Reichenau-Mittelzell. Photo: Wikipedia.

Island of Monasteries Reichenau

The Lake Constance region bears witness to the important role played by monasteries in the Middle Ages in the religious and cultural life of this part of Baden-Württemberg.This region and the episcopal city of Constance was a cultural unity.

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

The monks of Reichenau built chapels and churches and they created famous monastery schools. The production of illuminated manuscripts and frescoes is world famous.

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