Next to the Austrian border in the southeastern corner of Germany lies the Bavarian town of Passau. At the city’s so-called ‘Ortspitze’, three rivers converge: the black Ilz from the north, the green Inn from the south, and the blue Danube from the west. The unique setting provides the city with the nickname or moniker “Bavarian Venice.” Facing east and up and over the hills in the distance is Austria.
With a few short hours of late-autumn and winter daylight, I chase the remaining light on foot through a bitter windchill. The following pictures show it’s worth the effort and the sacrifice of comfort: “always for the shot(s).”
Bayerisches Venedig (Bavarian Venice)
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"Passauer-Planeten-Pfad." On the small peninsula in the city's Old Town is the "Passau planet path" (Solar System) along the bank of the Inn river. The Sun is located at the Dreiflüsseeck (Three Rivers Corner) where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers converge. Here in this shot, just short of the Marienbrücke is Jupiter. The average Sun-Jupiter distance of 5 Astronomical Units or 750 million kilometres is compressed by scale to a "walking distance" of 750 metres on the planet path from the Dreiflüsseeck; the reduction in scale is a factor of 1 billion (1E+9). Passau, Germany – 13 Dec 2012.
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Passau is an easy daytrip from Munich with a 2 hour and 15 minute train journey (no change of train required) on Deutsche Bahn with regional express service running every hour. Schedule changes subject to track work; check with Deutsche Bahn.
Across the street from Passau’s Hauptbahnhof (central train station) is an “i” information office where I pick up a map of the city. Local and regional buses stop here at the train station, including the City-Bus whose route runs Monday to Saturday between the train station and Röerplatz in Old Town.
I made the photos above on 13 December 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2Mm.