Looks can often be deceiving and upon first inspection you might not even give this place a second look. But if you were visiting Passau for the first time, you’d be crazy not to visit Brauerei-Gaststätte Peschl-Terrasse.
Located steps away from where our Viking Atla river cruise ship was docked while we were in Passau, we opted to make this our last stop for the day before going back onboard.
A brewery, restaurant, and terrace, this once family owned and operated business has been around since 1855 with roots going back as far as 1259. Passau has always been a city with a thriving brewery business with five active breweries including Innstadt Brauerei, Hacklberg Brauerei, Löwenbräu, Peschl Brauerei and Andorfer Brauerei until 2008 when Aldersbacher acquired Peschl Brauerei and agreed to produce its beer. While you can no longer have beer from the original brewery, you can certainly enjoy a meal with a great view and at least some version of a Peschl beer here.
Who could turn down a seat with panoramic views on the terrace overlooking the Danube and the Viking Atla.
Our server was kind enough to help walk us through the menu and I freely admit that we were easily swayed by her suggestions. Despite having had lunch a few hours earlier, we decided on a few beers and a snack.
Already on this trip I’m drinking way more beer than I normally ever would back at home. After all, I’m more of a girly drink kind of girl, but how could I possibly pass up a cold German beer while in Germany? The dark beers, like the one I had at Regensburger Weissbräuhaus, was so good I decided to give it another go while in Passau. There’s nothing, and I do mean absolutely nothing, better on a hot day than a fantastic German beer and a hot pretzel with Obatzda except maybe pretzels and beer in Passau, Germany!
What is Obatzda? It’s a Bavarian cheese delicacy that’s made by mixing two thirds aged soft cheese, usually Camembert and one third butter. Add to that some traditional seasonings like sweet or hot paprika, salt, and pepper as well a small amount of beer, mix until smooth, and your Obatzda is ready to eat. Obatzda is an example of Bavarian biergarten food and is eaten spread on bread or like here, pretzels. This salty, rich tasting snack coats the tongue and definitely makes you want to drink beer. More beer, more beer! (Germany I hear you loud and clear!)
While drinking and noshing on our pretzels and Obatzda, we kept a close eye on Viking Atla to make sure she didn’t sail away without us.
With enough beers and pretzels in us for the time being, we finished up at the Brauerei-Gaststätte Peschl-Terrasse and made our way back to our beloved Viking Atla for an evening of fun at dinner: “A Taste of Austria.”
Weiherer B. & Th. GbR
Roßtränke 4, 94032 Passau
Tel. 0851/2489 Fax. 0851/34013
I was a guest of Viking River Cruises for my river cruise, but as always — all opinions and photographs are my own.