Mainz Travel Guide

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Mainz Things to Do

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  • churches

    Mainz' St. Martin Cathedral dominates the skyline and has been the centre of the city for many centuries. The roots of the present building can be traced back to the year 975. However there has been a Cathedral in Mainz since at least the 6th century, probably even since the 4th century A.D. After substantial fire damage in 1009 and 1081, the...

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  • Rhine River

    The promenade itself is pretty new and has few sights. The reason behind that is the fact that the Rhine once reached further into the city to what is now Rheinstraße. Today, there is a promenade on the southwestern bank of the Rhine with a couple of sculptures and a small park. In the open air area close to the town hall you can see sometimes...

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  • museums

    Many traces of Roman Mainz have been found when streets were dug up to build something new. When the Hilton hotel was constructed, the wrecks of five Roman ships were found. They form the base for the Museum of Ancient Seafaring (Museum für Antike Schiffahrt) which is located in a former engine shop. Next to the wrecks, there are replicas of two of...

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Mainz Restaurants

  • Eisgrub

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Eisgrub Brau is one of two breweries located in Mainz (the other one is Brauhaus Castel located in Mainz-Kastel) that caters to foreigners. While Brauhaus Castel seems to being be an American hangout, Eisgrub Brau welcomes all nationalities and you never know what language you will hear when you visit. All the servers (at least all the ones I’ve...

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  • Augustinerkerller

    5 out of 5 stars

    Augustinerkeller is a local restaurant. You get there all the specialties like Hankaes, Spundenkaes, ... As far as I know, it is one of the traditional puns in the carnival time. I liked a lot the interior, which is very old.

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  • Vintage style

    This vintage style café, located on Gaustraße (not far from Schillerplatz), has become a new trendy spot. They offer organic breakfasts, cakes as well as all kinds of warm dishes and are open Tue-Sun.

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Mainz Nightlife

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  • pubs&restaurants

    Right in the central station building you will find this Irish pub. The place is not just bad and I would prfer it over manz pubs, but except for some decoration and the name, there are few things you can call Irish in here. If you know the "Quinn's" chain - believe me that Quinn's is more Irish than the Golden Harp in Mainz. The interior is...

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  • clubs

    I must say this is the weirdest bar/club I've been to so far *lol* It's definitely a student club with a very unique atmosphere. Time seems so to have stopped in the 60s there *lol* They have this "flower power wallpaper" and old furniture from times long gone ;-) While chilling or sipping cocktails on the couches you can play all those video games...

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  • It's not bad - it's just not Irish

    Right in the central station building you will find this Irish pub. The place is not just bad and I would prfer it over manz pubs, but except for some decoration and the name, there are few things you can call Irish in here. If you know the "Quinn's" chain - believe me that Quinn's is more Irish than the Golden Harp in Mainz. The interior is...

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Mainz Transportation

  • trains

    Mainz is well connected with Wiesbaden and Frankfurt through the S8 suburban railway line. Trains run every half an hour with a night break lasting only from around 1 am to 4 am. The trains coming from Frankfurt also stop at Frankfurt Airport (usually track 3). Single tickets are 7,80 EUR from/to Frankfurt Hbf (central train station), 4,35 EUR...

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  • cruise lines&ferries

    Do note that Cruise line do not run in Winter or are limited to boring tea time cruise. Do check if the cruise are running if you are planning for a Rhine Cruise to visit the Rhine River castle and sights in Winters

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  • freeways

    Mainz is about 30 minutes by car from the Main-Rhein airport in Frankfurt. Hire a car at the airport or use the train in order to get to Mainz. Most sights are in walking distance and you don't even need to use public transportations to get around.

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Mainz Shopping

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  • market-place

    There are so many ultramodern stores right across the square from the Cathedral. It's very easy to get lost in them. What I found good was a number of kiosks where you can have a snack; a large number of nenches around Market Square where you can relax having a snack... clothes, gufts, food and drink. 50-100 Euro

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  • Old Town

    There was a little shop in the old part of Mainz. I was fascinated by the decorations outside, so we went in. And I was not dissappointed inside. The decorations, the colours, the smell have been unique. gifts, candles, plates, towels,

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  • Bad service at the Mainz HBF florist

    Very nice flowers, excellent location, good opening times, shame about the staff; The lady who served me spoke very limited English, was very unfriendly and made me regret I had spent my money there. My flowers, after their length was reluctantly and roughly adjusted, were bound together carelessly with a piece of string, worse than if I gathered...

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Mainz Local Customs

  • cultural diversity

    Mainz - like most of western Germany - offers a bewildering array of cultural options. Yes, the Germans do like the exotic and the erotic - their attitude toward matters sexual could be called open and inquisitive, or it could be called prurient and nosy, but it's certainly different from the American perspective! But at the same time the Germans...

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  • carnival

    Don't miss to visit Mainz at carnival! There are lots of parades, the biggest one on Rosenmontag - the canival's monday! On Schillerplatz you find the carnival's fountain - in the form of a fool's tower!

