Hotel Koenig – Old World Charm in Passau

Hotel Koenig is well situated for anyone departing for a river cruise from Passau Germany. I chose it for my one night stay in Passau both for its location and because of its uniqueness as an older independent hotel. Walking from the train station to the hotel along Danube River, my first glance of the hotel did not prepare me for the inviting, cozy interior.

Front Entry Hotel Koenig
Front Entry Hotel Koenig

Once inside, I found the hotel met my expectations for old world charm with the bonus of modern amenities.

Modern Amenities with Old World Charm
Foyer in Hotel Koenig Double Room


Only a one kilometer walk from the Passau rail station, the hotel is located on the Danube River, one of three rivers that converge in Passau. Many cruise ships are docked directly in front of the hotel. Because of the high volume of river traffic, some ships are also located at a dock area on the outskirts of the town.

River Cruises Docked at Front Door - Hotel Koenig Passau
River Cruises Docked at Front Door – Hotel Koenig Passau

Passau, established in 739, has a mix of architecture from across many centuries.  There are sidewalk cafes, museums, and shopping making this town worth at least a couple of nights stay. St Stephen’s Cathedral houses the world’s largest cathedral organ with 17,974 pipes and 233 stops.

Passau is built on a hill with the old city located on the higher points of the town. Guests at Hotel Koenig can exit out the second floor directly into the old town area.

Exit to City Side - 2nd Floor Hotel Koenig
Exit to City Side – 2nd Floor Hotel Koenig
River View from Window - Hotel Koenig Passau
River View from Room Window

Check In

I was greeted warmly by the reception staff. Within a few minutes I had the key to my room, an overview of the layout and amenities of the hotel and a map of town (the map is available in several languages).


I was very pleased on entering my room to see that the old city ambience enhanced with modern features was evident in the rooms as wells as the reception area.

The furniture is made of cherry wood and every room contains a seating area, desk, satellite TV and telephone. Wi-Fi is available in most rooms. If this is a must for you confirm that need when making your reservation. All south facing rooms are air conditioned.

Comfortable Bed Hotel Koenig
Comfortable Bed Hotel Koenig

Each room also contains a minibar.

Well-stocked Minibar Hotel Koenig Passau
Well-stocked Minibar Hotel Koenig Passau

Every room in Hotel Koenig had been remodeled to include a modern bathroom. The double rooms have bath tubs (with showers), single rooms have showers only.

Clean Roomy Bathroom
Clean Roomy Bathroom
Bathroom Necessities
Bathroom Necessities

The closets are spacious and include a safe.

Pleny of Storage and In-Room Safe
Plenty of Storage and In-Room Safe

Bar and Public Areas

The lounge area is larger than it appears in this photo. There is Wi-Fi access in the lounge area and there is a PC available for use if you have not brought your own.

Spacious Lounge - Hotel Passau Germany
Spacious Lounge – Hotel Passau Germany

There is a well stocked bar where you can also order tea and coffee. The bar service is provided by the reception staff. The reception area is just around the corner. My experience was that I never waited more then a few minutes to be served.

Bar is Serviced by Reception Desk - Hotel Passau Germany
Bar is Serviced by Reception Desk – Hotel Passau Germany

Food Service

The breakfast room is located next to the hotel lobby, reception area and hotel bar. It is a large area with room to seat all hotel guests. The wide array of selections at the breakfast buffet includes both cold and hot dishes including fresh baked pastries and fresh fruit. There are also eggs, meats and breads.

I was not feeling well during my stay at Hotel Koenig, so I skipped breakfast. I did have tea service from the bar a little later in the day. There are also snacks such as pretzels or cookies for your tea available at the bar.

Tea Service from Bar Hotel Koenig Passau
Tea Service from Bar Hotel Koenig Passau

There are no full service restaurants in the hotel. You will find many restaurants within a two block area of the hotel, including a lovely restaurant just steps away out the second floor exit to the city side.

Patio Restaurant Steps from Rear Entrance Hotel Koenig
Patio Restaurant Steps from Rear Entrance Hotel Koenig

Hotel Amenities

There are Finnish saunas available for guests. Book your time with the reception desk in advance. As mentioned before there is Wi-Fi in most rooms and in the lobby and a PC available for guests use on the main floor.

There is a garage on the bottom level of the hotel. You enter the hotel at the street/garage level from the sidewalk. There is an elevator directly inside the front door that takes you to the reception area. All floors in the hotel have elevator access.

One of the best amenities for guests who will be staying at Hotel Koenig either before or after a river cruise is the hotels handling of luggage and transportation to the cruise ships. They have large storage closets next to the reception area where you can store your luggage once you have checked out of your room.  Check out is at 11am and most cruise ships depart much later in the day.

The morning of your cruise, check in at the reception area and let them know the name of your ship and what time you are leaving. The hotel receives information from both dock areas in the morning advising them of where each cruise ship is docked. The reception staff will let you know which dock area and slip you are departing from and will also arrange for a coach to transport you and your luggage for 3 Euros per person.

I was departing at 4pm on a Highlights of Germany Cruise with Avalon Waterways. I left my luggage in the lobby area all day making sure I was back at the reception area in time to board my coach at 3:30. I was efficiently delivered to my ship with my luggage handled for me.

My First Glimpse of Artistry II - Passau Germany
My First Glimpse of Artistry II – Passau Germany


Hotel Koenig has 30 double rooms, 3 triple rooms and 8 single rooms. At the time of this posting prices for single rooms range from 69 to 90 Euros, doubles range from 89 to 120 Euros and triple rooms range from 120 to 149 Euros. The daily rate includes the hotel’s extensive buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi.

There are packages and specials available that vary with the season. You can contact Hotel Koenig for up to date information before booking.


I have no hesitancy in recommending Hotel Koenig if you are going to be in Passau, Germany.

The location is central with access to the river on one side and access to the historic old town on the other.

River View - Hotel Koenig
River View – Hotel Koenig

There are many sites in Passau worth exploring in addition to being the hub for river cruises in the region.

Cafe Culture Passau Germany
Cafe Culture Passau Germany
Architecture from Many Eras is Represented in Passau
Architecture from Many Eras is Represented in Passau

There is limited food service which could be a drawback if having your evening meal at a restaurant within the hotel is important to you.

The prices are reasonable and the staff friendly and helpful. The location and services provided make Hotel Koenig an exceptional choice for guests who are in Passau to join a river cruise.

Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at

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