Mainau Travel Guide

  • Mainau
    by Petruta
  • Mainau
    by Petruta
  • Mainau
    by Petruta

Mainau Highlights

  • Pro
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    codrutz says…

     Flowers heaven, lake views, park, butterflies 

  • Con
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     On sunny days and especially on summer week ends often crowded 

  • In a nutshell
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    lifeisatrip says…

     It's a place where one can reconnect with nature- water, trees, birds, animals, etc. 

Mainau Things to Do

  • Swedish tower

    At the south-west side of the crest of the island, quite near the botanical wine trail and the arboretum, is the Swedish Tower. In the old days it probably served as a watchtower for the castle towards the mainland. The date 1558, above the entrance door, tells us something about its period of origin, as well as the arms of the Teutonic Order and...

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  • Archway House

    The Archway House is located at the entrance of the castle area. It was presumably built by Franz Anton Bagnato, the son of the castle architect. The date 1764 and the coat of arms of the country commander Count Königsegg indicate that. The classical annex goes back to the 19th century. In the old days the moat ran directly along the building....

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  • Castle of the Teutonic Order

    The Castle of the Teutonic Order was built between 1739 and 1746 according to the plans and under the supervision of Johann Caspar Bagnato. In spite of limited resources, a highly balanced, symmetrical castle construction of great harmony was created. The arms of the two side wings open to the mainland in the shape of a horseshoe, while the broad...

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  • Castle Church St. Marien

    Together with the castle, the Church St. Marien forms a unique baroque ensemble which ranks among the most splendid historical places of interest of Lake Constance. Inside the church you find a solemn yet cheerful world of sculptures, frescos and stucco. No wonder the castle church provides an atmospheric setting for weddings and for church and...

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  • Gardener´s Tower

    The Gardener´s Tower, also called Peel Tower, recounts the Mainau history of the Middle Ages and the 19th century. In co-operation with the Bodenseestiftung (Lake Constance Foundation) the Mainau has etablished a modern information centre. Impressive: the multivision with amazing pictures of the scenery of Lake Constance and its outlook for the...

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  • House of Butterflies

    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!!!!

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  • Floral Fiesta

    Everywhere you look, flowers. Beautiful flowers... Tulips, roses, daffodils, lilies, and many others with names I do not know, but well worth mentioning.

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  • Bodensee

    The Flower Island is located in the Lake Bodensee. Lake is very clean, and I was craving to go and take a swim in it. However, I think that would be illegal. Ducks everywhere, docks, nice pathway along the coast... really a place to relax and forget all your worries....

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  • Butterfly House

    While on the island, be sure to stop in and see the Butterfly House. It's a large greenhouse with all sorts of (I think) tropical plants and flowers. But best of all, there are hundreds of beautiful butterflies flying around. Put out your hands and some of the butterflies will even land on your fingers.

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  • Mainau Island Park

    These are pleasant gardens to stroll through. There are excellent views of Bodensee (Lake Constance). Admission is €11.90 for adults and €3.90 for children aged 6 to 15. It is open every day from 07:00 to 20:00.There are the flowers to see, a "Children's Land", and a toddler's playground called "Zwergendorf". There are restaurants on site.

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  • The duck (flowers)

    Right after entering the island (after paying the ticket), you have the first opportunity to take some pictures with the big ducks made from flowers, or the big five meter high flower, made also from flowers, or the big pea-cock withe a great tail made also from flowers.

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  • Bridge to Mainau

    From Konstanz one can take the bus to the Mainau Island, the bus leave you at few meters from the bridge that you will cross to enter the world of flowers. This is a narrow bridge, giving you views of the Lake Constance and the Mainau Island.

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  • No trouble on the lake

    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.

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  • Have a tour around.....

    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!

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  • Flower Island Mainau: Tulips, Roses,...

    Located as a small island within the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) is the beautiful flower Island of Maina (Blumeninsel Mainau).It is a small island you can easily surround by foot in one hour, allthough only about half of the island is publically accessible. The Webpage of the Island is just great, including all the information you need.Here an...

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  • Mainau Castle

    This is not your typical castle. For one thing, the family of Count Bernadotte lives there, which means it's not jus a museum but an actual vacation home. Guests are also welcome to visit exhibitions, the castle café and other events. In June/July they have classical concerts, in December a Christmas tree, and sometimes welcome important guests.

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  • the Palm House

    From spring to autumn the palm house is standing here, architecturally interesting and an oasis in the cold time of year. More than 20 different sorts of palm trees and a valuable collection of exotic plants can be seen here. Among them a Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis), more than 15 meters high, which was planted in 1888. It offers...

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  • Rose Garden

    This was definitely my favorite part of the island because I love roses. They extend from the castle terrace over the curved staircase to the Italian garden. The strictly geometrical garden with pergolas, sculptures and fountains is mainly devoted to the nobler sorts of roses of both older and new cultivation. Floribunda and polyantha roses give...

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  • Arena of fountains

    During the warm season a lot of tropical plants line the way to the arena of fountains: a White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) and the Trumpet Vine (Campsis grandiflora), a climbing small wood which from July on shows its beautiful orange blossoms. A nice artistic touch is created by the bronze sculpture of a bird which was given as a...

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  • Arboretum

    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...

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  • Butterfly House

    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...

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  • Bauernhof - Insel Mainau

    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!!!

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  • The Palmhouse - Insel Mainau

    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!

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  • St. Marien Schloßkirche - Insel Mainau

    I would love to get married here!!! ;) And I would have a great party next door in the palmhouse!!!!

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  • Barockschloß - Insel Mainau

    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 :)

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  • House of Butterflies - Insel Mainau

    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!

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  • Mainau Island

    Mainau Island

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Mainau Restaurants

  • Castle Cafe

    Use this place for your sweet tooth. Lots of good cakes, tortes, and other confectionaries. There are tables both on the patio and in the castle.

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  • Butterfly Bistro

    This is more like a snack stand and is located inside the Butterfly building. You can get some street-vendor quality food and other munchies. It's enough to hold you over until you can stop for a "real" meal and it's location is convienent.

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  • Comturey Cellar

    A little more upscale than most, but the atmosphere is nice. Business hours: From October 24th 2004 to January 6th 2005: Every Sun- and public holiday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.From November 18th to December 18th 2004: Swedish Christmas Dinner. Thursday to Saturday, from 6.30 p.m.In the Mainau Autumn and Winter (October 25th to mid-March...

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Mainau Favorites

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    by Petruta Written Aug 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Its very easy made and confortable if you have your dog with you in your jorney.
    From the entrance you will find free plastic bags to keep clean after your dog and, around the park, there will be special places from where your dog can drink water.

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