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Mainau, Germany

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ABOVE: Passenger boats serve Mainau from Meersberg and Unteruhldingen.

Mainau visitor information

The island of Mainau is open year-round, but the official garden and sightseeing season is between sunrise and sunset from late March until late October. Individual and family tickets are available, with half-price tickets for visitors who arrive after 5 p.m. For up-to-date admission fees, see the Mainau Web site's Opening Times and Prices page.

How to reach the island

By passenger boat. BSB, a.k.a. the Bodensee Schiffsbetriebe, serves Mainau from Meersburg and Unteruhldingen, on the northern side of Lake Constance. Travel time between Meersburg and Mainau is 20 to 25 minutes. Meersburg has connecting services on the mainline BSB passenger boats, which serve villages and towns along the lake's, and on the Konstanz-Meersburg car ferries. (Timetables vary with the season, so check ahead.)

By bus. The No. 4 local bus from the Konstanz railroad station stops at Mainau; alternatively, the ErlebnisBus offers service between Salem and Uhldingen, where you can catch a boat to Mainau.

By car. Mainau is near Konstanz (English: Constance), and the island is connected to the mainland by a short causeway. Parking is available.

For more details, including a simplified map with directions for motorists, see the Mainau Web site's Arriving page.

Web site

Mainau's German-language Web site is at The site also has an English section that can be accessed here.

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