This beautiful city is known for its museum, along with gothic and Romanesque style architecture. There are museums, ranging from different eras of history with peculiar architectures and styles that dot the city. The city has many cathedrals and churches as well. There are cathedrals like Dom St. Martin, Christ Church etc. There are exquisite museums like City Hall, Gutenberg Museum, Roman-Germanic Museum etc. Thus, the things to do in Mainz range from exploring the cultural and architectural prowess and finesse of the place to soaking in its beauty all along.
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What to Do in and around Mainz
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Markt 10, 55116 Mainz, Germany
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
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 spanning the last millennium. It is mostly constructed of sandstone. Over the years seven Gothic and Baroque additions were made. Amazingly the cathedral survived the WWII Allied bombings of Mainz. The highlights are as follows:
The two chancels.
The high main nave.
The Gothic the corrective chapels and their windows.
Rococo car stalls Kia Chayanne.
The cathedral crypt which is 1000 years old, and contains a gourd reliquary.
altar to the Virgin Mary in the Ketteler Chapel.
Also inside the cathedral is the diocese museum, which contains works of religious art such as paintings and sculptures from the last two thousand years. These include medieval stone monuments, a gallery of 60 religious masterpiece paintings, and the chapel of St. Nicolas.
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Kleine Weißgasse 12, 55116 Mainz, Germany
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
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 important churches around. The church used to have a Baroque facade that was destroyed in an explosion in the 19th century. Heavily damaged in World War II, Saint Stephen’s never quite recovered. The highlights are as follows:
A large 66 metres high octagonal bell tower
Stained-glass windows by Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall which depicts scenes from the Old Testament
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Liebfrauenstraße 5, 55116 Mainz, Germany
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
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 museum are:
To Gutenberg Bibles.
Examples of printing from the 15th century to present.
Exhibits on bookbinding, paper manufacturing, and typographic techniques from both Western and Eastern technologies.
A manuscript department explaining the development of writing.
The Gutenberg print shop (Druckladen), which is a living workshop where you can manually re-create Gutenberg printing techniques.
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Neutorstraße 2b, 55116 Mainz, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 Age to Roman times. The highlights of this museum are:
Five ancient Roman ships.
To true scale reproductions of Roman ships.
A workshop there visitors can see workers rebuild old ship models.
A children’s action area where they can research, investigate and play.
The staff is very friendly and will answer most of your questions.
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Eugen-Salomon-Straße 1, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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 atmosphere is always energetic and festive. The stadium is lit up during the night making it a major landmark in the city.
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 may be the cities most serene church. It is so ornately decorated that every corner is a work of art. It’s murals, sculptures, frescoes and inlay work are all very well regarded. The highlights of this church are:
Coronation of the Virgin sculpture on the façade by Nikolaus Binterim.
Mary with baby Jesus, a sculpture from 1420.
The large and bright ceiling frescoes showing the life of the Father of the Church, Augustine.
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 of the city to life; you can just feel her own love for the place. Also make sure to listen to her for recommendations on places to eat.
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 fertility, and the Mater Magna. The temples were still in use during the 3rd century. Discovered inside were the statues of three goddesses, statues of Venus, sacrificial items, a statue of Mercury…and interestingly, items that are not European off nature. The site now contains a small exhibition on these items.
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Große Bleiche 49-51, 55116 Mainz, Germany
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
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 popular, is extremely well presented. That alone makes the museum worthwhile. The collections are divided as follows:
The prehistoric and Roman department – a 23000 year old statue.
Prince Johann Georg Collection - Byzantine and Egyptian relics.
The medieval department.
The Renaissance painting department.
Baroque paintings, sculptures and furniture.
18th and 19th century paintings - contains one painting by Pablo Picasso.
A medieval Jewish gravestone section.
A collection of art nouveau glass and Hoechst porcelain.
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Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2, 55116 Mainz
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 is divided into seven departments such as:
The Roman age department - that follows various Roman provinces.
Late antiquity and early medieval ages department - over 3000 exhibits North African tableware, Byzantine gold jewellery and so on.
The prehistory department, which is as of 2015 going through some renovation. It is now closed for now.
Make sure you see the 1800 year old Sundial, which is a museum treasure.
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Reichklarastraße 1, 55116 Mainz, Germany
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
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 the Rhine. Tragically a lot of this special stock was lost in World War II when the city was bombed. The museum currently has:
Prehistoric dinosaur tracks.
A large number of Ice Age animals.
Fossils of three south African quagga - there are only 23 in the world.
A rich collection of millions of years old horse fossils.
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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 visible. This is because most of the material from the aqueduct was used for other construction during the middle ages. These remains can be spotted at the following places in the city and its surrounding areas:
The village in Finten.
At the bus stops south of the entrance to the University.
At the southern end of the University running track.
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Kaiserstraße 56, 55116 Mainz, Germany
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 was built in the Italian High Renaissance style. Today the George serves not only the religious but also music lovers - the Bach and the Bach orchestra perform here. The highlights of the church is the massive dome which is 80 metres high and said to be one of the most beautiful in the city. From July – February, you may tour the tower for free; however, it is closed from March – June, as kestrels use the tower as their breeding grounds.
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11:00 am - 06:00 pm
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; it is mostly Baroque and Rococo and magnificently restored. The pubs and wine bars here are the center of the city’s nightlife. The highlights of this place are its various roads, such as:
The Schiller statue at Schillerplatz - a nice area to sit and relax.
Gaustrasse – which is curvy.
Augustinerstrasse - which is the picturesque main street of Old Town, also called “Stroller’s Mile”.
Also, the lovely houses.
The many churches.
Kirschgarten/The Cherry Orchard – pretty half timbered houses and an enchanting Marian fountain make it superbly romantic.
If you came to the city to shop this is the best place to do it. It’s full of boutiques and specialty stores and souvenir shops.
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Proviant-Magazin (Westeingang), Romano-Guardini-Platz , Neue Universitatsstraße 2, 55116 Mainz
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
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 themes of this carnival.