The small island of Mainau connected to the mainland by a small causeway was owned for 500 years by the Teutonic Knights. During their time they built a castle and a church which still stands today on the island. However the main attraction to the island is the gardens which were started in 1853 by Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden and continue today under the ownership of his descendant.
The gardens certainly were pulling in the crowds but because of their size you could easily find some quiet spots. After crossing the causeway we wandered along an avenue of Metasequoia trees which until the late 19th century were considered extinct until they were discovered in some remote area in Asia. In their arboretum there were also a significant number of now rare trees including some splendid specimens of the California Redwood.
With it being another beautiful but hot day we enjoyed strolling the various themed gardens which ranged from model gardens based on the theme of dreams( Daisy couldn’t quite work out the mirrors!), barrier free gardens, the usual rose and shrub gardens, an Italian water cascade, a shore garden just to name a few. The other beauty of the island was that the gardens were on two levels and were set up to appeal to all ages including having a butterfly house and flower animals. There was also the Schloss chapel to visit with once again a very ornate interior.
It certainly was worth visiting the island and its beautiful gardens and we could understand why it was attracting the crowds. On a hot day a lovely way to spend the