There was much debate in the car over whether it was really an island or just a peninsula reached by a narrow isthmus, but you'll be happy to know that we did cross over about a foot of water to get there, so it has been declared officially an island by the Sandiego-Luxembourg household.
|Driving on to the island in dreary weather|
|Outside St. George's|
|Panorama of the interior of St. George's|
|Looking from the altar along the right-hand wall to the back of the church|
|This is what it looks like without the distortions of the panorama (which I think are kind of cool, for the record)|
|I think this is the raising of Lazarus - the 3D scroll pattern at the bottom is pretty cool too|
One good thing about Reichenau is that each church had its accompanying little visitors' centre, which explain what you will see inside the church as well as the history of the monastery and its activities. Two of these were free, while the main one charged a small fee. I was mostly interested in the main museum because it claimed to display medieval manuscripts from the monastery, but be warned, they turned out to be just facsimiles. Still, there was a lot of interesting information across the three sites, especially laying out the monastery's connections with the rest of Christiandom, including its role as a major artistic centre, sending those manuscripts all over Europe.
|Tomb in the church of St Mary and Mark|
|Facsimile of one of the monastery's manuscripts, showing a remarkably passive piece of dragon-slaying|
If you end up in the area on a rainy day, there are definitely worse things you could do with your time than a trip to Reichenau, although how much you get out of it will largely depend on how much you want to read about medieval times!