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Veste Oberhaus, Passau

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4.5/5 based on 200 reviews on the web
Veste Oberhaus is a fortress that was founded in 1219 and, for most of its time, served as the stronghold of the Bishop of Passau, Germany. It is currently the site of a museum, a youth hostel, and a restaurant, as well as an open-air theatre dating to 1934.The fortress is located on the mountain crest (St. Georgsberg) on the left side of the Danube between it and the Ilz, and dominates the old city of Passau, which it faces across the Danube. Below Oberhaus on the promontory between the two rivers is Veste Niederhaus, part of the fortress system.HistoryThe fortress was built in 1219 by Ulrich II, the first prince-bishop of Passau, at the location of a previously existing chapel dedicated to St. George. The intention was to express the military strength of the bishopric and support the bishop's status as an elector of the Holy Roman Empire, granted in 1217, and also to protect against both external enemies and internal threats such as those citizens of Passau who wished to acquire the independent status of a free imperial city.As siege techniques improved over the centuries, Veste Oberhaus was repeatedly renovated and extended, beginning in 1255 - 56, so that it offers an opportunity to study fortification techniques from the 13th through the early 19th century. The inscription "1499" prominent on the facade refers to one of these renovations. The most significant rebuilding took place under Leonhard von Laiming, Christoph von Schachner, Urban von Trennbach, and Johann Philipp von Lamberg. Under them, the fortress developed from a Gothic citadel to an early Renaissance princely residence, a "fortified princely castle", and finally, in the era of invasion by the Turks, a regional fortress and symbol of aristocratic status. Archeological investigations in the 1990s revealed traces of a 17th-century residential tower.
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  • It's great that you can drive almost to the door with the car and do not pay parking fees. You need very much time, if you want a closer look at various exhibitions. We offer this much, and it is for each bit in national history, religious, historical or... or... or... The view from the fortress is gigantic!
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  • The walk to the House of Lords is really highly recommended and va he worth correctly, if it is up! (to achieve) but also with the car easily You can overlook all Passau and enjoy this delicious drinks or even a Bavarian food. Card payment only from €20 possible!
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  • This structure dates back to 1299 AD and incorporates the Gothic style. Elegant, it dominates the town and rivers. Worth a visit but allow 2 hours at least. 
  • Oh my God! We spend a full day visiting this huge medieval castle! it is surprisingly detailed and when you start the visit you can't see how big it is. You pass thru rooms representing several periods of the castle history. Amazing!
  • Great food, nice location. Steak right at the point.
  • Quite a hike! This is a castle with museums inside, dedicated to the town's history, place in history as well as a museum for the Bohemian Forest.
  • By 1219 with extensions to centre of power built 1800 on a wedge-shaped rock solid on the banks of the Danube and residence as well as administrative and economic center of the Hochstift Passau. As one of the largest fortresses in Germany very worth seeing. Impressive views of the Passau town!
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  • From out of the Citadel there is a truly fantastic look at Passau, solely worth the trip up here. Who is not averse to a museum visit, which should please the Vestenmuseum to the history not only of the Citadel, but area. Slowly changing special exhibitions attract upper House also a repeated visit of the Citadel.
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