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Mainau Island is always worth a visit. The 45-hectare island is a great place to explore, with impressive views and sights at every turn, and is a constant source of new surprises. Leave the stress of everyday life behind you on a tour of the flower island with all its diversity. Magnificent flower displays the whole year round add to the experience.
The Mainau flower year traditionally starts with the orchid display in the Palm House in March. Considered one of the most significant of its kind in Europe, it features around 3,000 different orchid varieties in imaginative arrangements. Outdoors, too, the flowering year begins with magnificent spring blossoms. The first snowdrops and winter aconites often appear as early as February, followed by colourful crocuses and of course tulips with their many different unique colours and forms. Some 400 different tulip varieties blossom in the flower beds and on the meadows lining the paths. More than 100,000 tulip bulbs are planted every year in the gardens on the south-facing slopes of the island alone and are part of the colourful ocean of flowers comprising more than one million spring flowers. Soon after, rhododendrons and peonies show their magnificent blossoms.
June, the month of roses, is the next highlight in the Mainau flower year. More than 1,000 varieties of the queen of flowers can be admired along the promenade lined with wild and shrub roses on the island’s southern shoreline and in the Italian rose garden, which was planted in 1871 at the foot of the castle by Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden. Every year, visitors to the island choose the most beautiful of all when they elect the Mainau Queen of Roses. The dahlia display has a long tradition on Mainau Island, heralding the autumn every year from September onwards with an explosion of colours. More than 12,000 dahlias of over 270 varieties unfold into a veritable firework of blossoms and vie for the attention of visitors, who get to choose the Mainau Queen of Dahlias of the year. On a walk through the park with views of the iridescent lake, discover Decorative Dahlias, Pompon Dahlias and Cactus Dahlias, to mention just a few. The arrival of autumn, when the leaves are painted in bright colours, is an ideal time for a stroll through the arboretum, the large collection of trees at the centre of the island with 250 species. This unique arrangement is considered the heart of Mainau island and was also planted by Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden.
His great-grandson, Lennart Bernadotte, a Swedish prince by birth, redesigned the Grand Duke’s former summer residence to create a verdant paradise of plants and flowers and opened it to the public. Since 1974, Mainau Island has been managed as a limited liability company by Countess Bettina Bernadotte and her brother Count Björn Bernadotte. By working in the middle of and with nature, the Bernadottes strive to create a balance between economic, ecological and social aspects, including the use of renewable energy.
Among the highlights in the Mainau calendar are the annual festivals. At the Count’s Island Festival, visitors can “stroll around, shop and enjoy”. Usually in May, international exhibitors present trends and fashion for aficionados of gardening around the castle and in the rose garden, including all kinds of accessories for the house and garden, lifestyle and wellness articles. Children can enjoy the varied programme of entertainment.
This destination is a member of the Verband der Tourismuswirtschaft Bodensee.
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