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Attractions in Mainz

Mainz has so much more to offer than just its delicious wine. Among the oldest cities in Germany, Mainz boasts a vast 1000-year-old cathedral, a perfect backdrop for the sea of lights which illuminate the yearly Christmas market during the Advent season. You won’t be able to overlook Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press; Mainz has dedicated the Gutenberg Museum, the World Museum of Printing and the Johannisfest at the end of June to its most famous son. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the heavenly blue light of St. Stephan’s Church caused by the Chagall Windows, which are unique throughout the world.

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Cathedral (Foto: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH_FotoFarmer, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

St. Martin's Cathedral | Mainz

Along with Speyer Cathedral, the 1,000-year-old St. Martin's Cathedral is one of Germany's earliest examples of a monumental vaulted building. The...

Jupiter Column (Foto: Carsten Costard, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Jupitersäule | Mainz

The Jupiter Column is more than 9 metres high and tells us a lot about Roman life, politics and worship. The inscription at its base describes a...

Electoral Palace (Foto: RGZM_R.Müller, V. Iserhardt, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum | Mainz

Complete overview of the most important finds and works of art from prehistory and early history in Europe, Roman culture in Germany and the...

Sanctuary of Isis & Mater Magna (Foto: (C) Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Isis- und Mater Magna-Heiligtum | Mainz

In 2000, excavations revealed parts of a temple dedicated to the ancient Egyptian goddess of Isis and the oriental deity of Mater Magna. The...

St. Ignacius Church (Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

St. Ignaz | Mainz

The terrace of low town houses along Kapuzinerstrasse is interrupted by the impressive red sandstone façade of St. Ignatius Church. It features a...

Electoral Palace (Foto: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Mainz State Museum | Mainz

When travelling towards Mainz over Theodor-Heuss-Brücke, the first thing that catches the eye is the Electoral Palace extending 75 metres along...

Frankfurter Hof: exterior (Foto: Wohnbau Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Frankfurter Hof | Mainz

Frankfurter Hof reopened in 1991 and has since become the main cultural hotspot of the city. Star performances by artists from near and far have...

St. Antony's: vaulted ceiling (Foto: Dr. Luzie Bratner, Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

St. Antonius, ehem. Armklarenkirche | Mainz

The only part remaining from the original church built in 1330 by the Order of St. Antony is the impressive chancel. Together with the Carmelite...

Jewish cemetery (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Jüdischer Friedhof | Mainz

In 1880, the city architect Eduard Kreyssig built a new Jewish cemetery on Untere Zahlbacher Strasse adjacent to the main city cemetery. As a...

Eisenturm (tower of the city wall) (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Eisenturm | Mainz

From the 34 guard and gate towers of the medieval city walls, there are only three remaining, namely Alexanderturm, Holzturm and Eisenturm. Built...

Cathedral and Diocesan Museum (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Cathedral and Diocesan Museum | Mainz

Fragments of the former west rood screen by the Master of Naumburg (1240), treasury with exquisite liturgical objects, manuscripts, early prints,...

Roman Gate (Foto: Carsten Costard, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Römertor & Kästrich | Mainz

History and construction

Around 1350, the city walls first erected in the 3rd century CE were rebuilt. The new fortifications enclosed a...

New Synagogue (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Neue Synagoge | Mainz

Mainz is home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe. During the Middle Ages, it was a centre of Jewish learning and religious life....

Natural History Museum (Foto: Naturhistorisches Museum Mainz, Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Natural History Museum | Mainz

The Natural History Museum in Mainz is the largest of its kind in Rhineland-Palatinate. Collections and exhibitions documenting rocks and minerals...

Mainz State Museum (Foto: GDKE-Landesmuseum Mainz (Ursula Rudischer), Quelle: Tourist Service Center Mainz)

Mainz State Museum | Mainz

Mainz State Museum is housed in several buildings, formerly the baroque stables of the Electors of Mainz. With a turbulent history stretching back...