Away from the Cathedral, along the wide boulevard of Ludwig Str. leading from Gutenbergplatz, is the large open space of Schillerplatz and its charming cream and pink buildings. Perhaps the most striking element of the square, other than the statue of a Prussian soldier with a pénis graffitied onto his nether regions, is the tall and ornate Narrenturm (Tower of Fools) with its behatted jesters and fools diving from on high into the water. It looks fantastic, and perhaps even a little fantastical, juxtaposed with the Cathedral behind it in the distance.
The centerpiece to the Schillerplatz are the statues. It is a fun place to go during a walking tour of Mainz. There are at least four statues in this area – one of Friedrich Schiller (German poet and namesake of the Platz), the carnival statue, the drummer statue, and the jester statue.
The carnival statue is actually a fountain in the warmer months with water coming up and through all the interesting carnival figures that make up this fountain (sadly my photos are from the wintertime when the water wasn’t running).
The Schillerplatz is located near in the city center of Mainz, just down the street from the Dom and Theatre. There are many shops and restaurants in this area and during carnival season you can find it pretty crowded.
Mainz combines history and partying, it likes to celebrate and has numerous festivals throughout the year. Its famous carnival, for example, is one of Germany's largest and longest-lasting. It starts on November 11 and lasts until Ash Wednesday the next year. Talk about a party that doesn't end. The best place to go to get an idea of the city's party atmosphere is the famous Carnival Fountain (Fastnachtsbrunnen), which has been located on busy Schillerplatz since 1967. This whimsical sculpture by Blaius Spreng of Munich shows some 250 figures and carnival symbols in a towering sculpture, where water bubbles over enthusiastic party goers--from cats to clowns. Be certain to notice the soldier at the bottom who is washing his empty purse.