Charming Mainz, located at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers, is a city over two thousand years old. Mainz has an impressive history; for example, it was an important seat of the Prince-bishop in the Holy Roman Empire. You can still find the reminders of the city’s ecclesiastical past in the imposing baroque buildings.
Another historical event that took place in Mainz is the invention of mechanical movable type printing. The invention of Johannes Gutenberg, a son of Mainz, is considered to be the most important event of modern times. Find out more about the life and work of this outstanding man at the Gutenberg Museum.
Track the history of the town, visiting numerous museums and historical sites. Make your stay comfortable with Booked.net. Book the cheap hotels in Mainz or the ones with luxuries for the lowest price directly at Booked.net
Begin your tour around the town at the Gutenbergplatz, which has been endowed with a bronze statue of famous inventor. Next stop is Dom, the massive Cathedral of St. Martin built of reddish sandstone with the octagonal tower on top. The main attraction is the altar to the Virgin Mary. Then go to the Market Place with the Baroque cathedral houses. Make a stop at Gutenberg Museum, one of the oldest printing museums, where you also will be able to try out printing technology yourself. When you’re done with museums set off on a shopping spree in the romantic old town.
Other attractions include;
- St. Stephen’s Church attracts pilgrims from around the world. Built as “Empire’s Place of Prayer” in 990, the church was almost completely destroyed in World War II, since then it has been thoroughly reconstructed. Astonishing stained-glass windows designed by Russian born Jewish artist Marc Chagall are the magnet for countless tourists.
- St. Christopher’s Church is actually the remains of the original church, erected between 1292 and 1325. The ruins kept a late Gothic baptismal font.
- St. Anthony’s Church has the only Gothic ceiling frescos that survived in Mainz.
- St. Augustine’s Church, built of the red sandstone, almost escaped the bombings during World War II. Magnificent rococo church boasts its breathtaking ornamentation.
- Electoral Palace, originally a residence for the Electors and Archbishops, now houses the Romano-Germanic Central Museum exhibition.
- Natural History Museum contains a world-famous unique collection of ice-age animals such as sabre-toothed cat, steppe mammoth, elk and many more.
- Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding displays the original remains of the ships constructed in the late Graeco-Roman period.
Mainz is also a party town. Celebrate the end of the winter with the residents of Mainz at the cheerful Carnival in March. Parties, parades; candies, flying through the air, gallons of beer and wine, you can’t miss the liveliest event in Mainz. In June come to the Johannisnacht, St. John’s Night Festival, devoted to Johannes Gutenberg. Four days long musical and artistic performances take place in the town. All wine-lovers come to Mainz at the end of August to attend Annual Wine Market.
Mainz’s numeral events, its outstanding history and culture attract many visitors every year. Come to the town and stay in the best hotels at the most affordable price. Find the best offers from a cheap hotel in Mainz to luxurious one at Booked.net