Butterfly Garden

Let us take you on a journey into a little tropic paradise, to palm- and bananatrees, to trickling waterfalls and the colourful flourish of exotic butterflies from South America, Africa and Asia. Discover the Chinese Atlas-moth, whose wing span measures about 25 cm, as it sleeps away the day undisturbed by the bustle around him. Or the blue Morpho of Brazil, floating through the air majestically.

Garten der Schmetterlinge
In a second pavilion, the “caterpillar house”, you can find tiny butterfly eggs, hungrily munching caterpillars and expertly camouflaged cocoons. The little Chinese Dwarf quails, whose chicks are barely larger than a bumble bee, the turtles diving into the water and the mysterious iguana are a constant source of delight to our visitors.

Garten der Schmetterlinge

Kind mit Atlasspinner_Gerlinde Blaese
Our small insectarium is home to tarantulas, snakes and other exotic pets. No matter what the weather, the daytime, if spring, summer or autumn, the Butterfly Garden is always an experience for our visitors young and old, a paradise for nature-lovers and hobby photographers. Come along and join us on a walk around this unique attraction!

New: Here you find a print-out-guide for the Butterfly Garden!

New Museum Sayn Palace

In the impressive New Museum, Prince Alexander and Princess Gabriela provide a very private glimpse into the life of their ancestors. Outstanding photographs by Princess Marianne, mother of Prince Alexander, tell of the splendour of bygone times, but also of the destruction in the second world war followed by a courageous reconstruction. 

Admire photos the legendary “Mamarazza” took of her friends Sean Connery, Yves Saint Laurent and Romy Schneider, amongst others, while our young visitors slip into magical princely costumes in the children’s realm and take part in fairy tale workshops.

You hear about the story of Prince Peter, the famous Russian field marshal, and his daughter-in-law, beautiful Princess Leonilla. Through the conservatory you reach the large banquet table of Prince Louis and Princess Leonilla, where you can admire wedding dresses worn by princesses of the family. 

In the adjacent cabinet, you will meet Princess Gabriela surrounded by her beloved butterflies. The “Butterfly Princess” encourages you to learn about and closely inspect these delicate beings and thus create a reference to her tropical butterfly house in the palace gardens.

In the following room, the “Fürst Class”, you will be able to witness just how passionate the princely family was about motor racing in recent generations. 

From there, the tour will take you to the last stop: the colourful palace chapel, which houses the valuable arm reliquary of St. Elisabeth of Thuringia in the “Golden Altar”.

We offer guests a free guided tour of the New Museum in four languages. Download the DigiWalk app which will provide you with a choice of audios, images, videos and texts.

For groups, school classes or birthday parties, our “2friendly” team will be happy to provide you with fun workshops and a variety of special tours.