The Flower Island of Mainau
Excursion from Switzerland to Germany
Tour Price : Will agreed Duration : 5 hours Languages: English, German, French
The flower island of Count Bernadotte: Lake Constance's Swedish king It took a Swedish prince to transform Mainau into the floral paradise that we see today. In 1932, Count Lennart Bernadotte began to devote his passion for horticulture to this Lake Constance island.
The parks and gardens are today managed by his children. Mainau Island – a baroque palace, a palm house, orchids and more.
The Flower Island of Mainau in Lake Constance may only cover 45 hectares of land, but it is home to an extraordinary diversity of trees, flowers and shrubs. Excursion in Bern. Its other attractions include a 13th century baroque palace, a palm house and the biggest butterfly house in Germany.
Mainau Island lies just off the shores of Lake Constance in Baden-Württemberg in the far south-west of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. With more than a million visitors every year, it has become a major attraction in this trilateral border region.
Its mere 45 hectares are home to an extraordinary diversity of flowers, trees and shrubs. Among the particular treasures are rare and often very old trees, for example the Viktoria lime, planted by the grand duke in 1862 to mark the birth of his daughter, or the bizarrely knotted pagoda tree, also around 150 years old. Many mighty oaks and proud cedars provide the park with a graceful silhouette. Another typical feature of Mainau is its wealth of plants in pots and tubs and its impressive collection of citrus fruit.
The marvellous baroque palace can be seen from afar high above the treeline. Restored under Count Bernadotte, it dates back to the Teutonic Order of Knights, who owned the island for almost 500 years from the 13th century. Firm favourites with the public include the palm house, with its collection of 1,200 orchids, and the largest butterfly house in Germany, which contains 1,000 examples of exotic species. Tour with private guide in Bern. Other attractions on Mainau island include the palace church of St. Mary, a gem of the south-German baroque, and the Italian rose garden, laid out in 1871 for Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden. From June to August around 9,000 roses of nearly 400 varieties blossom into flower here.
The Lake Constance region offers a range of cycle routes and walking trails, and the Friedrichshafen Zeppelin Museum features a partial replica of the Hindenburg measuring 33 metres in length that you can actually walk around. Another option is Meersburg Castle from the 7th century – the oldest castle in Germany.
|Tour Price: Will agreed|
|Duration: 5 hours|
|Languages: English, German, French|
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|This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :||NO|
|Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :||NO|
|Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :||NO|