Few children nowadays come into contact with grazing cattle, bleating goats or clucking hens. So it’s exciting for them when they discover the Mainau animals. Old domestic breeds, miniature ponies, donkeys and cattle live in the larger animal enclosures. Hens and rabbits dart about the Mainau Farmyard and stoking the animals is expressly wished in the petting zoo – the goats love it! The pony riding arena is in a beautiful spot between the farmyard and the lake. There are five Shetland ponies that children up to the age of 12 can ride.
At the farmyard:
Our farmyard residents:
Alpacas, rabbits, hens, goats, Shetland ponies, donkeys, sheep, cats, a cow and her calf all live at the Mainau Farmyard.
You can go into parts of the goat pens. The goats love being stroked. Raufbold von Rosengarten is the Shetland pony herd’s stallion. He has already sired several gold medal winning foals. His offspring can also be purchased.
Pony riding arena:
You can ride around the arena during the Flower Year. Important: our ponies can only carry children weighing maximum 45 kilos. Pony riding does not take place when it’s raining.
Rare domestic breeds:
The Black Forest Hinterwald cow and calf are usually down on the farm between May and September. They are on the list of endangered species; as are the brown hill sheep and the chicken breed Deutscher Sperber.
Farmyard vegetable patch:
Farmyards also have gardens with vegetable patches. Ours is in the middle of the animal enclosures in front of the stalls. We grow plants such as salads, herbs, fruit and vegetables here.
The petting zoo during the winter months:
We have to provide a hand washing facility close to our petting zoo in compliance with official regulations. However, we must turn off the water supply to this wash basin in winter to prevent the water pipes from freezing up and bursting. This means that the petting zoo must unfortunately remain closed during this period. Visitors can still see the animals in their enclosures though. We thank you for your understanding.