The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

Tulips on the Flower Island of Mainau

The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

Tulips on the Flower Island of Mainau

One of the most popular attractions for flower and garden lovers in Zurich is a visit to Mainau Island over the border in Germany. Known as “The Flower Island and located about an hour away from Zurich, this popular tourist attraction is situated on Lake Constance, or “the Bodensee”.  

the Flower Island of Mainau

 the Flower Island of Mainau

Tulips on the Flower Island of Mainau

Just 5 km from Konstanz, Mainau’s 111 acres of gardens and landscaped grounds attract over a million visitors each year. The island benefits from a semitropical climate which in the early 19th Century inspired Prince Nikolaus von Esterházy to create a botanical garden. 

Spring Blossom at The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

Tulips at The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

Over  the years the beautiful gardens have been enlarged to include an arboretum, an Italian rose garden, special exhibitions, a children’s area, a castle, a baroque chapel, as well as a number of restaurants. It also boasts the largest butterfly house in Germany.

Butterflies at The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

Butterflies at The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

In Spring the island is famous for its Tulips which are in season shortly after the Orchids in the Palm House. The Tulips last approximately from March till May. Carmen visited with her camera to capture these great shots of the wonderful flowers.

The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

Tulips at The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

After the Tulips, it’s time for the Rhododendrons and then the roses (as well as thousands of other flowers) in Summer, and finally the Dahlias in September. Whenever you go there is plenty to see – so why not plan your own trip to the “Island of Flowers”?

Tulips at The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

The Flower Island of Mainau Germany

Getting There

You can either drive to Mainau or go by train and bus from Zurich.

By Car: Drive to Konstanz and then follow the road signs to “Insel Mainau”. You will find a large car park on the mainland.

By Public Transport: Take the train to Konstanz, and then change onto the bus for Mainau.

Google Map of Island of Mainau just off Konstanz

The Flower Island of Mainau

Address: Insel Mainau, Mainaustrasse 1, 78465 Insel Mainau

Tel: +49 (0) 7531 303-0

There are different prices for visits in the Summer and Winter Season – see the website below for details.

Visit the Mainau Island website here.

Tip: If you love gardens and flowers do allow several hours to get the most out of your visit.

All photos by Carmen Sirboiu

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