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Trip to Mainau Island.

Planning a trip to Mainau Island? You’re in for a treat! Known as the “Flower Island,” Mainau Island is a botanical paradise nestled on Lake Constance in Germany. Whether you’re a flower enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a serene escape, this island offers an unforgettable experience.

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Trip to Mainau Island.

Spend one full day in Mainau Island

Mainau Island is an ideal 1-day trip, surrounded by the most beautiful flower displays in the 45 hectares of gardens, dining, and shopping. You will be wrapped up in the beauty of nature and history.

Trip to Mainau Island.

What to expect

Mainau Island is home to a baroque palace, rare plant collections, a popular butterfly house, and restaurants. The Arboretum has 500 different types of rare and valuable broad-leaved trees and conifers, which was created in 1856 by grand duke Friedrich I.

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The Best Time To Visit Mainau Island

Mainau Island offers a feast for the senses during these months, making it an excellent destination for nature enthusiasts and anyone looking to experience the beauty of flowers in full bloom.

May to June: This period is a fantastic time to visit because the rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom. Imagine strolling through gardens filled with vibrant colors and sweet fragrances. Over 200 kinds of these flowers create a breathtaking and immersive experience. You can walk along paths lined with these blossoms, their colors ranging from deep purples and reds to bright pinks and whites. The sight and scent are truly enchanting.

September to October: This is another brilliant time to visit, especially if you love dahlias. The island showcases around 20,000 dahlia bushes with approximately 250 different varieties. The display is simply spectacular. The dahlias come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, making the garden look like a painter’s palette. It’s a jaw-dropping scene, perfect for leisurely walks and photography.

Trip to Mainau Island.

Butterfly House

The Butterfly House, known as "Schmetterlingshaus," is one of the largest in Germany. It offers a magical experience, where you can walk among hundreds of free-flying butterflies from all over the world. (Coming up: More about the inside of the Butterfly House...)

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The Deutschordenschloss, or Teutonic Order Castle is a striking architectural gem on the island, reflecting the grandeur of its time. This three-winged baroque palace indeed dates back to 1739. (Coming up: More about visiting the Deutschordenschloss...)

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Mainau Kinderland - Insel Mainau

Mainau Kinderland has a wide range of activities and play areas for children, with Wasserwelt being one of its special features dedicated to interactive water activities. Don't miss Wasserwelt - the kids will love it!

Inside the Butterfly House...

The tropical environment inside the Butterfly House is carefully maintained to ensure the butterflies thrive. You’ll find yourself surrounded by lush greenery, exotic plants, and vibrant flowers. The humidity and warmth create an ideal habitat for the butterflies, making it feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical paradise.

As you wander through the Butterfly House, you’ll see butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s a peaceful and enchanting experience, perfect for all ages. Watching the butterflies flutter around, landing on flowers, or even on you, adds a touch of magic to your visit to Mainau Island.

The palace has a fascinating history and is surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens.

Canadian Date-Tree: One of the notable features in the palace grounds is the Canadian date-tree, which was planted in 1888. This impressive tree stands 15 meters tall and is a unique highlight among the diverse flora on the island.

Palm Trees: The palace gardens are home to 19 different species of palm trees. This variety adds to the exotic and lush atmosphere of the gardens, making it a delightful spot for leisurely walks and botanical exploration.

Comital Family Residency: If you see the flag raised at the castle, it signifies that the comital family is in residence. The family occupies the northern wing of the palace, which remains private and is not accessible to the public. This tradition adds a touch of historical authenticity to the visit, giving you a sense of the living history of the place.

Schlosskirche: The palace chapel’s organ (in late classicistic style) dates to 1860.

Visiting the Deutschordenschloss is like stepping back in time, surrounded by the beauty of its architecture and the lushness of its gardens. It’s a must-see when exploring Mainau Island.

André Rieu Concerts

André Rieu held many concerts on the flower island. We present to you You Rise Me Up as you’ve never seen it before.

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