The Palm House on Mainau Island

© Insel Mainau/Verena Kopatsch

A long-lasting palace for palms and people

A unique PLEXIGLAS® building on the Flower Island of Mainau has been protecting the valuable plants since 1998. Exposed to the elements all year round, other plastics quickly become unsightly – but not PLEXIGLAS®.

As far back as 1867, Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden had an orangery built on Mainau Island on Lake Constance. Intended to protect the collection of exotic plants during the cold months, the building could be fully disassembled. His great-grandson, Count Lennart Bernadotte, commissioned the first Palm House in 1968. Thirty years later, the impressive palm trees had grown so much that a new home was needed. This building, too, was to be designed to be dismantled each spring and erected in the fall, but the conditions have changed.