Passau’s cultural life is diverse and well worth discovering. Passau's City Theatre was once the Episcopalian Opera and is today the venue of the Regional Theatre Lower Bavaria. Over 15 plays are premiered each season. Moreover the “Scharfrichter Haus Passau” is well-known for its cabaret.
Passau’s biggest art festival are the European Weeks Passau. Founded in 1952 by American Soldiers, the festival is the first one in post-war Germany which has been dedicated to European ideas. The European weeks take place yearly from June to July and are characterized by high quality.
In addition “Eulenspiegel Zeltfestival” or Passau’s cabaret days are important for the cultural life. Since 2008 there is the festival for new music “Alles im Fluss” and since 2009 the international guitar festival “Passauer Saiten“ is part of Passau’s art scene. Different film festivals are hosted regularly such as “Muestra Film Festival Passau” and International Film Festival Passau.
You can stroll through Passau’s Art Night in the historical old town yearly in June or July. Its slogan: “Touching and participating” should inspire you to immerse in the art world.
The ancient Passau: residence of the prince bishop, wealthy trading town and therefore excellent basis for all kinds of visual and performing arts. Its wide cultural testimonies range from Passau as part of the setting of "Nibelung’s Epic Poem", the construction of the outstandingly artistic gothic cathedral and its impressive baroque rebuilding after the great town fires of 1662 and 1680, the great cathedral and court music, the unique artwork of the gifted painters Ferdinand Wagner and Adalbert Stifter to the popular novels of the writers Adalbert Stifter and Hans Carossa.
Fortress Oberhaus Museum
The Fortress Oberhaus, one of Europe’s largest preserved castles, is situated high above Passau. The Historical Museum of Passau is located inside the castle. It presents the permanent exhibition “Passau- Myths & History” which informs visitors about the fascinating history of Passau and its surroundings. There you can enjoy one of the best views on the confluence of the three rivers.
The museum in the New Bishop’s Residence shows the treasures of Passau’s past when it was the capital of the largest diocese of the Holy Roman Empire. In particular, its rococo stairways and the fresco “The Gods of Olymp are worshipping the eternal town of Passau” are worth seeing.
Museum of Modern Art – Wörlen is located on the Danube in one of the Old Town’s prettiest houses. With its alternating exhibitions the museum presents art from the 20th and 21st century.
A unique exhibition with more than 30.000 glasses of the world famous “Bohemian Glass”. The museum is the winner of the “Adalabert-Stifter Award”. Furthermore it presents the worldwide largest collection of cook books.
Excavated remnants of a former Roman military fort, which dates back to the 3rd to 5th century AD, can be seen in the Roman Museum “Kastell Boiotro”.