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Mainau, Konstanz

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Set in Lake Constance, 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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Konstanz holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mainau and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • My wife and I spent two days viewing the flowers and trees on Mainau. The island is beautifully maintained and has spectacular gardens. We toured in Dahlia season and the flowers were incredibly... 
    My wife and I spent two days viewing the flowers and trees on Mainau. The island is beautifully maintained and has spectacular gardens. We toured in Dahlia season and the flowers were incredibly...  more »
  • Take the bus 4/13 or 13/4 from Konstanz Bahnhof or another bus stop on its way (every 20 minutes, and the journey takes 16 min). The place is best to visit in Spring and Summer. I visited in late... 
    Take the bus 4/13 or 13/4 from Konstanz Bahnhof or another bus stop on its way (every 20 minutes, and the journey takes 16 min). The place is best to visit in Spring and Summer. I visited in late...  more »
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  • We as a family have been to this island several times and we never get tired coming to this island. It is such a beautiful and serene place. Every month of spring, summer and autumn has something to offer and a different shades of flowers bloom. March is the time for crocuses and daffodils, April the time of sakura magnolias and tulips, May & June the time of roses, August the time of lotuses & dahlias. It is such a joy to visit the island. The boat ride from Konstanz to Mainau during sunny days is simply mesmerizing. Nowadays you can purchase the entrance ticket online and do a no touch check-in via the QR code. In our latest visit there was this musical instruments along with orchids exhibition which was just wow! There are plenty of restaurants to eat, a play area for the kids, some animals, a pappilonrama and a lot of benches with shades. If you want to bask in the sun, grab a chair in the chinese/japanese garden and be on that chair for 20 minutes. You will feel rejuvenated! If you do come in late March, early April look for that sakura tree near the 100 year old redwood trees. That sakura tree is right from the story books. Sit below its falling petals and contemplate the ephemeral nature of this life. Live it and enjoy!
  • OVER PRICED - TOO MUCH HYPE - NEVER A MUST SEE SPOT. Just reached home after a disappointing visit to 'Insel Mainau'. €26 for a very average "botanical" garden. Simply looting the money hyping this spot as a must see in the locality. A visit could be recommendable if entry costed €10 or €15. That is our "rating" for the spot. An additional €6 was needed for the parking. So we, as a group of 4 couples had to spent €110 for a very basic attraction. So NEVER a MUST SEE per our experience. (Keukenhof garden in Amsterdam visit cost €20 -OR- Munich Botanical garden just costs just €5) Kids can enjoy a bit as there are some interesting options for them like 'Kinderland', Pony area, animal feeding area etc. The garden was really disappointing with the "quality" of flowers and maintenance. Some guest-house gardeners in and around the area had better knowledge on how to maintain gardens. The attitude of the staff was very disappointing. Specially the person at that time who was standing at the ticket check area. I asked for a map which was next to him in hundred's - And he simply said "I CANNOT GET ONE". His face felt (for me) like I asked him to give me his salary for that month! Mainau Island is recommendable only if you have no other plans to kill your time. Still, if you plan to visit - better take a ticket online which can be available at €23 and will help you skip the ticket counter queue (ticket counter only accepted cash on our day of visit - unbelievable in 2022). And better plan a complete day at the place to comfortably walk through the whole area.

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