A Walk in Mainz – My Personal Checklist of Three Places to Visit in Mainz
About the Author
Hi, everyone! My name is Eliza and I am an exchange student from Russia. When I searched on the internet for places to visit and things to visit in Mainz, I found a lot of options. However, I chose a few of them for myself. This is my own checklist of key places to visit first of all.
A Little of History
Mainz is a city in Germany, the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. A city, that in the 8th century became one of the most important cities under the Romans. Anyone walking in Mainz should always know that they are probably walking on stones that are almost 2,000 years old and are only a few meters underground.
1. My journey with you will begin with St. Martin’s Cathedral
The St. Martin’s Cathedral, also known as Mainz Cathedral is the main religious building and at the same time one of the best places for photos. It was founded at the end of the 10th century. It’s impressive when you stand in front of a door that’s three times your size.
It is very beautiful on the inside. The sun’s rays coming through the stained glass windows create a blue-green glow on the opposite wall, and it’s as if you’ve entered another dimension.
St. Martin’s Cathedral in the center of Mainz has already been through a lot.
In its history of more than a thousand years, it has suffered several major fires and has been extensively rebuilt. “This cathedral over the Rhine valley with all its power and grandeur would remain in my memory even if I never saw it again,” wrote the German writer Anne Segers.
Adress: Markt 10, 55116 Mainz
Insider tip: Entry into the cathedral is free, but you can pick up an information booklet for a small price that contains more information about the place and its history.
2. Another place i recommend to visit in Mainz is Gutenberg Museum
The Gutenberg Museum is one of the oldest printing museums in the world, founded in 1900. The main attraction of the museum is a reconstruction of the Gutenberg workshop that was recreated in 1925. Here visitors can see the machine itself, the process of typesetting and printing. The Gutenberg Museum documents four millennia of written culture history from around the world, and it is here that the original mid-15th-century Bible is housed.
If you want to experience the art of printing, you should visit the Gutenberg Museum Print Shop. Here it smells of colored pigments, oil and paper. It’s like being transported back in time. In addition, you can take a course on hand press, typesetting, lead and wood letters, and various papers.
Official website: https://www.mainz.de/microsite/gutenberg-museum/splash-page.php
Insider tip: I reccomend to take an audio guide for around €4. It highlights important facts and presents information in a clear and entertaining manner.
3. To have a cozy evening i would take a walk to the banks of Rhine River
You haven’t been to Mainz if you haven’t strolled along the Rhine promenade at least once. It is a popular meeting place for young and old people. There are benches and lawns to enjoy the view and the sun, as well as various playgrounds for the little ones. Skateboarders and basketball players will also find great opportunities here.
Insider tip: For lovers of drinks and small snacks there is a perfect bar Mainzstrand . It is one of the most popular ones in the city, and best place to wind down after a hard day’s work, or simply after exploring the city. Magnificent view over the Rhine. It is hard to find an empty place on weekends. Visit their Official Website to know more (in German).
My Impression from the City
There are a bunch of different ways to discover Mainz and experience it from a completely different perspective. Depending on what interests you: art, culture, history, cuisine, sport or walking in the footsteps of famous personalities and in times long forgotten. In addition to the classic city walk, I would like to add that life is the experience, meet new people.
If you do not have plans, just take your phone with you and walk around the narrow streets between the houses that make you feel cozy. Now it is getting ready for summer – the trees and flowers are in bloom!