It's a city with storybook appeal: clock towers and onion dome steeples, cobblestones, a fortress, rows of colorful little buildings. A local tour guide points out various structures in the near distance.
the gray house
across the Inn River
lived as a small child
... when he almost drowned
Author's Note: Information regarding "when he almost drowned" can be found in the book Out of Passau: Leaving a City Hitler Called Home (Anna Elisabeth Rosmus, University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC, 2004) as well as in miscellaneous articles such as this one: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082640/How-year-old-Adolf-Hitler-saved-certain-death--drowning-icy-river-rescued.html.
—Haibun Today, Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014