The arboretum was founded by the Grand Duke Friedrich I. Due to his special liking for rare woody plants from all over the world the first exotic trees arrived on the Mainau shortly after he had acquired the island in 1853. Today the tree collection of the Mainau consists of more than 500 different kinds of deciduous trees and conifers. It makes the Mainau a exceptional park experience – at any time of the season. The park invites you to promenade, stay for a while and to study. Welcome under huge Giant sequoias, Atlas cedars and cedars of Lebanon, Redwood and Tulip Trees – to name only some of the most famous.
We especially liked this area because it gave us a place to sit down, write in our journals, eat our ice cream, and people watch under the shade.
Mainau has Gernmany's largest butterfly house. It's a beautiful, tropical preserve that houses more than 25 types of butterflies. It's an extraordinarily peaceful place. In display cases you can watch them emerge from their cocoons and in the rest of the area they are free to inhabit as they like. Don't miss the Butterfly Bistro either, if you're craving a snack.
A special place on the island of Mainau is the wonderful butterfly paradise. It´s a tropical hall with many plants and huge butterflies are flying around your head. Sometimes they get so close that you are frightened for a second!
Place where thousands of butterflies fly freely around you, sometimes they even get on your head or shoulder... however, hurting or hunting them is forbidden!!!!
Everywhere you look, flowers. Beautiful flowers... Tulips, roses, daffodils, lilies, and many others with names I do not know, but well worth mentioning.
What a life. All the time in the world. To stay still is a real exhibit of luxury to me. To stay still on a lake in a boat is pure arrogance :) No really, great stuff.
Take time and discover the island. You will not only enjoy just gazing at those beatiful flowers and plants. The view of Lake Constance could fascinate you too. Worth visiting!
I really liked this swedish style farm with some cute animals.. I think your kids will love this part..... it´s near the playground at the entrance of the island!!!
When I have been there there was a marriage in the evening and all the tables were decorated so lovely!!!! Wonderful!
The architecture is quite different to all the other buildings on this island!
I would love to get married here!!! ;) And I would have a great party next door in the palmhouse!!!!
This barcock castle is the home of count Lennart Bernadotte and his family... His wife is managing the island....I wouldn´t mind living here :)