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Venice will soon require entry
These islands also require payment

A visit to the island of Mainau also costs admission.

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From January 2023, Venice wants to charge entry to day tourists. These islands also ask their visitors to pay.

Those who want to visit Venice in 2023 must buy an entrance ticket from January 16. With this measure, the lagoon city wants to better regulate the flow of visitors. Because many locals complain about mass tourism, the crowded streets are part of the city’s image, especially in summer. But Venice is not the first island to ask visitors to pay.

Mainau Island

The island of Mainau is an absolute highlight on every trip to Lake Constance. Once there, beautifully planted gardens await visitors. Above all, the butterfly house, the second largest in Germany, is very popular. Those interested can observe the colorful butterflies up close.

In summer, some flowers are in full bloom – in August, among others, hibiscus bushes, purple coneflowers or exotic palms. However, everything is not free, adults must pay 26 euros for the ticket on the spot. If you book online, you save three euros. Mainau can be reached by bike, bus or boat.


Herrenchiemsee is the largest of the three islands of the Bavarian Chiemsee. All year round, visitors can reach the island by boat. Most of the approximately 240 hectares of Herreninsel, as it is also called, is covered in forest. A circular path is about seven kilometers around the island.

A highlight: The new Herrenchiemsee Palace, which was built by the Bavarian King Ludwig II (1845-1886) and is reminiscent of the French Versailles. Thanks to regular guided tours, visitors can visit the castle. A museum is now housed in the former monastery. Children and young people who have not yet reached the age of 18 have free admission. The full island ticket, which also includes a guided tour of the castle, costs ten euros for adults. Tickets can only be purchased at the pier.

Madre Island

The Borromean Islands are located in Lake Maggiore, Italy. The largest of these is Isola Madre. The plot of land is covered with an impressive park. In addition to magnolias, lemon trees and cedars also thrive here. The complex is part of the Palazzo Madre, a complex of buildings built between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Today, the palace is no longer inhabited. The family chapel, with a beautiful facade, is also worth a visit. Tourists are also asked to pay here: fun costs 17 euros for adults.


Source www.gala.de

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