15 Best Things To Do in Mainz

The capital and largest city of Rhineland-Palatinate state is technically the wine capital of Germany. Mainz, or as it was earlier called in French, Mayence, is popular for being the invention place of world’s first type printing press in the early 1450s. But its origin happened in the hands of the Romans, who set up Mainz in the 1st Century BCE as a military post to guard the northernmost empire of the Holy Roman Empire.Though heavily damaged during the Second World War, the town has now turned into a popular tourist destination in Europe.

Here's the list of tourist attractions and 15 best things to do in Mainz:

1. The Gutenberg Museum

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The Gutenberg Museum is a literary delight to behold. Built in the years 1900 in memory of Johannes Gutenberg, the man who first starts mass-scale movable type printing, the museum houses exquisite antique pieces. These include the earliest known Japanese block printing device from the 770, the Peregrinations in Terram Sanctam, an illustrated travel memoir about a trip to the Holy Land, printed in 1483, and two of the 29 copies that still exist of the Gutenberg Bible, the first ever mass type-printed book, in 1455.

2. Mainz Cathedral

Located near the historical pedestrianized market square, the Mainz Cathedral or St. Martin’s Cathedral is a millennium old, catholic structure that has been a witness to numerous powers rising and falling. Although originally Roman, the red sandstone walls of the cathedral have had additions of Gothic and Baroque style, as well as middle age revival styles over the years. It houses numerous funerary monuments of the Prince-archbishops of the Holy Roman Empire and European arts from all the time it has seen on earth.

3. Kirschgarten

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If you have some free time in hand, do visit this quaint neighbourhood in Mainz with pretty, half-timbered houses and a red sandstone fountain, made from the ruins of Theodore Heuss Bridge. Though the fountain is comparatively new, the square dates back to 1300s. Walking around the streets and taking in the ambience will give you a glimpse of the ancient Mainz.

4. Landesmuseum Mainz

If you love art and history and the combination of both, pay a visit to the Landesmuseum Mainz at all cost. Its collections date back to pre-history and come down to the modern era. Other than the Renaissance paintings and Baroque artefacts, one of the best attractions is a gold and enamel fibula in the medieval department from the 1000s, depicting an eagle with sapphire embellishments.

5. Museum of Ancient Seafaring

When some well-preserved remains of Roman warships were found from the Rhine in the early 1980s, they were set for exhibition for the public, and thus the museum came into being. The remains of the five excavated vessels from the 4th century are the main attraction. There are life-size replicas of the ships as well, explaining to the visitors how they looked like and how they worked back in the time they sailed the seas.

6. Wooden tower and Iron tower

The duo of towers know simply referred to like the wooden tower and the iron tower, used to be the intimidating towers acting as the defenders of Mainz. Raised in around 1200, its original Gothic designs were ravaged in the war but later restored in 1961. The two towers acted as the gatehouse, watchtowers as well as a prison for notorious criminals, to be guillotined later.

7. Roman Mogontiacum

Mainz’s predecessor on this land was this Roman stronghold founded by General Drusus in the 12-13th century BCE. There is obviously nothing left of the strategic military town that it was, but the remains stand. There is a Jupiter’s column, whom they worshipped, founder Drusus’s mausoleum and some remains of the old theatre and an aqueduct.

8. St. Christoph Church

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The church was originally an early Gothic structure, built sometime between 1240 and 1330. It is now in complete ruins, but its structure still stands, and it houses the central war memorial of Mainz in memory of everyone the town lost in the World War II, especially in the several bombings that left the city shredded.

9. St. Augustine Church

Very uncannily, the baroque structure of St. Augustine is one of the few ones which were unaffected by the war. The interior of the church is plush and opulent with Rococo decorations, gilded stuccos and extensive fresco paintings of Augustine.

10. The Temple of Isis and Mater Magna

The ancient temples were discovered in around 2000s, with two shrines dedicated to the gods of the Egyptian pantheon. One is for Isis, the goddess of fertility, and Mater Magna, the Anatolian Mother Goddess. The temples were in use in the 3rd century. The interesting part of this temple is that though Mainz has always been under European ruler, many artefacts discovered within the temple are of African or Asian origin. It is now a shopping mall, but you can still see the remains of the temple in the museum.

11. St. Stephen’s Church

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St. Stephen’s Church is among the biggest attractions of Mainz. Founded in 990, like most other structures, this too had Gothic and Baroque overlaying. Although the structure was destroyed in an explosion in 1857, and later took the brunt of the war, it was renovated in the later part of 1900. The blue windows of the choir, designed by Marc Chaggal, are of unparalleled beauty.

12. The Mainz Carnival

The carnival season in Mainz begins in November and continues till next spring. It all ends with the parade of Rose Monday in March. The festival is known for its larger than life celebrations and the presentations and set pieces that are made with a humorous take on current world affairs.

13. The Opal stadium

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Though eclipsed by the more prominent German clubs like Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, the local team has been a constant presence in the Bundesliga since 2010. Their home ground Opal Stadium is a great place to witness German Club football if you are in luck. Otherwise, you can take the 90-minute multilingual tour of the stadium, the dugout, the dressing rooms and hospitality sectors they organize on ever Friday at 5 P.M.

14. Take a walk by the Rhine

The city of Mainz offers a great riverside walk from Neustadt or the ‘new city’ in the north to the railway bridge in the south that marks the southern end of the city. The promenade is dotted with food stalls and ice cream stands, and lawns with benches for you to sit and enjoy.

