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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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State Theatre (Foto: Andreas Etter, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Staatstheater Mainz | Mainz

Mainz State Theatre in the centre of the city is a vibrant venue of artic and societal discourse. It caters for operas, plays and dance...

Schillerplatz: Carnival Fountain (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Schillerplatz | Mainz

Schillerplatz is one of the most beautiful squares in Mainz. Surrounded by protected buildings and small oases of green, it features the...

Cathedral (Foto: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH_FotoFarmer, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

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...

Eisenturm (tower of the city wall) (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Eisenturm | Mainz

Tower of the city wall


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

St. Antony's: vaulted ceiling (Foto: Dr. Luzie Bratner, Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

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...

Sanctuary of Isis & Mater Magna (Foto: (C) Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

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...

Old town of Mainz (Foto: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH und FotoFarmer, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Altstadt | Mainz

The old centre of Mainz with its medieval cathedral, the Electoral Palace, patrician town houses, narrow lanes, cobblestone streets and beautiful...

Natural History Museum (Foto: Naturhistorisches Museum Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

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...

St. Christopher's (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

St. Christoph | Mainz

The early Gothic parish church of St. Christopher's at Karmeliterplatz was built between 1292 and 1325. It was virtually destroyed during the...

City Hall (Foto: Sascha Kopp, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Rathaus | Mainz

The town hall of Mainz is a characteristical building with its own form language. It was built in 1970 till 1973 by the Danish architecture firm...

St. Augustine's (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Augustinerkirche | Mainz

Entering through the red sandstone portal, visitors are brought through a modern glass-faced entrance area into a beautiful church with a...

Rhine Promenade: bicycles (Foto: Landeshauptstadt Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Rheinpromenade Mainz | Mainz

The Rhine Promenade of Mainz, also known as Adenauer Ufer, runs from the customs port to the old city centre. It is a popular meeting place for...

Roman Gate (Foto: Carsten Costard, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

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...

St. Quentin's (Foto: St.Quintin, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

St. Quintin | Mainz

The parish church of St. Quentin's is the oldest parish church in Mainz, first documented in 774. It is a hall church in the late Gothic style...

Kupferberg museum (Foto: Kupferberg-Museum Mainz, Quelle: mainzplus CITYMARKETING GmbH )

Kupferbergterrasse | Mainz

Kupferberg terrace high above the city of Mainz is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. In 1888, the deepest sparkling wine cellar...