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“Interesting Island of History and Agriculture”

Reviewed 14 October 2015

Stopped by leaving Konstanz, and visited the Church of Peter & Paul -- lots of interesting ancient history, and a good museum display to accompany. Do the exhibit before visiting the church for extra clarity.

Thank Kalpr
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

Reichenau Island is about 10 km from Constance and there are great bike trails to get there. Most of the restaurants and supermarkets around Constance get their produce from that island, which is very beautiful, quaint, not as busy as Mainau (the flower island). The panorama is fantastic and the people are very welcomy. Biking is a great way to visit, whereas you cannot get your bike on Mainau Island.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

The three churches which today recall the great Benedictine heritage of this island are well worth a visit. The church of St Peter and St Paul has faded 12th century frescoes in the apse. The more impressive church of St George, with a beautiful cycle of eight wall paintings in the nave, heavily restored, is only open through guided tours. My favourite is the larger church of St Mary and St Mark: the Munster. This is basically a Romanesque structure with a late Gothic choir and a few altars and statues from later periods. Somehow it all works together. There is an example of early Christian art in the treasury, a 4th century ivory incorporated into a medieval ciborium. Monks have returned to the island after a hiatus of 250 years and there have been one or two living here since 2001. However, the monastic glory of this island is well in the past. It is not like St Gall or one of the many other great continuing monastic establishments in Germany.

2  Thank Steven M
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Reviewed 5 May 2015

A little world of its own with villages, farms and historic churches. Lots of people cycling around but we were driving.

1  Thank Alastair M
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Reviewed 1 May 2015

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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