15. The Markt and Marktbrunnen

The square in the middle of the city, right around the cathedral was clearly the heart of Roman Mainz, and it still is. The market is there on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. Other day, people walk around to spend their time around the Marktbrunnen or the Renaissance era market fountain of 1526.

With a history of more than 2000 years boring down on its ancient cobblestoned streets, Mainz is one of the places to be in Deutschland if historical places fascinate you. Mainz pulls thousands of travellers to the west bank of River Rhine where it meets Maine, to soak in its antique appeal.

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  1. Mainz Cathedral

    #1 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Mainz Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Museum, Walking Area, Historical Site

    Address: Markt 10, 55116 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This mighty Romanesque Roman Catholic cathedral is 1000 years old, though it did burn down seven times over the course of the centuries. It famously contains old funeral monuments and works of art spa...Read more

  2. St. Stephan's Church

    #2 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    St. Stephan's Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Tour, Ancient Ruin

    Address: Kleine Weißgasse 12, 55116 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This thousand year old Gothic collegiate church was originally built on the highest hill in town. The church you see today however was built in the 14th century. It is one of the oldest and most impor...Read more

  3. Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

    #3 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

    Tags: Art And Culture, History Museum, Historical Site, Specialty Museum

    Address: Liebfrauenstraße 5, 55116 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Gutenberg revolutionized the printing word with his invention. Housed in a Renaissance building with a lavishly decorated façade, mostly explores the history of typesetting. Highlights of the m...Read more

  4. Museum Of Ancient Shipbuilding

    #4 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Museum Of Ancient Shipbuilding

    Tags: Museum, Educational Site, Specialty Museum

    Address: Neutorstraße 2b, 55116 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    In the early 1980s, when some construction work near the Rhine turned up some old Roman ships, it led to the building of this museum. Today it is dedicated to the history of shipbuilding, from Stone A...Read more

  5. Coface Arena

    #5 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Coface Arena

    Tags: Sport, Arena, Stadium, Club

    Address: Eugen-Salomon-Straße 1, 55128 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a multipurpose football stadium. If you can catch a match here it would be worth your while. The arena is strikingly red and can hold 50,000 people including those sitting and standing. The at...Read more

  6. St. Augustine's Church

    #6 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    St. Augustine's Church

    Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Landmark

    Address: Augustinerstrasse 34, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The magnificent facade of this church will draw you in. Until 1802 there used to be a monastery here. Most tourists seem to accidentally stumble across this Baroque church. Without noisy crowd this ma...Read more

  7. Walking Mainz

    #7 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Walking Mainz

    Tags: Walking Area

    Address: Liebfrauenplatz 1, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

    This walking tour group gets rave reviews. The guided tours are usually customized to fit your time and interests. Susan, who leads the course here, is extremely knowledgeable. She brings the history ...Read more

  8. Temple Of Isis & Mater Magna, Mainz

    #8 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Temple Of Isis & Mater Magna, Mainz

    Tags: Temple, Museum, Historical Site

    Address: Roemerpassage 1, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This ancient temple was a sensational find in the year 2000 due to the sheer number off artifacts uncoloured. There are actually two temples here; one is dedicated to Isis, the Egyptian God of fertili...Read more

  9. Landes Museum

    #9 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Landes Museum

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum, History Museum

    Address: Große Bleiche 49-51, 55116 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This is art and history museum is one of Germany’s oldest. The connection here was started in 1803 when Napoleon and Chaptal donated paintings to the city. The collection, though not the most po...Read more

  10. Romisch-germanisches Zentralmuseum

    #10 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Romisch-germanisches Zentralmuseum

    Tags: Museum, Science Museum, Educational Site, Ancient Ruin

    Address: Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2, 55116 Mainz

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This historical and archaeological museum studies the old world or the wood as we knew it before the discovery of the Americas.  It is as much a research Institute as a museum.  The museum i...Read more

  11. Naturhistorisches Museum Mainz

    #11 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Naturhistorisches Museum Mainz

    Tags: Museum, Specialty Museum, Natural History Museum

    Address: Reichklarastraße 1, 55116 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This is the largest natural history Museum in the area. It focuses on local biosciences and geosciences. The museum became famous in the 1920s after major hundreds of year old fossils were found near ...Read more

  12. Roman Aqueduct

    #12 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Roman Aqueduct

    Tags: Outdoors, Off Beaten Path, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This aqueduct was built during 69 to 96 AD to serve the two legions of men stationed here. The aqueduct which used to be 9 km long has mostly deteriorated; only some parts of the structure are still v...Read more

  13. Altstadt

    #13 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Altstadt

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Entertainment, Square

    Address: Altstadt, Mainz

    Timings: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    There is always something going on in the historic section of town. The streets here have funny names, and square are large. Not only they are full of life, but the architecture will blow your mind; i...Read more

  14. Christuskirche

    #14 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Christuskirche

    Tags: Religious Site, Historical Site, Cathedral

    Address: Kaiserstraße 56, 55116 Mainz, Germany

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This Protestant church, at the beginning of the 20th century, was built to accommodate the increasing numbers of the Protestant community. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt in the 1950s. It wa...Read more

  15. Carnival Museum

    #15 of 522 Things To Do in Mainz
    Carnival Museum

    Tags: Museum, Entertainment

    Address: Proviant-Magazin (Westeingang), Romano-Guardini-Platz , Neue Universitatsstraße 2, 55116 Mainz

    Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The first carnival in the city was held in 1837. Since then, it has become a world phenomenon. This museum, in 400 m² of space, and about 50 glass cabinets, explores the 160 years history and the...Read more

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