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St. Georg in Reichenau-Oberzell

Reichenau is an island and town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. At 4.5 km long and 1.5 km wide, it is the largest island on Lake Constance (Bodensee).



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 i Reichenau, where the causeway meets the mainland.

  • Tourist information, Pirminstraße 145. M-F 09:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-14:00.

Get in

  • 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 [dead link], 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.

Get around


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:

  • Freizeitcenter, Bradlengasse 24 (located at campground Sandseele; at the north-west end of the street). They have regular bikes, tandems and trailers for towing kids.


  • 1 Reichenau Museum, Ergat 1 + 3, +49 7534 999321. Apr-Oct: Tu-Su 10:30-16:30; Jul-Aug: Tu-Su 10:30-17:30; Nov-Mar: Sa Su public holidays 14:00-17:00. Adults €3, children €1.50.
  • Schopflen castle ruins (at the end of the causeway, just before you're properly on the island). It was built to be a point of defence for the island at low tide. It was destroyed in 1366. Now it has a platform that allows you to watch part of the wildlife sanctuary. free.
  • St. Maria u. Markus Cathedral. This 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 Church. Features late Romanesque wall paintings from the early 1100s and has rococo ceilings from the 1750s.
  • Georgskirche (St. George's church) (the first church you see upon arriving on the island). Contains relics of St. George, and wall paintings from circa 1000


  • Water sports. Rent a motor boat, paddle boat, canoe, kayak, sail boat or row boat. Take windsurfing lessons. All this is offered by the Freizeitcenter at campground Sandseele, Bradlengasse 24 (north-west end).
  • Guided tour. Island tours are offered daily by the Freizeitcenter located at campground Sandseele.
  • Ice skate. If you are 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.











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