Hotel Schwan Mainz
Liebfrauenplatz 7, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55116, Germany
Great German Hotel Experience
Stopped in at the Hotel on my way back from the Christmas Market just to say hi to Klaus who I got to know during my two stays there in the last two years. The Hotel Schwan was my first experience at staying at a small, locally owned German hotel. After getting used to eating a typical German breakfast, walking up the last flight of stairs to my room (elevator only goes up to the third floor) and using liquid soap for all my cleaning needs I came to really like this hotel. The rooms were nice, named after types of grapes and had nice wood flooring. I liked the beds but didn't like the fact there wasn't any sheets (I think this is a European thing). You only get German TV but you should be out touring the city or sitting out on the platz drinking a beer and watching the world go by.
If you plan on visiting Mainz for a night or two the Hotel Schwan is a wonderful experience.
Unique Quality: Two items make this a good hotel to stay at when visiting Mainz: location and the owners.
The hotel is located next to the Gutenberg Museum which is right by the cathedral (Dom). It is probably a 15 minute walk from the train station and can be hard to find since it is tucked away in a corner. Our Gps unit keep getting us near the place but we could never seem to see it. If you drive you will park in a parking garage across the street and pay around 8 Euro (I think). Since you are located in the center of town it is an easy walk to all the most interesting sites to see.
The other reason to stay there are the owners. Klaus speaks fairly good English and is the breakfast cook and your host in the evenings. His wife struggles at English but tries her best. Now that I live in Germany and visit Mainz fairly often I like to stop by and say hi. They almost always offer me a glass of wine or a beer. They are nice people.
Directions: Attached to the Gutenberg Museum.
In the heart of Mainz
The Hotel Schwan is one of the oldest hotels in Mainz (if not the oldest). Run by Klaus and his family, the service is warm and friendly. The hotel is in the heart of Mainz city center, just around the corner from the Gutenberg Museum and the Dom.
Our family has stayed here several times and has arranged groups to stay at this hotel for business – and each time everyone is very satisfied. The hotel has several floors but the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor; it is not a modern chain hotel, but rather a small family run place. The emphasis is on the ambiance and service, not on its modernity.
The downside is the slowness of response when you want to reserve a room through their online system; but you can be sure they will take care of you when you get there!
Across from the hotel is the restaurant also run by the family, Gaststätte Specht, which continues to warm and friendly family atmosphere while serving German specialties.
Click HERE for a Googlemap showing exactly where the Hotel Schwann is located in Mainz.
Directions: Mainz city center, just around the corner from the Gutenberg Museum and the Dom
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American with questions, If you please?
Unfortunately landing in Hahn at 2350. Want to take bus to Mainz. Where is the bus stop in relationship to the Train station and how do I get there?
Re: American with questions, If you please?
"Airport Shuttle N" is where you will arrive (at 1:35 a.m. *moahn*), "Hauptbahnhof" is the central station, so basically the station is next door.
Note that your bus leaves Hahn at half past 12 and goes to Frankfurt via Mainz.
Re: American with questions, If you please?
This is the bus travel info on the official airport info:
If you click on Mainz on the map you get the timetable.
Travel Tips for Mainz
I haven't been able to find out about this historic church in the city center - except for a Wikipedia article in German! I do know that portions of the church date back to the 14th century, although the church was heavily damaged in World War II and then almost entirely rebuilt after the war.
The people in this part of...
The people in this part of Germany are pretty friendly, almost as nice as in Eastern Germany, so be kind back people! Say hello, goodbye, thank you, please, etc. Even if you do so in English, at least you are trying. The people in grocery stores helped me pack my backpack full of groceries and one even picked up the extra part of the bill I couldn't cover.
Mainz and the Rhine River
Here we are looking north, that is downstream, from the walkway up on the railroad bridge.
The city of Mainz is spread out along the left bank of the river, and off in the distance on the right bank if you squint you might just be able to make out the city of Wiesbaden, or at least the beginning of it.
The hills in the background are the beginnings of the Taunus, behind Wiesbaden.
From here the Rhine flows in a generally northwesterly direction through Germany and the Netherlands for a distance of 535 ½ kilometers (that's the figure given in my cycling guidebook) before reaching Rotterdam and the North Sea.
The State Theater in Mainz was first built from 1829 to 1833 and underwent several expansions and remodelings before being severely damaged by bombs during the Second World War.
It was provisionally rebuilt and reopened in 1951. A remodeling in 1976/77 was not very satisfactory, so from 1998 to 2001 the theater was shut down and was thoroughly overhauled and modernized. During these three years the opera performed in a temporary building on the outskirts of Mainz.
The building shown here is the Large House (Großes Haus) on Gutenbergplatz. The State Theater also has two smaller venues, the Small House on Tritonplatz, just around to the left, and the Theater in the City (TiC) on Spritzengasse.
The City Center
The old historic center of Mainz was severely damaged in World War II, but has been beautifully restored. It's very walkable, and has a number of historic buildings and city squares.
The Marktplatz, or Market Square, is the real center of activity in Mainz. Surrounded by half-timbered houses, it has a gorgeous fountain in the middle.
Perhaps the most important building is the Electoral Palace, once the residence of the Archbishop of Mainz who was also the Prince-Elector. Completed in 1678, this is one of the finest examples of German Renaissance architecture.
Another outstanding building is St Peter's Church, built in 1748, a fine example of German Baroque architecture.
The largest Protestant church here is the Christ Church, with its elaborate Renaissance-style dome.
Kirschgarten, or the Cherry Orchard, is another quaint medieval town square. The orchard is gone, but the pleasant ambiance remains.