Reichenau is famous for its gorgeous monastic architecture and for growing fruit and veg in huge greenhouses and on fields. The lake around acts like a massive climate regulator. Arriving on the island via a causeway, lined by trees and marshland grasses, you reach a small, intimate world, where time seems to slow down.
Certainly the beautiful spring weather - with all the trees and gardens in full bloom - helped us to enjoy this World Heritage site even more; we just couldn't fault it. We spend the night in a local hotel and after a hearty breakfast walked to the main abbey, an impressive medieval build not far from the marina. As we had an elderly couple in tow, we visited the two other churches by car with no problem for parking, but it is possible to visit the entire island by bike or even walking without too much trouble. The churches are well worth seeing, even if you are not into this sort of thing, they are always situated at beautiful vista points, so don't miss out.
Little stalls along the road sell locally grown fruit and veg, and I believe some of the greenhouses can be visited at times.
Do not forget to stop for a soup or a coffee at the Museum Café near the Munster. A unique little place, filled with books that you can borrow and return later, even by mail. A delightful idea and it seems that people are actually honest and return them. It must be the air of Reichenau….
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