Danube Upper Austria
Culture and nature from Passau to Grein
The first highlight in the region Danube Upper Austria is the city Passau itself. Especially its historical city centre, its charming position at the three rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz as well as the fortress Oberhaus are worth a visit. All this represents an image of the city's changeful history as a mighty diocesan town. Going downstream, the Danube valley presents itself in a spectacular way. Imbedded between towering, wooded and slopy river banks - the 'Donauleiten' - it makes its way into the east. The first striking waypoint is the monastery Engelhartszell. It is the only Trappist's monastery in Austria and especially well known for its liqueur production, cheese and beer. A breathtaking natural spectacle is the Schlögener Schlinge. The granitic basement complex of the Bohemian Massif forces the Danube to two spectacular shifts in direction and allows the Danube to present itself in its most magnificent way.
Through the fertile 'Eferdinger Becken' the journey goes further to Linz, the city which combines Austrian tradition and modernity. In 2009, the Upper Austrian's capital was the European Capital of Culture. Shortly, before entering the city, the Cistercian monastery Wilhering is worth a visit as the collegiate church is one of the most glorious rococo buildings in Austria. However, once you reach Linz, you dive right into the cultural life of Upper Austria's capital. Just next to the Danube the Lentos Museum of Arts, the 'Brucknerhaus' which is the centre point of music, the Ars Electronica Center (a futuristic museum) and the historic old town are located next to each other.
Following the Danube downstream, you can visit the baroque monastery St.Florian and Enns, the oldest city of Austria. The 'Strudengau' closes up the Upper Austrian Danube valley and is scenically as well as culturally a real highlight. Scenically, as the Danube shows you its wildly romantic side and culturally because the idyllic city Grein, a former place for settlemtents of Danube skippers, can boast with its striking fortress 'Greinburg' and the oldest civil city theatre in the German language area.