Spring is here, the good weather is fast approaching and it’s time to get outside to enjoy the fresh air and the sun. If you’re looking for an outdoor activity suitable for the whole family, have you thought about visiting one of Germany’s beautiful butterfly parks? Here’s a roundup of our eight favorite exotic locations – full of tropical flowers, fascinating plants, creepy critters and – of course – winged beauties!
1. Biosphere, Potsdam, Brandenburg
Experience the jungle all year round on this unique experience in Potsdam, Brandenburg, in a tropical landscape teeming with over 20,000 plants, exotic animals, a treetop trail, and even a thunderstorm every hours ! In the butterfly house, you can walk among the many-colored free-roaming insects and discover the different stages in the life of butterflies.
2. ElbauenPark, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt
The butterfly house at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt is kept at a mild temperature of 28 degrees and allows you to get up close to around 200 different species of butterflies from around the world, as well as fish, birds , reptiles and other insects. Once you’re done with the scary critters, the huge park is perfect for a fabulous family day out, with beautiful manicured gardens, playgrounds, a petting zoo and a maze. There is even a BBQ area to grill your own food.
Photo credit: Andreas Lander / © NKE GmbH
3. Alaris Schmetterlingspark, Buchholz, Lower Saxony
Immerse yourself in a tropical world with hundreds of flying butterflies and other creatures at the Alaris Schmetterlingspark in Buchholz (Alaris also has three other butterfly parks in Uslar (Lower Saxony), Wittenberg (Saxony-Anhalt) and Sassnitz (Mecklenburg -Vorpommern)). Take a guided tour to learn about the stages of a butterfly’s development and, with a bit of luck, you’ll be there to see a beautiful specimen hatch!
4. Allgäuer Schmetterling Erlebniswelt, Pfronten, Bavaria
Located in Bavaria, this paradise of flying gems offers a warm and humid climate for tropical hosts such as the Atlas Moth, Comet Moth, Passion Fruit Moth and many more. Walk through the tropical plants to watch the beautiful butterflies fly, feed and mate. If you stay still, one of them might even land on you!
5. Schmetterlingshaus, Flower Island Mainau, Baden-Württemberg
Germany’s second largest butterfly greenhouse is certainly something special. Located on Mainau – a beautiful island in Lake Constance, Baden-Württemberg, known as the “flower island” for its fragrant gardens that bloom all year round – the butterfly house attracts millions of visitors per year. The exotic landscape inside the greenhouses is teeming with 120 different free-flying tropical butterflies, some of which have a wingspan of up to 30 centimeters, as well as other species of flora and fauna.
6. Schmetterlinge Garden, Aumühle, Schleswig-Holstein
The Butterfly Garden, near Aumühle in Schleswig-Holstein, is a 450 square meter greenhouse, kept at a pleasant temperature of 26 degrees and filled with over 1,000 butterflies. Next to the magical jungle inside the greenhouse, there is a spacious outdoor area with well-appointed gardens and a cafe for refreshments.
7. Butterfly Garden at Sayn Castle, Bendorf, Rhineland-Palatinate
Take a trip to a tropical paradise, filled with palm and banana trees, trickling waterfalls and colorful flashes of exotic butterflies from around the world! As well as a hall of free-flying butterflies, the Garten der Schmetterlinge at Sayn Castle promises a caterpillar house full of tiny butterfly eggs, hungry caterpillars and cocoons about to transform. There’s also an insectarium full of tarantulas, snakes and other exotic animals – if you dare enter! Outside there are beautiful gardens and places to picnic, with great views of the castle.
8. Butterfly House at Maximilianpark, Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia
The largest butterfly house in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Schmetterlingshaus in the Maximilianpark in Hamm contains up to 80 different butterfly species from South and Central America, Africa, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, which fly freely through the 450 square meter space, some of them bigger than the palm of your hand!