Mainau: Blumen Insel (Flower Island)

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Blumen Insel in Mainau, Germany

Mainau is an island in Lake Konstanz in the south of Germany.

It’s famous for its flowers and is affectionately known as Blumen Insel (Flower Island in English).
Seemingly appropriate given the 1 million flowers on the island.  I was curious, could a visit to such a beautiful island inspire me to become a green thumb?  Could I do better than just trying not to kill the flowers on my balcony? Warning, you may want to grab your sunglasses before viewing the rest of this post.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the larger than life flower sculptures:
Flower sculptures at Blumen Insel, Mainau, Germany

Peacock at Blumen Insel, Mainau, Bodensee, Germany

Easter Egg flower sculptures at Blumen Insel, Mainau, Bodensee, Germany

Sadly, I have no idea how to even attempt to replicate any of these even on a smaller scale. Somehow  I don’t think flower sculptures will transfer well onto my balcony.

Smaller future green thumbs will be pleased to learn that  Mainau is not just for adults.  Besides the huge flower sculptures, there’s also a petting zoo, pony rides, a butterfly garden and a large playground.

Despite the family friendly environment, Mainau is also a romantic place for couples and also makes for a good girlfriends getaway.  Mainau was actually the reason my three girlfriends and I choose Lake Konstanz as our travel destination.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Easter Egg flower sculptures at Blumen Insel, Mainau, Bodensee, Germany

Orchids at Blumen Insel, Mainau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Daffodils at Blumen Insel, Mainau, Baden-Württemberg, GermanyMainau also has special exhibits on at certain times of the year.  The Orchid Show is currently running from March 23 to May 6th and showcases 0ver 3000 orchids:
Purple orchids at Blumen Insel, Mainau, Baden-Württemberg, GermanyPerhaps I could start with one orchid?  That would be a start and I could take it from there.

But the real reason we went to Mainau in April?  The tulips of course!

Solid proof that you don’t need to go all the way to Holland for tulips if you’re in Germany.  Although Holland would make another fun girls trip!
Tulips and trees on Blumen Insel, Mainau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Red tulips on Blumen Insel, Mainau, Baden-Württemberg, GermanyDid I become a green thumb after my visit to Mainau?  No,  but I left feeling very relaxed and inspired to plant my three balcony containers with colorful flowers.  Most importantly I left Mainau happy – and that’s more important than becoming a green thumb.

Know Before You Go to Mainau (Blumen Insel)

  • Mainau is an island on Lake Konstanze (the Bodensee in Germany), located 176km SE of Stuttgart in the south of Germany
  • Different flowers are in season at different times of year, check their website under What Flowers When
  • Mainau is open from the end of March to the mid/end of October, check their website for exact dates
  • Season passes are available which are worthwhile after just three visits
  • Mainau is accessible via bike, car, bus or ferry
  • Mainau offers several restaurants, cafes and terraces where you can eat and enjoy the view of Lake Konstanz (the Bodensee)
  • Adult admission is €16.90
  • Affenberg (Monkey Mountain) is located just 20km away
  • Schaffhausen (in Switzerland) is under 60km away and home to the largest waterfalls in Europe
  • For more information visit the Mainau homepage (information is available in both English and German)

This photo has been submitted to Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox and Delicious Baby where you can see more travel photos.

Thank you to Mainau for providing me with a complimentary visit for a friend and I.  As always all opinions expressed are my own.

Comments

  1. Sabrina says

    Oh, die Insel Mainau! I heard so many things about it, yet have never been. The tulips are beautiful.

  2. says

    These photos are gorgeous! I love those flower sculptures too. The tulip pictures look like postcards you usually see from Holland. How lucky for to have visited and enjoyed this wonderful place. It must have smelled heavenly here too.

  3. Laurel says

    @Sabrina – Definitely worth the trip, if I lived closer I would have a seasons pass.

    @Bob – I can understand that, there’s a lot to see in the area, but I would highly recommend Mainau.

    Thanks for your kind words everyone. I just bought my first SLR camera a few weeks ago and the tulips made a perfect practice subject since they don’t move.

  4. says

    A sure sign of spring! I love flowers, especially colorful ones. I go to the tulip festival every year. And surprisingly i Never get tired of it.

  5. says

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Mainau – I’ve been to the Bodensee dozens of times! This is certainly a destination I need to add to my list.

  6. says

    Absolutely gorgeous! I did a language course in Bregenz when I was 15, and we did an excursion to Mainau, I remember. Sadly, I was too young to appreciate the colour and beauty of the island. This makes me want to have another look, through grown-up eyes.

  7. says

    I love visiting flower gardens at any time of the year but after a long winter nothing says spring better than tulips. Very nice Laurel.

  8. says

    Well, it is unlikely there is anything, anywhere that will turn me into a green thumb. All my gardens are in the mountains and God takes care of them. The flowers here are incredibly beautiful and I can only imagine the fragrance. Somewhat reminiscent of Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Thanks for sharing.

  9. says

    It looks absolutely beautiful. I’m off to Germany on the weekend and looking forward to seeing spring in a country I haven’t visited in decades.

  10. says

    This post is awesome! I love how you let the photos speak for themselves – they’re gorgeous! The advice at the end was simple and helpful too. I’ll have to check this place out! Never heard of it before!

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