On our way to Zagreb in Croatia for our winterholidays, we stayed for the night in Passau. We arrived in the late afternoon and had some dinner in the van before we went out from the Wohnmobilstellplatz for a walk to discover the city center and were pleasantly  surprised by the Christmasmarket on its main square. 

When the Weihnachtsmarkt on the main square of Passau was closing, it was time for everyone to get back home, for some warmth and some sleep, because it was quite cold. I seduced my family to go find the Innbrückbogen at the Innbrückgasse, which became a special moment in a nearly empty city.  I shot this photo with my mobile phone, and because of the dark it is granular. I think it fits the atmosphere at the time.

Innbrückbogen, 1924. Photo: Kurt Hieklscher 

Innbrückbogen, 22nd of December 2018. Photo: Casper Molenaar. 

Checking out the Weihnachtsmarkt am Domplatz, the Christmasmarket at the Dom Square with my family.

Kurt Hielscher published three photos from Passau. When I was in Passau in december 2019 with my family, we did not go up to the Castle that overlooks the city to make the second photo. Instead we went straight to the center for the Christmasmarket. Half a year later, my mom did and she made the second photo. Passau is also named Dreiflüssestadt and this is why: here three rivers come together: the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. The thirs one I left for another visit.

View from Veste Oberhaus, 1926. Photo: Kurt Hielscher.

30st of May 2019. Photo: Marianne Molenaar-Stenmans.

In Am Sonntag​, a newspaper that is received by the inhabitants of the city of Passau​ you'll find in the edition of November 24th of 2019 on page 8 a very nice article about my photoproject In the footsteps of Kurt Hielscher​, for those who understand German. Just one thing to make clear: I was not 51 years old at the time but only 45. 

Below: View on Veste Oberhaus from the bridge, the Prinzregent-Luitpoldbrücke, at night on our way back to the parking lot.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher