This little section in the Altstadt is my favorite place in all of Mainz – the Kirschgarten ("cherry orchard") – with its old half-timbered buildings and Baroque style fountain. I rarely miss a chance to walk through this area when in Mainz; in fact, I sometimes plan my walk so that I can go this way, even if it is not the most efficient way to my destination.
Like other parts of the Altstadt, the Kirschgarten has cute shops in it. It is really just off the main Altstadt shopping area – the Augustinerstraße – which has many shops, cafés, and restaurants along both sides of the street. Along this street is also the Augustiner Church with its Baroque façade which just fits smoothly into the architecture beside the shops on either side of it.
Click HERE for Googlemap showing the Kirschgarten.
The Altstadt makes a great afternoon out – do some shopping, have something to eat, visit the churches, get an ice cream, and just enjoy watching the people from an outside café. So much to see and do in this section of Mainz!
I wasn't sure whether to do a guided walking tour of Mainz or just find my own way about but I'm so glad I took the guided walk. Although Mainz isn't a big city, it's historical stuff is a bit more spread out. If I'd just followed my own way on a map I would have missed half the things I saw and probably taken twice the time!
Plus, when you go on a good guided walking tour, you get a commentary on history and the significance of the things you see. To me this makes the whole experience much more enjoyable.
I wanted an English language tour so I did one with 'Walking Wiesbaden and Mainz'. (Actually, I ended up doing two tours with them - the Wiesbaden as well as the Mainz tour - several months apart!) Website: http://walkingwiesbaden.blogspot.com/
The Mainz tour included the Citadelle, old town houses, cathedrals, Gutenberg stuff... with many cool extra things like the Knights Templar district and medieval Hospital site.
I highly recommend both Mainz and the walking tour.
In despite of these nice views Mainz is not such a bright city overall; just outside the downtown it's a little bit mixed up with some ugly building as well.