A special excursion destination on Usedom is Europe's largest butterfly farm, which is located in the Baltic seaside resort of Trassenheide. On 5000 square meters the visitor dives here into a tropical jungle world.
From the caterpillar to the butterfly
In the spacious free flight hall you can observe not only the approx. 1500 to 2000 exotic butterflies, but also their fascinating development process. A tiny egg becomes a caterpillar, which in a cocoon finally grows into a butterfly.
If you want to observe the animals hatching, you should arrive around 10 o'clock in the morning, the best time to do so. Among many other species you can see banana butterflies, atlas moth and passion butterfly fluttering around in the large hall.
The butterfly farm shows its most beautiful side in spring, when the tropical plants unfold their flowering splendour. Among other things you can see ginger, pineapple and vanilla plants. In the summer months of July and August, the feeding of the tarantulas takes place every day at 11 a.m., where you can learn interesting things about these animals. Among the highlights of a visit in winter are the big orchid show and the banana harvest.
The Insect Museum
From the free flight hall you can reach the exhibition part of the farm, the insect museum. There you can admire the biodiversity of the insect kingdom. In addition to the world's largest butterflies, exotic insects and golden beetles can also be seen here. For spider fans, the bird spider show presents a wide variety of large insects and spider species in several exhibition rooms.
How to get there
You can reach the butterfly farm Trassenheide very easily by car, as it is located directly at the train station Trassenheide. If you come via the B 111 from Bansin/Wolgast/Zinnowitz, simply continue on the L264 to Trassenheide. Once in Trassenheide, you can follow the signs until you turn into Wiesenweg. Next to the hall of the butterfly farm there is a large parking lot.
The Schmetterlingsfarm can be easily reached by train, as it is located directly at Trassenheide station