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Monastic Island of Reichenau

Monastic Island of Reichenau

Three Romanesque churches from the 9th to the 11th century attest to the significance of the former Benedictine abbey on the Monastic Island of Reichenau in Baden-Württemberg. Founded in 724, it quickly developed into one of the most important monasteries in southern Germany. The monastic tradition can still be seen today in the unique religious festivals and processions that take place on the island.

The monastery itself was dissolved in 1803 and today the building serves as the town hall for the district of Reichenau. The actual UNESCO World Heritage site comprises the three Romanesque churches on the island, which were intellectual outposts of the western world at the time of the Carolingians and Ottonians. Their wall paintings show how significant Reichenau was as an artistic centre during the 10th and 11th century. The triple-naved Minster of St. Mary and St. Mark, formerly the monastery church, is today a Catholic parish church. In the St. Peter and Paul Church, consecrated in 799, the magnificent organ and Romanesque paintings are well worth seeing. Even older are the monumental Ottonian murals in the Church of St. George, the sole surviving example north of the Alps of a church interior from the 10th century that has been painted in its entirety. Another significant artefact from the artistic history of the High Middle Ages are the unique Reichenau manuscripts with their narrative illustrations of the New Testament and the lives of Jesus and the Gospels. In 2003 the monastery's illuminated manuscripts were entered into UNESCO's Memory of the World register. These amazing works can be seen in the Reichenau Museum, where other exhibits show the construction history of the cathedral and the monastery, the poems of the monk Walahfrid Strabo, the Plan of Saint Gall, which was drawn on Reichenau, and other chapters from history.

Opening times, tours and tips

Opening times

Reichenau Museum: April to October open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm; July and August open daily 10.30am to 5.30pm; November to March: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 2pm to 5pm

Guided tours

Tours of: Minster of St. Mary and St. Mark in Reichenau-Mittelzell, including the Schatzkammer (treasury); St. George's Church in Reichenau-Oberzell; and the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Reichenau-Niederzell


25 April: Festival of St. Mark: religious holiday commemorating the events of 830 when Radolf of Verona brought the remains of St. Mark to the then famous Benedictine abbey of Reichenau.

15 August: Assumption of Mary: the patrons of Reichenau minster, St. Mary and St. Mark, are honoured on the third of the island's religious holidays, which is also Reichenau World Heritage day

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Markusfest is a traditional island holiday.
8.45 clock parade of vigilantes on Münsterplatz
9.00 clock festival service in Münster St. Maria and Markus
ca. 10.30 clock procession
ca. 11.30 clock parade of vigilantes with flags levy on Münsterplatz
The bones of hl. Markus came 830 through Ratold of Verona in the famous Benedictine Abbey of Reichenau. They are in Münster St. Maria and Markus in a precious silver-driven and gilded shrine from the early 14th century.
The great past is still reflected today in the three island holidays.

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Münster St. Maria und Markus
Münsterplatz 4
78479 Reichenau

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The popular wine and fishing festival takes place for the 40th time. The fairground is located at the marina Herrenbrücke lakeside and therefore has its special charm.
The stalls offer guests culinary delicacies from the island and the lake, such. As fresh Bodensee fish, salads and other tasty specialties. The extensive wine list also leaves no wish unfulfilled. Especially popular are the wines of the vintners association Reichenau. However, other known Lake Constance and Regional wines are offered in a wide choice.

Many musical groups provide social entertainment during the 3 celebrations.

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31.07.2020 - 02.08.2020

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Yachthafen Herrenbrücke
Hermannus-Contractus-Straße 28
78479 Reichenau

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