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We arrived in Passau a little before breakfast. I slept a little late because Al was snoring and I was wide awake so I caught up on my journal entries. Just heard from Sylvia and Sue Ball that Erica is in labor!! So exciting!! Now I have a reason to buy a little Austrian sweater for a baby!!
We had a quick breakfast and then headed off our ship for our tour of ...
... Rep that was formed when a large dam was built.
Cesky Krumlov was a beautiful town built on a couple of sharp bends in the Vltava River, the longest river in the Czech Rep. The old part has a huge castle. Again tough to do it justice in the pictures. We had a guided walking tour, then lunch and an hour and half free time to tour ourselves. Then back on the bus to me the boat in Germany. We sailed at 6:00 PM and our next stop is Regenburg.
Weather here ...
... flourishing city lost its valuable trade.
Passau's magnificent baroque St Stephen's Cathedral located on the highest point in old town. It was nearly destroyed by fire in 1662 when fire swept through the town. It was rebuilt and since 1928 has been home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. It has 17,974 organ pipes, 233 stops and four carillons. All five parts of the organ can be played at once or separately from the main keyboard.
... Baroque style versus the Gothic style, but there was still a mix. The church was magnificent. Apparently the Bishop Princes, were very egocentric people, and they loved building extravagant buildings and putting their personal touches on them. See if you can see the difference compared to the churches I've posted in the past. Definitely not an ABC (another bloody church). After touring the city ...
We're going to do a total boat swap today with the Viking Var.
Next port on the original itinerary is Passau, Germany. However, the Danube in Passau is too shallow (by a few inches) for our boat to sail past so we are docked in Linz (Austrian side of impasse). The Viking Var is cruising in the opposite direction from ours and cannot get beyond the impasse from their location on the German side of the impasse. So ...