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.
Click here to find out what is in bloom and what’s on in terms of exhibitions, flower shows, and upcoming events. A good time to visit may be from May to June when over 200 kinds of Rhododendrons and Azaleas are in full bloom. From September to October jaws will drop when you view the spectacular display of approximately 20,000 dahlia bushes and 250 varieties gleam.
The 2nd largest (1,000 square meters) butterfly house in Germany is on Mainau island, with the most colorful butterflies to feast your eyes on. The butterfly house is open all year round.
This three-winged baroque palace dates back to 1739. Look out for the 15 meters Canadian date-tree which was planted in 1888. Another 19 different palm tree species are growing here.
If you see the flag raised at the castle, it means the comital family is in residence. They occupy the northern wing of the castle which is private and not accessible to the public.
The kids can enjoy themselves over 1,100 square meters of sheer fun, floating around or cross the lake with a wooden ferry or rafts. The 60 cm deep Wasserwelt (water world in English) pool has its own island in the middle and is filled with 170 cubic meters of water.
The palace chapel’s organ (in late classicistic style) dates to 1860.