Vue aérienne de l'île de Werd avec le petit complexe monastique à partir de 2013 © Amt für Archäologie Thurgau

  Eschenz  |     Insel Werd

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Werd Island, located in the outflow of lake Untersee into the Rhine holds a series of pile-dwelling settlements, which since the 19th century have been the subject of archaeological research regularly. Larger-scale investigations in the center of the island between 1931 and 1935 produced layers from the Pfyn, Horgen and Corded Ware Cultures. After an interruption of several centuries, caused by the flooding of the Werd Island, further settlements were built in the late Bronze Age.

Néolithique / Age du Bronze

3900 - 2600 avant J-C. / 1000 - 850 avant J-C

Lac de Constance - "Untersee"

397 m

Taille du site 2,8 ha / environ 4 terrains de foot

Taille du zone tampon 44,08 ha / environ 62 terrains de foot

Particularités & points forts
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The (pre)historical importance of the area around the Lake Constance outflow is evidenced by the numerous archaeological sites from the late Ice Age to the day before yesterday. In addition to the waterway, various Rhine crossings, including a bridge over Werd Island in Roman times, are of geographical importance for transport.

L'archéologue cantonal Karl Keller-Tarnuzzer et son équipe lors des fouilles 1931-35 © Amt für Archäologie Thurgau

Activités en cours
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The preservation of the site is monitored by the office Amt für Archäologie.

Découvrir les palafittes
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Werd Island with its small monastery and the Otmarskapelle chapel nowadays is connected to the mainland by a bridge. In a show case in the refectory, some pile-dwelling finds can be inspected. On site you can find signs about the archaeological sites.Selected finds can be visited at the Cantonal Museum of Archaeology in Frauenfeld and the museum of Eschenz.

Museum für Archäologie Frauenfeld
Freie Strasse 24
8510 Frauenfeld

Opening hours:
Tue–Fri 2–5 pm
Sat & Sun 1–5 pm

Museum Eschenz
Unterdorfstrasse 14
8264 Eschenz
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Opening hours
May to october, 4th sunday in a month