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"I am planning to visit this Mainau Island on the 6th of March. Are the flowers blooming by that time ? Thanks and regards, Leslie" (posted 01/15/2016)

Hi Leslie, in March are yet to see much flowering plants, because the winter comes to an end precisely. The island is but still worth a visit, as there is much to see in every season in the covered areas, such as the Butterfly and the Palm House and from mid-March an orchid show. Some spring flowers begin to bloom from mid-March. I hope I have helped you so. Kind regards from Lake Constance Bernd Kunkel
Answer provided by Bernd Kunkel on 01/15/2016
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Hi, this is dependent on the general weather conditions. If it is relatively warm, blooming at this time in any case, the Crocuses and a few early daffodils. However, the main flowering should only use from mid-March. But the Mainau also has other attractions to offer wi the Palm House and the Butterfly House. On the page you will find a comprehensive overview www.Mainau.de. Greetings from Konstanz Dieter Stadelhofer
Answer provided by Dieter Stadelhofer on 01/16/2016
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Dear Leslie, probably bloom at this time only a few flowers. But the beautiful island is always worth a visit. Best regards, Birgit. Information: www.mainau.de
Answer provided by Rosemarie Keller on 01/15/2016
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Possibly blooming crocuses and daffodils. Depending on the weather, this is bad but expected to say.
Answer provided by Hua Zhang on 01/15/2016
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Mainau Overview

Mainau is an island in Lake Constance (on the south shore of the Überlinger See near the city of Konstanz (Konstanz vacation rentals | Konstanz travel guide), Baden-Württemberg, Germany). It is maintained as a garden island and a model of excellent environmental practices. Administratively, the island has been a part of Konstanz since December 1, 1971, when the municipality of Litzelstetten, of which Mainau was part, was incorporated into Konstanz. Mainau is still part of Litzelstetten, now one of 15 wards (administrative subdivisions) of Konstanz.

The island belongs to the Lennart Bernadotte-Stiftung, an entity created by the late Lennart, Count Bernadotte af Wisborg, formerly a Prince of Sweden and Duke of Småland. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Lake Constance. Beside flowers there is a park landscape with views on the lake. There is also a greenhouse with tropical climate and thousands of butterflies. Mainau Bay is the location of the university sailing club; their many small sailboats add to the summer scenery.

Things to See in Mainau

Mainau is a flowering island notable for its parks and gardens. Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden, created the island's arboretum, which now contains 500 species of deciduous and coniferous trees, many exotic and valuable, including fine specimens of Sequoiadendron giganteum (1864) and Metasequoia glyptostroboides (1952). The island also contains about 200 rhododendron and azalea varieties.

The Italian Rose Garden laid out geometrically with pergolas, sculptures, and fountains, and includes some 500 rose varieties. The Mediterranean terraces contain exotic pot plants, including palm trees, agaves, cacti, and Bougainvillea. The island as a whole contains about 30,000 rose bushes representing 1,200 varieties, and about 20,000 dahlias of 250 varieties.

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More about the History of Mainau

Until the Napoleonic mediatisations and secularisations of small German fiefs this island belonged to the Order of Teutonic Knights. It was later sold into private ownership. In 1853 Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden purchased the island as his personal property and built a summer palace there. At the end of World War I Baden became a republic with the abdication of Grand Duke Frederick II, son of Frederick I. The former Grand Duke retained his private property including Mainau. When he died childless in 1928 the island passed to his sister Victoria of Baden, wife of King Gustaf V of Sweden. Upon her death two years later she bequeathed the island to her second son Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland and his descendants. In 1932 Prince Wilhem gave Mainau to his only child Count Lennart Bernadotte who owned it until 1974 when he transferred the island to a foundation. Count Bernadotte formed Enterprise Mainau GmbH in 1991 as a private enterprise to manage the island for the benefit of the Lennart Bernadotte-Stiftung. The Count remained active in managing Mainau until his death in 2004 but appointed his second wife Sonja co-manager in 2001. Today Lennart's widow Sonja Countess Bernadotte af Wisborg and his children run both the foundation and the management company

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Mainau is an island in Lake Constance (on the south shore of the Überlinger See near the city of Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany). It is maintained as a garden island and a model of excellent environmental practices. Administratively, the island has been a part of Konstanz since December 1, 1971, when the municipality of Litzelstetten, of which Mainau was part, was incorporated into Konstanz. Mainau is still part of Litzelstetten, now one of 15 wards (administrative subdivisions) of Konstanz.

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