Reichenau-Mittelzell. Photo: Wikipedia.

Island of Monasteries Reichenau

The Lake Constance region bears witness to the important role of the monasteries in religious and cultural life. The region, including present-day Switzerland, and the bishopric of Constance was a cultural unity in the Middle Ages.

Most monasteries were founded between the 8th and 13th centuries. The agricultural activity on the island of Reichenau still determines the landscape.

The monks of Reichenau built chapels and churches and they created famous monastery schools. Their illuminated manuscripts and frescoes are world-famous.

The monastery island was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.