When most people think of Germany, visions of islands are not the first thing to come to mind however, Germany is home to a number of beautiful islands both in the sea and on its lovely and large inland lakes and rivers. From its lovely sea islands including the East Frisian Islands to its amazing inland lakes, islands represent some of the most popular areas for travel in Germany. Come with us as we review two of Germany’s most beautiful and popular inland islands today.
Mainau Island – a lovely island located in Lake Constance near the city of Konstanz, Baden-Wurttemberg Germnay. Maintained as a garden, Mainau has earned the nickname the isle of flowers for a reason. First created by its then owner Frederick I, the Grand Duke of Baden who first built the islands arboretum which now contains over 500 species of trees and plants to its lovely parks filled with trees over 150 years old, this lovely island is a must see. Other popular attractions on the island today include the palace grounds, once home to Frederick I, as well as the butterfly house which houses over 140 exotic species of butterflies.
For those who have a great interest of the many species and the history of the island, guided tours of the island offer a closer and more personal look at many aspects of Mainau Island. Horticultural tours of the garden and park, guided tours of the newest installations and flowerbeds of the garden and a journey through the islands past including 500 years of history are a few ways to enjoy the island.
For the gastronomy lover in the group, food and wine play an intrinsic role in the popularity of the island today as well. From its culinary delights to tours and tastings at the Mainau vineyard, this is your opportunity to taste, touch and smell all that makes this island so amazing today.
Herrenchiemsee Island – The largest of the islands of Lake Chiemsee, Herrenchiemsee Island has a royal history which dates back to the year 1873. Acquired by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as the site for his new palace, Ludwig had his palace built in the style of Versailles. Today, visitors can still enjoy the beautiful paintings, massive and stunning state rooms as well as learn more about the region in its large and informative museum as well.
Elsewhere on the island a history much older than that of the Swan King can still be seen in the Augustinian Canons built in the 11th century at the site of a Benediction abbey dating back to the 8th century. This site can still be explored as well and offers visitors a closer look at the old history of the island. Called the Old Palace, the Herrenchiemsee Abbey may no longer be an abbey however, it exists today as a popular place to learn more about the history. From its formal gardens and its new palace to its outdoor activities and its amazing food and drink, this is one island you must see.
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