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Schloss Sanssouci (Sanssouci Palace) in Potsdam belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites © TMB/ Boldt

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Attractions in Mainz

Atour of discovery to great inventions

Mainz is self-confident and proud of its rich culture as one of Germany's oldest cities. You can experience four thousand years of writing from all over the world at the Johannes Gutenberg Museum, where the "Man of the Millennium's" workshop has been reconstructed. The highlights are two copies of the world-famous 42-line Gutenberg Bible.

Mainz's Marktplatz (Mainz Market Square) is a hub of city life. The Dom (Cathedral) is still almost completely enclosed by surrounding buildings that grew up over the centuries, creating a red-tinted sandstone "mountain" of a cathedral. Many of the out-buildings were constructed in the Baroque period.

The Kurfürstliches Schloss (Electoral Palace) was built from 1729-1740 in a style heavily influenced by French Baroque architecture. The site the Prince elector chose for the palace was in close vicinity to his residence, the Dom (Cathedral). This means you won't have far to walk from the cathedral to another one of Mainz's main attractions. The east wing of the Kurfürstliches Schloss (Electoral Palace) is one of the last examples of German Renaissance architecture. It is a regal building of red sandstone with turrets at each corner and beautiful detailing around the windows. It now houses the renowned Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (Roman-Germanic Central Museum).

Mainz's most popular area for a stroll ist the Augustinerstrasse (Augistinian Street), the city's main business thoroughfare until the 17th century. Surrounded by boutiques, cafes, pubs, and residential buildings, the magnificent façade of the towering Augustinerkirche (St. Augustine's Church) stands out. Venture inside to explore the impressive gilded interior in its original state, including ceiling frescoes depicting the life of St. Augustine and the history of the order which had its home on "Augustinerstrasse" since the 13th Century.

St. Martin's Cathedral Mainz

Gutenberg memorial

Römisches Theater

Christ Church

St. Stephen's Church

St. Peter's Church

St. Ignatius' Church

St. Augustine's Church

New Synagogue and Cemetery, Mainz

Museum Castellum

Isis and Mater Magna shrine

Map of Germany

Top Tip: Gutenberg Museum

The Gutenberg Museum hosts an exhibition about Johannes Gutenberg and the development of printing. A must see: the old printing press in Gutenberg’s workshop, which is used for demonstrations.