Three guests at a 'quiet' Bavarian hotel were shot dead with crossbows overnight, according to police.

Staff at the hotel found the bodies of three people, a man and two women, alongside two crossbows.

The relationship between the three victims – a 54-year-old man and two women aged 30 and 33 – was not immediately clear.

The hotel is near to the Ilz river, on the edge of Passau near the Austrian border.

The three had all checked in to the guesthouse on Friday and had reportedly planned to stay for three nights.

They were discovered around noon on Saturday by a maid coming to clean the rooms.

A guest told Passauer Neue Presse daily that it was a "completely quiet night," and that she hadn't seen anything suspicious.

By Saturday evening, the police announced that there was no more evidence to find in the establishment and the guesthouse reopened for business.

The three people were all German. Police said they came from the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Lower Saxony.

There was no evidence to suggest that another person was involved in the deaths, the German news agency DPA reported.

Autopsies are scheduled for next week.

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