We love to explore new cities and share our experiences; that’s why this Mainz Travel Guide shall inform you about the best sights in town, our favorite food spots and insider tips to make your visit to Mainz memorable.
Germany is internationally famous for its old towns with ancient traditions. Mainz, the capital city of Rhineland-Palatinate, does not deviate here. Originally, Mainz – also known as Germany’s wine capital – was founded by the Romans and has more than 2,000 years of history. Did you know that the first books that had appeared in Europe were printed in Mainz?
Mainz Travel Guide | Sightseeing in Mainz
When you look at a city, you often have a list of places of interest that you would like to see. For Mainz this list is rather manageable, which however does not make Mainz less beautiful. The rest of the time can easily be filled with a visit to the cafés listed below or used for a walk on the Rhine.
Mainz Cathedral | Mainzer Dom
The Mainz Cathedral is the famous landmark of the city and shall remind us that Mainz was once the church center north of the Alps. The foundation stone for its construction was a laid as early as 975 and the cathedral itself was modelled on the famous St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican State.
Since its construction, the Mainz Cathedral has had to withstand seven fires. Fortunately, the cathedral could be protected from worse damage every time.
In World War II, the bombs didn’t stop at Mainz Cathedral either. In fact, the cathedral was badly damaged during the war and restored later on. Today, the cathedral is still one of the most important sights of the city.
Fact: The stone was only tinted red about two centuries ago to adapt to the surrounding buildings and to give Mainz a more uniform look.
St. Stephan and the Chagall Windows
If you’re still of the opinion that church windows aren’t fascinating, you haven’t been to Mainz yet. The blue glowing Chagall windows by Marc Chagall will definitely change this in a heartbeat.
Over 200,000 visitors from all over the world visit Stephansberg every year just to admire these beautiful church windows.
Mainz Old Town
As previously stated, Germany is internationally famous for its old towns. Mainz old town is known for its colorful buildings and impressive architecture.
In Mainz, there are also many side streets with other shops and sights. Particularly known places are the Kirschgartenplatz with beautiful half-timbered houses and the Augustinerstraße.
And if you’re walking through Mainz, you’re probably walking over stones that are almost 2,000 years old and only a few meter underground!
Mainz State Theater
While in Mainz, the Mainz State Theater – which opened in 1833 – cannot be overlooked! It actually houses two interconnected theatres and has a constantly changing program which makes it worth visiting.
Every Tuesday, Friday or Saturday one of the most beautiful markets in Germany take place on the cathedral squares in Mainz. From 7am to 2pm you can buy fresh fruit or vegetables along beautiful flowers and many other goods.
Wine Market in Mainz
Usually, Mainz is home to one of the largest wine festivals. You can try wines from Mainz and the Rheinhessen region, learn about the wineries and buy some of your favorites.
The Gutenberg Museum is a must for you if you’re interested in print and literary history. Opened in early 1900, the museum was built to pay tribute to Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. The museum even houses two of the so-called Gutenberg Bibles from the 15th century.
When you come to Mainz, you’ll probably notice the difference in the traffic lights. Normally, traffic lights are simple circles, but in Mainz there are the Mainzelmännchen which are six cartoon characters who mainly serve as advertising separators on the German TV ZDF.
Mainz Travel Guide | Food Tips
Café Annabetterie probably is the most beautiful café in Mainz. And it already received an award for it! As one of 141 cafés in Germany, the Annabatterie in Mainz received the award as a favorite café which makes it very special.
In addition to good coffee, you’ll also find delicious cakes and tarts here. Many people just order as a take-away, because the seats in the beautiful Mainz café are usually completely occupied.
Wilma Wunder is a chain that has branches in numerous German cities like Cologne and Düsseldorf, but also Mainz and many other. Unlike other chains, each brand has its own authentic style with well thought of details. This makes Wilma Wunder a stand-out café in Mainz that we’ll definitely recommend.
You can enjoy your coffee directly on the market square or on the balcony with a view of Mainz. In addition to coffee and smaller snacks, you’ll also find meals for lunch and dinner as well was vegetarian and vegan options in Wilma Wunder Mainz.
Mainz Travel Guide | Mainz Sunset Views
For the best sunset views, go to Mainz Beach, an artificial beach with a great bar or go across the bridge to Mainz-Kastel and enjoy the sunset at Kasteler Beach.
Mainz Travel Guide | Photography Tips
Since we decided to visit Mainz rather spontaneously, we missed on the soft morning light and spent our afternoon there. If you can, we’d recommend to go early because the light is much softer and the pictures don’t look harsh.
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