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  • No Foreign Languages Spoken

    When coming to Germany, especially the smaller towns and cities, try to learn some German first. You'll find it extremely useful as most people have very little command of any foreign language, including English. I've lived for a few years in Netherlands and must say, irrespectively of which, obscure even, language you speak, you're bound to be...

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Mainz Warnings and Dangers

  • ROBBED IN THE DOMO BY FAKE POLICE!

    A Middle East looking guy who spoke German and English approached me and my friend. This was at the side door of the Domo near the W.C. He cornered us and informed us he was a local police and there was an ongoing operation in the area because they were looking for 4 men and a woman who were carrying fake US dollars. He showed a police ID. He...

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  • Mainz: Parking -ticketing!

    All around the city there is a great risk of ticketing! At any place and any square feet of the town they have a special control office in the only interest of filling their public garages so you should avoid to go by car to Mainz. ! 1 hour parking costs about 4 Euro - the bus only 2 Euro! This rationed parking situation is look like in the former...

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  • Few Problems

    Mainz is pretty average for German cities, which in other words means it is very safe. The area around the station, particular under the tall office towers straight ahead of the exit, and just to the right, tends to look a bit rough and harbour a few drunks, but nothing too serious. You might want to avoid the areas just mentioned at night if you...

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Mainz Tourist Traps

  • Mainz Card

    If you are going to visit the Museum in Mainz, save your money and not buy a Mainz card. Most of the attractions for Mainz is concentrated around the Markatplaz. You should be able to walk easily to these attractions.

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  • Mainz & around!

    When you stay in Mainz you should visit the nearby small Rhine river villages Oppenheim and Nierstein! Here you will find romantic small houses and wine cellars where you can taste the local Riesling in a very high quality. TOP of the TOP will be a stay in Nierstein in the first week of June every year. They celebrate there a local wine festival at...

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Mainz What to Pack

  • Climate in Mainz

    Rainy season: There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 18°C ( 49 - 64°F ); min: 1 - 9°C ( 34 - 49°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 23°C ( 70 - 74°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 53 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 20°C ( 45 - 68°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 4°C ( 38 - 39°F); min: 0 - 1°C (...

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  • Packing List

    The best time of the year to visit Mainz is from June-August/September. If you're lucky, temperatures are about 25-30°C. But it can also rain during some days and get a bit colder, so be prepared. In fall it rains quite often, can be stormy and already pretty cold. In winter, especially in January/February it might snow for some days, but only if...

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Mainz Off The Beaten Path

  • Excavation Sites

    As you can see, the excavation site begins right next to the platform of track 4, where an InterCity Express is going through (without stopping, of course). There is only a wire fence separating the platform from the excavation site. The site isn't exactly open to the public, but that's no problem since you can see into it through the fence from...

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  • Bingen

    Bingen is about 1 hr by train from Mainz. Easily accessible from Bahnhof . Recommended to visit the town as the best way to understand the lower rhine culture is to visit the towns outside of the cities. Nice friendly people there. Great view of the Rhine and some ruins including the castle in the middle of the town.

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  • Citadel

    On the Jakobsberg, a hill just behind the south station and the Theatrum Mogontiacensium, there is a large baroque citadel from the year 1660. Inside the citadel there are several buildings which now house city offices. The outer walls are quite overgrown with trees and bushes in places, but you can still walk around on them. In May 2004 a...

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Mainz Sports & Outdoors

  • football

    Mainz 05 play in 2 Bundesliga this seasona nd appear well placed for promotion. We saw them play Wacker Burghausen , a 2-0 home win and a lively atmosphere, helped by a small and noisy visitors section. A tidy stadium and nice to be able to stand up with a beer while watching the game. a good evening out!

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  • Eissporthalle Mainz

    If you like to go ice skating, then this is the place to go. The stadion is opened from September till April, 7 days a week. On weekends there's "disco ice-skating" from 7pm onwards.The entry fee is 3.50EUR for kids and 4EUR for adults at the moment. In the evenings and on weekends it's more expensive. You can either bring your own ice-skating...

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  • 1FSV Mainz 05

    Mainz 05 play in 2 Bundesliga this seasona nd appear well placed for promotion. We saw them play Wacker Burghausen , a 2-0 home win and a lively atmosphere, helped by a small and noisy visitors section. A tidy stadium and nice to be able to stand up with a beer while watching the game. a good evening out!

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  • Rhine River

    We took a tour boat up the Rhine River from Koblenz to Mainz. Although the scenery was, of course, beautiful, when you go upstream, there's a long time between castles. It took us 8 hours - if memory serves, going downstream would have taken about 3. I would highly suggest going, but going the other way!

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  • churches

    In the rapidly descending twilight of an early January afternoon, I didn't have time to take a moment and step inside the Christuskirche. But I did snap a picture of its impressive copper dome. The Christuskirche was dedicated in 1903, and was part of a Wilhelmine project to bring an imperial and stately air to what were then the northern suburbs...

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  • Theatre

    No proper German city of the 19th century was without its own municipal theatre! The good burgers of Mainz jointly funded this project in the proud 19th century, dedicating the stage in 1831. Recent reconstruction created new stages behind the 19th century facade, and mean that the theatre will continue to function through the 21st century.

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