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Mainz
Travel Guide

Kirschgarten

Visit an ancient Roman Theater, sip local wine and walk through towering cathedrals—all in one day. In Mainz, you will never run out of things to explore. 

Experience Mainz! The capital of Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate, this city has exciting offerings stretching back to the Roman Empire.

Mainz offers a constant flow of activity. You could live in the city for years and still have new sights to see, new events to experience. The center of Mainz is called Old Town, and for good reason. Half-timbered houses and Baroque-style buildings hold such a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants that it’s easy to spend an entire afternoon eating, drinking and browsing. Spend the afternoon in one of the outdoor cafes in the historic Kirschgarten Square and stroll down Augustiner Street, where you can admire the famous St. Augustine’s Church.

The city is known for its variety of different churches; many people opt to spend the day touring the many that are scattered throughout the city. Visitors who can’t get enough of the stunning architecture should explore St. Ignaz Church, St. Martin’s Cathedral, St. Stephan’s Church, St. Peter’s Church, and Christ Church.

Roman history is deeply embedded within Mainz today. The Roman Theater, which could hold over 10,000 people, is a must-see. Guests will also notice that a variety of statues, ruins and ancient buildings are present throughout the city. Spend the afternoon at the Roman-Germanic Central Museum to learn more about the Ancient Roman presence in Mainz. The Gutenberg Museum, which chronicles the history of the written word, is another favorite destination. Natural history and art buffs will delight in the Natural History Museum and Landesmuseum Mainz.

Spend an evening at the Mainz State Theater, where you can enjoy opera or ballet. Afterward, treat yourself to traditional regional dishes and wash the food down with local wines at a Strausswirtschaft or Besenwirtschaft, a local winery that is allowed to sell food for a few months of the year.

Visit in February to experience the revelry of Carnival, or plan your trip in June to enjoy the annual Midsummer St. John’s Night Festival. The Christmas Fair will instantly put any visitor in the holiday spirit.

Mainz is half an hour from Frankfurt International Airport, and the S8 train provides direct transportation between the two places. The city is also easily accessible by major highways (A60, A61, A63, A66). If you are intimidated by the Autobahn, don’t fret: regular bus schedules run between Mainz and other major cities.

Where to stay in Mainz

Hilton Mainz City
Hilton Mainz City
4 out of 5
Muensterstrasse 11, Mainz
The price is £65 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
Located in the heart of Mainz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fastnachtsbrunnen, Mainz State Theater and Augustinerstrasse. Gutenberg Museum and Christ ...
4.1/5Very Good! (481 reviews)
Needs an upgrade soon!
"The hotel is in a great location. they offered a breakfast box for 12 euros which was too expensive. The hotel is old. My card reader on my door did not work the second day. So had to be escorted to have them use a master key. That was an inconvenience."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hilton Mainz City
Hyatt Regency Mainz
Hyatt Regency Mainz
4 out of 5
Templerstraße 6, Mainz
The price is £117 per night from 9 May to 9 May
This family-friendly Mainz hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of St. Ignaz Church, Gutenberg Museum and Augustinerstrasse. Augustinerkirche ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (424 reviews)
"Nice hotel, lovely outdoor dining with view of river"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

Hyatt Regency Mainz
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me and all hotel mainz
4 out of 5
Binger Straße 23, Mainz, RP
The price is £93 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in the heart of Mainz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fastnachtsbrunnen, Christ Church and Gutenberg Museum. Rheingoldhalle and Kunsthalle Mainz ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (155 reviews)
"very helpful and friendly staff allowed me an early check in and arranged safe postage of property that I left behind by accident"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

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Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Apartment Suite (Osteiner Hof)
The Apartment Suite (Osteiner Hof)
3.5 out of 5
Schillerplatz 1 (Osteiner Hof), Mainz
The price is £89 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in the heart of Mainz, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Fastnachtsbrunnen, Church of St. Stephan and Mainz Carnival Museums. Mainz ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Will stay again in heartbeat.
"Beautiful location close to station and old town. Very safe. Restaurants close by. Staff very helpful."

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

The Apartment Suite (Osteiner Hof)
Miralior Apartment
Miralior Apartment
5 out of 5
Liebermannstraße 13, Mainz
Situated in Mainz, this luxury apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from ZDF and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Opel Arena. Gutenberg University and St. Achatius are ...
Miralior Apartment
The Apartment Downtown
The Apartment Downtown
4 out of 5
Gaustraße 57, Mainz
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Augustinerstrasse and Rheingoldhalle. Gutenberg University and ZDF are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"Très bel appartement très bien agencé. Mobilier et équipement de qualité. Situation à proximité du centre historique. Tram a deux pas. A noter que pour le parking, c'est un peu compliqué. Nous avons opté pour le parking proposé par l'agence de location."

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2019

The Apartment Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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