Across all national borders, the four-country region of Lake Constance is characterised by churches and monasteries. These were centres of knowledge, culture and power, not only because of their economic power, but above all because of their spiritual and cultural values.
The "KLOSTERERLEBNISTAGE BODENSEE" focus on the diversity of monastic life. Visitors experience former and active monasteries up close, "Living History" as well as modern, lived spirituality. The offer ranges from guided tours on cultural history, inspiring talks and impulse lectures to eventful overnight stays in the monastery and participation in monastic life. Concerts and prayers as well as culinary delights during wild herb walks or wine tastings also invite you to an exciting journey into the world of monasteries. In total, more than 20 monastery sites in the entire four-country region open their doors and offer unusual and always personal insights.
UNESCO World Heritage & Monastery History
Monks, nuns and monasteries were the source of inspiration: with their special way of doing business and living, clergymen and their houses of prayer created a unique cultural landscape from the early Middle Ages onwards, including numerous new ideas. The flourishing of science, the revival of writing, the development of agriculture and many other aspects brought economic and cultural upswing far beyond the region. And the monasteries of the Lake Constance region are still very important today: the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of St. Gall and Reichenau Island as well as the monasteries of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route are cultural and historical visitor magnets. Active, but also former monasteries are places of lived spirituality and signposts in the search for meaning.
The interactive "Klostererlebnistage Bodensee" (Lake Constance Monastery Experience Days) show how extraordinarily the landscape, architecture and spirituality in the four-country region are interlinked. A total of 24 historically significant monasteries and monastic sites worth seeing invite visitors, including Constance as the Alemannic episcopal metropolis of St. Conrad, the World Heritage Sites of Reichenau and St. Gallen, Salem Monastery and Castle, the Galli Campus, Ittingen Charterhouse and numerous monasteries on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.
The "Lake Constance Monastery Experience Days" are initiated by the project community "Inspiration Lake Constance: Churches, Monasteries, World Culture in the Four-Country Region", an association of tour operators, cultural workers and representatives of the churches. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Further information on the funding programme is available at www.interreg.org.
last date: october 6-9, 2022