Events

Upcoming Events

Planning to visit Mainau Island soon? See fabulous exhibitions and other events occuring during the year.

Spring

Spring Exhibition “Spring’s Awakening” | 2 March to 1 May 2018
The Spring sales exhibition at Mainau Castle is the traditional opening event for the Mainau Flower Year and invites visitors into rooms with colourful displays. Visitors enjoy looking around, lingering and drawing inspiration from the many attractive home accessories and decorations, both small and large. This year is no exception and the Mainau exhibition team has put together many accessories and ideas for you for the upcoming Spring and Easter celebrations.

Orchid Show | 16 March to 6 May 2018
Join us to celebrate the tropical plants and animals of Central Africa at Mainau Island’s Orchid Show. From Friday 16 March to Sunday 6 May 2018 the Palm House on Flower Island Mainau morphs into a tropical jungle landscape and will host the annual Orchid Show with over 3,000 exotic beauties in their amazing variety of shapes and colours. Discover the vibrant colours of Phaleonopsis, Vanda and Cattleya orchids as well as botanic rarities artistically arranged by our gardeners.

This years’ focus is on African orchids and the largest genus of the orchid family: Bulbophyllum. A photographic exhibition of animal photography by Christian Ziegler, focussing on Bonobos, will be on show, too. The 45 hectar Mainau Island lies just off the shores of Lake Constance the far south-west of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. With more than a million visitors every year, it is one of the major attractions in that area. Since 1973, the Orchid Show is the prelude to Mainau Island’s blooming highlights in the park.

Tulips and Spring Flowers | From End of March to the beginning of May
Mainau gardeners plant almost 400 different types of tulips in the flowerbeds and meadows each year. The long carpet of tulips growing along the Spring Avenue is truly a magnificent sight. Enjoy thousands of tulips in the meadow on Mainau Island’s southern flank.

The Count’s Island Festival | 31 May to 3 June 2018
The ethos of the 16th Count’s Island Festival is again all about “strolling, shopping and enjoyment.” More than 70 national and international exhibitors offer everything you can imagine on the theme of “trends and life style for the garden lover”. As well as enjoying the varied programme of events, you can obtain tips and suggestions for your own garden or balcony from the Mainau gardening experts.

Summer

Rose Blossoms and voting for the Mainau Queen of Roses | June to September
During the rose month of June, more than 1.000 varieties of the Queen of Flowers bloom along the Wild and Bush Rose Promenade and in the Italian Rose Garden which was laid by Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden at the foot of the castle in 1871. Vote from 8th June to 1st July for your favourite to be crowned the Mainau Queen of Roses.

Midsummer Festival | 23 June 2018
The Bernadotte family has their roots in Sweden. Experience the traditional Swedish Midsummer Festival! As you enjoy the typical music and dance of Sweden and its delicacies on the forecourt of the Rothaus lakeside terraces directly on the lake, you can sense the merriment and zest for life for which our neighbours from the far North are renowned.

Mainau Sounds | 1 July 2018
With this event Mainau park gardens are again the venue for a gathering of groups of school children playing music and of ensembles of amateur musicians from Baden-Württemberg, Switzerland and Austria. Around 600 participants will turn the island at the beginning of July into a colourful musical display

Autumn

Mainau Apple Day | 22 September 2018
Enjoy a fun day with the whole family and learn new things about about this popular fruit of Lake Constance Region. Kids can have a go at being fruit detectives, making apple chips, peeling apples with a machine and pressing apple juice. The chefs at the Rothaus Seeterrassen restaurant serve up dishes like sauerkraut with apples, pumpkin apple soup, apple fritters and of course freshly baked apple cake.

Dahlia Blossoms | End of August to October
Over 12,000 dahlias in more than 270 different varieties provide a brilliant firework of blossoms each year heralding the arrival of autumn. Vote from 2 September to 3 October for your favourite to be crowned this year’s Mainau Queen of Dahlias.

The Count’s Palace Festival | 3 to 7 October 2018
The Count’s Palace Festival has “Noblesse Oblige” as its motto. This is a very special shopping experience in the Baroque Mainau Palace in rooms not usually opened to the public and offers you the opportunity to buy select and beautiful jewelry and fashion items and choice accessories as well as culinary delicacies.

Winter

Winter Exhibition 2018/2019
Build, ride, play: The Brio train on Mainau Island - In this year winter exhibition you can also dive into the enchanting world of wooden toys and sceneries by Brio wooden train.

Christmas

Lucia Singing | 12 December 2018
Lucia is a major Swedish tradition. Girls and boys from a school choir as well as a member of the Bernadotte Family wearing white gowns, red sashes and candles to celebrate the Saint Lucia, the bearer of light. On Mainaus Island there is concert in front of Mainau Baroque Palace and some Christmas Carols are going to be chanted. 

Swedish Christmas Buffet | 12 November to 22 December 2018
Build, ride, play: The Brio train on Mainau Island - In this year winter exhibition you can also dive into the enchanting world of wooden toys and sceneries by Brio wooden train.

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