Saint Othmar Chapel

Eschenz, Switzerland

Saint Othmar, the first abbot of the Abbey of St. Gall was sent into exile to Werd in 759. He died on Werd on 16 November of that year. The St. Othmar chapel on the island was erected in his memory in the 15th century. It belongs to the Catholic parish of Eschenz.

The island is owned by the Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey. It is, however, leased by the Franciscans; they live in a house attached to the chapel.

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Werd, Eschenz, Switzerland
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Jeanne Uhlmann (9 months ago)
The island is a place of silence. A service is held in the chapel several times a day. It has a few benches to enjoy the view of the Rhine. Toilets available.
Judit S (2 years ago)
The pilgrimage chapel can be reached on foot via a wooden bridge. There are free parking spaces for around 12 cars in front of the bridge, otherwise there are also some parking spaces in Eschenz. I have been to the town of Stein am Rhein many times, but have never visited the island before. I would warmly recommend it. What is particularly touching on the island is the tactile peace. In the middle of nature you can observe the town of Stein am Rhein and the beautiful nature reserve on the Rhine with hundreds of birds from a distance. The Franciscan monastery, which was built on the island, has been beautifully renovated. There are some benches around the island where you can sit down.
A Winter (2 years ago)
Truly a place of silence when no cyclists are overrunning the island. Now in early autumn, the Rhine water level is still very low.
Michael Stock (2 years ago)
Great contrast program after a busy visit to Stein am Rhein. The chapel is located on an island in the Rhine and is accessed from the Swiss side via a long wooden bridge. The island is a place of silence and should be used as such.
Jhos Konrero (4 years ago)
Chapel history. Saint Othmar, the first abbot of the Abbey of St. Gall was sent into exile to Werd in 759. He died on Werd on 16 November of that year. The St. Othmar chapel on the island was erected in his memory in the 15th Century. It belongs to the Catholic parish of Eschenz. The island is owned by the Benedictine Einsiedeln Abbey. It is, however, leased by the Franciscans; they live in a house attached to the chapel.
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