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Winter on Mainau Island has its own special charm. Now is time for quiet walks and daydreams. But nature is awakening again: winter bloomers like the witch hazel show their early flor.
Scattered rose petals are reminiscent of the past summer. In the background the castle church St. Marien.
Overnight it has become on the third largest island in Lake Constance winter. With snow and cold temperatures it gets quiet on the flower island Mainau. At least at first glance. After all, the many imprints in the snow prove how lively the jewel of the swedish noble family Bernadotte is during the cold season. Here and there, in addition to the shoe prints, you will also find tiny traces of titmouse, sparrow, mouse, & co... Majestically, the swans make their tracks on the shore and hope for a treat from the visitors. The shetland ponies in the petting zoo with their thick fur can not hurt the cold so fast. Only in the butterfly house it is tropical warm in every season. In the exotic jungle of plants, peacock spinners, Atlas moths and Blue Morpho butterflies flutter and, with a bit of luck, even settle on their hands.
Flowers in winter
Snow hoods cover the shells planted with grasses and heatherThere is also a lot going on with the plants. From time to time, pink, yellow and red flowers flash from under the snow. Even in the cold season there are plants that turn winter into spring. Witch hazel, winter scented honeysuckle and snowball are now pampering with sweet floral scent and get due attention in walkers and many a bee, which is on a cold day in search of nectar. A red cat scurries through the snow and shakes his paws. Here and there, one occasionally sees rose petals reminiscent of the past summer.
Exotic palm trees in the snow
Some types of palm trees get along well with snow and ice and are even winter hardy in mild areas of Germany, particularly favorable conditions are found in wine-growing areasThe evergreen exotic hemp palms with their white snow cape look like stretched parasols. Most of the palm trees spend the winter in the temperate, sheltered palm house. When the snow has finally passed and the sun is shining from the blue sky, winter is showing its beautiful side. Warmly attracted, a walk across the island is the right experience. In January and February, the days are getting longer, but the sun is still not far over the horizon and casts long shadows in the park. Past the founder of Mainau Park, Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden, who is covered with a snow coat, the path leads to the Italian Rose Garden and the Baroque Castle, where you can stop in the castle cafe to warm up with a hot chocolate.
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The island of Mainau in winter (12)
A wonderful view over the snowy island and Lake Constance.
The waterfront invites you for a winter walk.
In summer, visitors make themselves comfortable on the terrace. A few sun loungers and armchairs are waiting for the winter guests.
Many sensitive plants disappear under the snow cover. To prevent them from being crushed, protective nets have been installed here.
Not all palm trees spend the winter in the Palm House - these specimens get along well with snow and ice.
From the south shore of Lake Constance, Mainau Island can be reached via a bridge. The Schwedenkreuz recalls the Swedish occupation in 1647.
Even in winter, a visit to the petting zoo is worthwhile - the miniature pony is happy in any case.
Winter sunbathing: the red cat makes itself comfortable on the picnic table.
Exclusive lake view from the plane-lined Uferterrasse.
The flower clock in the Ufergarten takes a break in winter. In summer, the flower clock then displays the time to five minutes exactly.
Fabulously beautiful - a rose blossom of the previous year covered with a snow cap.
In the Italian Rose Garden: Packed warm, the roses brave the winter weather.