Red and blue street signs
Favorite thing: Mainz's street signs are unique in Germany. The city was not only the first in the country to introduce the now-common system of streets and house numbers in 1853. With the colours of the street signs, it gives you also some orientation. Streets with red signs run to/from the Rhine, blue streets run parallel to it, white ones can not be clearly put into any of these categories. On red streets, the higher the house number the closer it is to the Rhine. On blue streets, houses downstream have higher numbers than houses upstream.
Rheingoldhalle - the Congress/Convention Center
Favorite thing: Next to the town hall stands the similiarly modernist Congress/Convention Center, amusingly called the Rheingoldhalle. No Valkries however!
It was designed by the Danish architects Hans Dissing and Otto Weitling, the successors of Arne Jacobsen (the creator of the Rathaus next door.)
Note the rather bare, spare, and monumental plaza. The modernists hoped that the modern world citizens of Mainz would live up to the ideals that inspired them to create this brave, secular, non-commercial space. But it's a little bit too George Lucas-y for my taste.Related to:
The Old University
Favorite thing: Mainz's University was founded in 1477 by Archbishop Dieter von Isenburg, who had been involved in a long and protracted struggle over leadership in the electoral state.
Under the Archbishop's guidance, the University quickly became a center for humanism and scholarship - of course, it helped to have a good printer nearby!Related to:
- Historical Travel
Stadtpark - green space
Favorite thing: The Stadtpark is a lovely "nature-space," lying just outside the Sudbahnhof amidst rolling hills and lush plantings. Even in January, things were in bloom here - admittedly, it was quite a warm Janaury, but I can understand why soldiers from Rome two thousand years ago might have liked it here.
It's located between the Altstadt and Oberstadt neighborhoods.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Stadtpark -- Bundeschiessen Fountain
Favorite thing: The "Bundeschiessen" was some kind of a national festival/gathering that was held in Mainz in 1894. The Bundeschiessen Memorial Fountain in the city park offers pleasant views offer the city and the Rhine Valley beyond.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Toilets are hard to find in Mainz. Several time we have to almost run to look for toilets especially you go toilet more often during Winter Time. For those money conscious people, it cost Euro 0.5 cents per visit. The toilets in the older trains were also quite bad if you are unlucky. Suggest that you go for your potty break before you board the trains.
Mainz Tourism Office
Favorite thing: A Mainz Pass is sold in the Mainz Tourism Office.
The Mainz Card offers over 50 special discounts for culture, leisure, hotels and sightseeing. With the Mainz Card you can travel free of charge on all public transport (bus, tram, S-Bahn, RB, SE, RE) in Mainz and Wiesbaden (Fare zone 65) and to Frankfurt Airport (Fare zone 5090).
Brueckenturm am Rathaus
Telephone.+49 (0) 6131 28621 0
Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The Totally Awesome Mainz Card
Favorite thing: Only the Germans could be this cool and practical: presenting the Mainz Card. It is your access to free museums, total run of public transport, etc. And it keeps you, the tourist, from bothering innocent Mainzians with questions about currency exchange and the like. It's a perfect deal!
Here's all the stuff I just basically copied from their website:
Free entry to the following Mainz Museums: Gutenberg-Museum (Printing), State Museum Mainz, Museum of Natural History, Cathedral and Diocese Museum, Central Museum of Roman and Germanic History, Museum of the History of Roman Shipbuilding, Museum of the History of the City. Except special exhibitions
Free use of the Mainz Public Transport System
Free entry to the Mainz Casino
20% reduction on tickets for the Köln-Düsseldorfer-Shipping Company
Free entry to the Mainz Swimming Pool
10% reduction on tickets to the Frankfurter Hof
10% reduction on tickets to the Mainz State Theater
Free participation on Guided Tour „2000 Years Mainz at every Step" meeting place: Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Mainz Tourist Office (only German language), during July and August also daily at 2 p.m. (in German and English language). Meeting point in front of the Cathedral Information Office.
and it's only six Euros.
Man, I love German practicality. It was so much easier just flashing my little card (mine had Zebras on it - kick ass bonus!) than hunting for change or buying separate transport tickets when I wanted to go someplace.
You gotta get one before you go, though, because I didn't see it really advertised anywhere.
Rathaus - the new Town Hall
Favorite thing: Mainz's riverside Town Hall is the work of masterful Danish architect/designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971).
This _is_ indeed a very cosmopolitan city!Related to:
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