the shuttle at its stop by the riverside. Upon arriving at the entrance the coat of arms of Prince-Bishop Leonhard von Laiming, from the fifteenth century can be admired.
The castle houses an interesting museum. The visit to that museum is a good means to get to know, among other things, some relevant aspects of the medieval life in Passau and some details about the commercial activity at that time in the city. In the museum concerned one may contemplate marvellous paintings, such as that depicting the Prince-Bishop Joseph Franz von Auersperg, as well as one of the Sacred Family from 1460, painted on wood. Besides, there are other interesting items there. Among them, a statue representing St. Ignacio de Loyola and the bridal crown of the Duchess Hedwig.
The yards around the castle are an optimal place for contemplating the architectural features of the outer castle wall and the towers. In the inner courtyard there is the gothic castle church of St. George, whose square tower with bulbous dome is very nice. Inside the chapel one can admire the magnificent ribbed vault and the gothic frescoes with representations of the legend of St. George, as well as a dazzling picture of St. George killing the dragon behind the high altar. It's a fabulous place where every detail ought to be thoroughly examined.
In addition to the foregoing, the panoramic view of Passau and its region which can be beheld from the castle, and especially from its lookout tower is fabulous.
Therefore, the visit to the Veste Oberhaus is highly recommended. One can spend quite a long moment up there looking at splendid masterpieces and enjoying sights which will certainly be unforgettable.
Written 26 June 2023
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khalid4kac
Hawalli, Kuwait165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
One of the oldest preserved fortresses in Europe , a Top must visit in Passau . Easy reach by car with plenty of spaces for car park . Expect to spend 2 hours more if you visit the museum. Other wise, enjoy the view of top of Passau
Written 30 April 2023
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Claire C
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It is worth the visit! I walked from the town centre until up there on the hill! The view is amazing! I took loads of pics! Try a hot drink during winter at their balcony with the view!
Written 9 March 2023
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Veste Oberhaus is a fortress that was founded in 1219 and, for most of its time, served as the stronghold of the Bishop of Passau, Germany. It is currently the site of a museum, a youth hostel, and a restaurant. It was closed when we visited Passau.
Written 19 January 2023
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kas647
United Kingdom177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It is a very interesting building with a long and fascinating history… but there is simply not enough in English. There are a number of interesting looking videos. Not one has subtitles. There is a huge amount of exhibits, not one with any English. I used Google Translate for some things, but there are many areas of no internet because of the thickness of the walls. It could be improved so much and so easily.
There are also several areas, including the Observatory closed, with no reason given.
We also took the shuttle bus up and down. You need a mask and the driver speaks no English, but we managed. Please note that this costs, but we discovered there is a lift from the car park!
Written 11 August 2022
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RJN612
Pottsville, PA453 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We took a shuttle bus from the city center to the top to save time but it is walkable for those who care to. There are excellent views from the top and the grounds are very nice. We did not do the museum so I cannot rate that. There is also a restaurant for those who wish. Overall a nice visit.
Written 6 June 2022
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ceetom1
California396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We took a city shuttle from in front of the town hall that drove us up the hill to this place. Saved us a walk up a steep hill. The castle has a museum that you can visit for a few. Well worth the entry fee. As others pointed out, there are excellent views of Passau from the castle atop the hill. We spent about 2 hours here.
Written 14 May 2022
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jads4u
Kansas City, MO195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Passau is really beautiful and is the junction of three rivers into the Danube. The Castle above the town is well worth the walk up the almost 300 steps. The castle has been there for centuries and provides gorgeous views of the Passau and the surrounding country. You can see Austria, Germany the Czech Republic.
Written 17 April 2022
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