Though not the only hotel in town with watery views, the Schloss certainly has the best. This is because of its quiet location away from the busy roads and noisy boat docks that mar the morning serenity. The hotel is also just a few steps away from the tip of the peninsula, which is one of the best places to view the celebrated "meeting of the three rivers."

The castle itself looks more like a large 18th-century townhouse, attached to a portion of the old city's defensive wall, than a true Schloss. It gleams from a renovation last year; in fact, the entire quarter seems to be undergoing a revival. The entrance is set on a small, cobblestone courtyard. The lobby is equally brief: a simple, efficient room with an abrupt little reception desk. The extra space has apparently been saved for the spacious restaurant hall, nicely decorated with knight's armor, medieval weaponry, a fireplace and high vaulted ceilings. The restaurant opens to three levels of vine-covered terraces with expansive views of the Inn River and the baroque Mariahilf (Our Lady of Succor) cloister across the way.

The 18 guest rooms are bright and decorated in a tasteful mix of the traditional and modern. Whitewashed walls contrast pine floors, slender light fixtures and candle holders are fashioned from wrought iron, and nightstands are converted old wine presses. The hand-painted wooden bed frames are crisply dressed with white linen and fronted by small Persian rugs. The staff's English is not the best, but they are friendly and open to interpreting hand gestures. The best news is that the room prices are equal to—or even a bit lower than—the competition, so you are advised to hurry and visit before they raise the rates.

Street Address: Am Dreiflusseck
City: Passau
Country: Germany
Phone: 0049 851 - 340 72
Quality: Rating: 4 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel