Secret places with historical flair in Germany
  • Mainau – flower island in Lake Constance

    Insel Mainau, 78465

    How to Get There?


      The nearest railway station is Konstanz (Constance). From here take the bus no. 4 direction 'Wallhausen/Hafen, Konstanz' and exit at 'Mainau'. The journey lasts about 15 minutes.

      DB BAHN

      Mainau is an island in Lake Constance (Bodensee) and reachable via the federal highway B 33. A pedestrian bridge leads you directly from the parking lot onto the island (parking fee 4 Euro, stand 2014).

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 47.705273
      LONGTITUDE: 9.195725



      From Konstanz station take the bus no. 4 direction 'Wallhausen/Hafen, Konstanz' and exit at 'Mainau'.

      Nearest station


      You can either travel by boat to Mainau’s harbour (Mainau Hafen).

    Why Go There?

    Year round open daily from sunrise to sunset

    A trip to Mainau, is a great romantic adventure: Flowers, as far as the eye can see. For good reason, Mainau is a popular wedding island, every year around 100 couples get married.

    Mainau is an island in Lake Constance (also called "Flower Island Mainau"). The island is owned by the Swedish born noble family Bernadotte. It is maintained as a garden island and one of the main tourist attractions of Lake Constance (Bodensee). A special highlight is a greenhouse with tropical climate and thousands of butterflies. Depending on the season, 700 to 1000 colorful butterflies fly free between the visitors through the tropical landscape. The butterfly house is the the largest of its kind in Germany (area of about 1000 square meters).

    In spring and summer, Mainau looks like a giant flower carpet. By the end of March to mid-May bloom tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, pansies, forget-me-not and primroses.

    The Italian Rose Garden includes about 500 rose varieties – the "flower of love". About 30,000 rose plants can be found all over the island.

    On the Mainau, there is also a peacock enclosure, a petting zoo with goats and ponies, as well as several dining options.

    Particularly impressive are the historic buildings: Schloss Mainau (Mainau Castle), Schlosskirche St. Marien (Castle Church St. Marien) or the Gärtnerturm (gardener tower).

    Due to its location, Mainau is a perfect place for couples, who want to spend a romantic stay. Enjoy the mild climate of the Lake Constance – irrespective of the season. Have fun!

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Insel Mainau, 78465, Insel Mainau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    Things to do close by!


    For those who would like to get a kick, the 'Erlebniswald Mainau' (experience forest) is a hot tip. It is a combination of a high rope garden (Hochseilgarten), a climbing forest (Kletterwald) and a canopy walkway – in a form that is unique in Europe. The climbing forest is open from mid-April to the end of October daily from 09:00 am to 08:00 pm. Starting point is the large parking place Mainau. From there it's only a short stroll.

    River cruise

    The small harbour with landing, where the excursion boats dock, is located on the north side of the island. Discover the Lake Constance by boat – it is an unforgettable experience.


    On the island, concerts and exhibitions are hosted regularly. A special highlight is the 'Konstanzer Seenachtfest' (Lake Night Festival Constance) on the second weekend in August. Highlight is the spectacular lake fireworks – one of the largest in Europe.

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