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Isle of Mainau, Baden-Wurttemberg
(4.4/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Set in Lake Constance, Isle of Mainau overflows with parks and historic sites. You can visit the Baroque Castle of the Teutonic Order, designed in 1739, and home to the noble family who oversees the care of the island. The many parks and gardens include a butterfly house and a grand arboretum with more than 500 species of trees alone. An extensive collection of rare and exotic plants, like orchids and tulips, give the area its tropical appearance. Restaurants serve German and Swedish specialties. Work out when and for how long to visit Isle of Mainau and other Mainau attractions using our handy Mainau vacation trip planner.
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  • We caught Bus 413 from Konstanz station to Mainau Island and spent a full sunny afternoon in late September delighting in the beautiful gardens and surrounds. Lots of room for children to play and gre...  more »
  • Very beautiful place, lots of greenery, lots of color areas for children and the most interesting thing about it is the greenhouse with butterflies.
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  • A must see stop if you are in the area and even if you are not. No cars here, so great for kids to run around. Get a map so you know where you are going, even though the island is well marked. Make su...  more »
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  • What a beautiful place. Has plants from all over the world and a fabulous Butterfly Garden. Visited in late April 2016
  • Spectacular place to wander and explore the gardens. There were less flowers than I expect expected, but that would vary according to the season. We arrived at the island by boat from Meersburg, and this added to the overall experience.
  • Love these botanical gardens. So much to see and do and the perfect day out. Well organised, with a great kids playground and stunning floral displays it's wonderful to explore. The butterfly house is a huge hit with our toddler and the rose garden and excellent on site bakery offered a lovely bit of respite. We'll definitely be back.
  • Beautiful, albeit pretty expensive, great for a cozy sightseeing and nature spotting. Be sure to take the ferry across the lake, it's a fantastic experience
  • Great place to visit if you want something to do for the day. Great for photographers.