Planning to visit Mainau Island soon? See fabulous exhibitions and other events occuring during the year.
Spring Exhibition | 6 March to 3 April 2020
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.
Flower Exhibition "Forget-me-not & Blue-eyed-Mary" | 20 March to 5 April 2020
This year's flower exhibition at Baroque Palace Church focuses on floral arrangements with blue-flowering plants, in line with the annual motto “Flowering water, floating gardens”.
Orchid Show | 20 March to 3 May 2020
Join us to celebrate the glorious diversity of South Sea Orchids at Mainau Island’s Orchid Show. From Friday 20 March to Sunday 3 May 2020 the Palm House on Flower Island Mainau morphs into a tropical world of islands that will host 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. 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 | 21 May to 24 May 2020
The ethos of the Count’s Island Festival is 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.
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 7th June to 30th June for your favourite to be crowned the Mainau Queen of Roses.
Midsummer Festival | 20 June 2020
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 | 5 July 2020
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
Mainau Apple Day | 19 September 2020
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 30 August to 6 October for your favourite to be crowned this year’s Mainau Queen of Dahlias.
Autumn Exhibition "Ponytail Palm & Swan's Neck" | 18 September to 1 November 2020
Succulents are dry artists and excellent water reservoirs. They are able to store liquidity in their leaves, stems or roots to cope with longer dry periods. At this year's autumn exhibition you can learn more about these natural artworks with its bizarre optics and their diverse types of use.
The Count’s Palace Festival | 1 to 4 October 2020
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 Exhibition 2020/2021
Have fun with handcrafted wooden toys in this years exhibition from 16th October to 7th February.
Lucia Singing | 12 December 2020
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 | 11 November to 20 December 2020
In November and December, the chefs of Mainau Island spoil their guests with a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet, the "Julbord". After a Swedish mulled wine there are delicacies from the 6 traditional types of buffet. The guests enjoy fish specialities and traditional Swedish delicacies such as Köttbullar (meatballs). The meal is rounded off, for example, with Swedish almond tart, caramel pudding and apple dessert with vanilla sauce.