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Passau Walking Tour
Passau Walking Tour (Mary Curry)
Christmas Tree Passau
Christmas Tree Passau (Mary Curry)
We had the most wonderful guide, Christopher, today who took us on a walk through Passau and up to a pilgrimage church, Mariahilf (Mary, help us!) for views over the city. Along the way he discussed education, economics, architecture (85% of the town burnt down in 1662 so most buildings are ~350 years old) and a touch of politics. He was incredibly informative with a cheeky sense of humor that matched his mixed background (half German/ half English). We saw the stunning Passau cathedral and the three rivers that made Passau an important trading post for hundreds of years.
Passau Cathedral
Passau Cathedral (Mary Curry)

Along the way, I also learned that university education is free for all in Germany... ie not just for Germans, but for everyone!  Christopher mentioned that he had a friend from Canada who decided to transfer for the remainder of her coursework after spending a semester in Passau. Not only that, but 80% of courses are given in English in Passau.... seems I have a college plan for my kids!! 

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