Reichenau island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its abbey. Reichenau has been occupied since 724, when the abbey was founded.
Reichenau is sometimes known as the "vegetable island." The island is covered in vegetable fields and greenhouses. It is also known for its wineries.
One of Germany's largest wildlife sanctuaries is located at Reichenau, where the causeway meets the mainland.
Tourist informationaddress: Pirminstraße 145
- By car Reichenau is attached to the mainland by a causeway. Follow the signs from road B33.
- By train Take the train to the station "Reichenau" on the mainland, then catch a bus 7372 onto the island.
- By bus Catch bus 7372 from Konstanz-Wollmatingen or from the Reichenau train station.
- By boat From April until October there are boat connections, operated by BSB, to Reichenau from Konstanz and Radolfzell.
- By bicycle The causeway onto the island is nearly 3 km long and has a dedicated paved path for cyclist, inline skaters and pedestrians.
The island isn't very big. The bus stops at a couple of places when it comes through, but the best way to get around is to walk, bike, or drive. Walking and biking are especially nice since there are several pedestrian/cycle paths.
Bicycle rental is possible from:
address: Bradlengasse 24They have regular bikes, tandems and trailers for towing kids.
phone: +49 7534 999321address: Ergat 1 + 3
Schopflen castle ruinsOriginally served as a point of defense for the island at low tide. Destroyed in 1366. Now it's got a platform that allows you to watch part of the wildlife sanctuary.
St. Maria u. Markus CathedralThis was the abbey church and reached its present shape in the 11th century. The treasury (open Apr-Oct, 11:00-12:00 and 15:00-16:00, closed on Sundays) contains relics of St. Mark, among other treasures. Behind the cathedral is an herb garden, a reconstruction of the abbey herb garden.
St. Peter and Paul ChurchFeatures late Romanesque wall paintings from the early 1100s and has rococo ceilings from the 1750s.
GeorgskircheContains relics of St. George, and wall paintings from circa 1000
Water sportsRent a motor boat, paddle boat, canoe, kayak, sail boat or row boat. Take windsurfing lessons. All this is offered by the Freizeitcenter located at campground Sandseele, Bradlengasse 24 (north-west end).
Guided tourIsland tours are offered daily by the Freizeitcenter located at campground Sandseele.
Ice skateIf you happen to be here during the winter, and the winter happens to be a cold one, the lake will freeze in the bay beside the island. You can skate, play hockey, and buy mulled wine and currywurst from stands on the ice.
phone: +49 75 34-2 39address: Burgstraße 9
phone: +49 7534 9990990address: Stedigasse 18
phone: +49 7534 9944-0address: Pirminstraße 141This hotel has a spa and a restaurant.
phone: +49 7534 257address: An der Schiffslände 8Rooms varysome have jacuzzi, whirlpool, lakeview. Has a restaurant.
phone: +49 7534 803-0address: An der Schiffslände 12Has parking, garden terrace, restaurant.
phone: +49 7534 332address: Zelleleweg 4Has restaurant.
phone: +49 7534 246address: Pirminstraße 156Some rooms have lakeview.
s'Hobelbänklephone: +49 7534 1383address: Rosendornweg 5
Hotel Garniphone: +49 7534 9210-21address: Am Vögelisberg 13
phone: +49 7534 7384address: Bradlengasse 24