Day 8 – Passau, Germany

Like Melk, Passau is also a small town. Overnight, we went through more river locks and passed the border to Germany.

We participated in the city tour today. We were happy that the kids said that they were running late – at least this meant that the shore excursion was on their radar!

Our cruise director Boris, informed us that this was probably the last day to shop because most restaurants and shops would be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Our tour guide in Passau, Germany.
Our tour guide in Passau, Germany.

We were happy that he girls joined us in the dining room for breakfast. Mikaela appears to enjoy the lox creations whereas Kari likes her sautéed mushroom and onion omelette.

Our shore excursion was led by another local resident. She prepared us for the fact that we would be walking on cobblestones and quickly made a joke about high heels.

Because Passau is bordered by three rivers, it is highly susceptible to flooding. As a result, most people live on the second floor or higher. The ground floor is usually for businesses. More recently, they have used it for garages and car ports.

Some of the buildings have timelines which depict the water level and the date. The last flood was in 2013 and it was the largest flood in 500 years.

Demo of making gingerbread @ Cafe Simon's outdoor tent
Demo of making gingerbread @ Cafe Simon’s outdoor tent

We stopped by a local bakery – Cafe Simon. There we were introduced to the art of making gingerbread. This bakery/restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations.

Since Passau had a. Christmas Market and because it was going to close for the season, we unanimously decided to go there.

We proudly acted like locals by eating the half-meter sausage sandwiches. By this time, Peggy had to order her traditional gluwein in the Christmas mug of Passau.

Peggy and Kari love crepes and seeing a stand, they ordered a banana Nutella crepe.

Heading back to the ship we stopped by Cafe Simon’s bakery again. There is something to be said about the bakeries in Europe. The glass is new and spotless, attractive lighting is used and the cookies and cakes look like art.

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