Veste Oberhaus, founded in 1219, is a fortress and castle which sits atop St Georgsberg mountain on the left bank of the Danube overlooking Passau. It is a popular tourist site, with free access to the grounds, panoramic views, and a large museum full of interesting displays about local history (5€ for adults, children under 6 are free).
Getting there is part of the fun: there are stairs that climb that tree-covered hill you see in the photo above.
The stairs hug the side of the hill (don’t worry, there’s a railing), and take you inside the walls of the fortress.
Once you’re inside the walls it becomes more of a trail than stairs, with lots of little places to stop and rest or admire the view.
The climb is actually pretty short, only about 1.5 km from Dom St Stephen. It took us about half an hour with Hugo, who is a reluctant hiker on good days.
When we reached the top we were surprised to discover some historical reenactments going on:
We visited the museum:
It had been raining lightly but cleared briefly for us to get a good shot from the viewpoint.
And an obligatory selfie:
At last, time to head down.