One day in Mainz, Germany, a quick travel guide
August 31st, 2019 by Luiza
The big advantage of a backpacking life is that it gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom. After almost 3 weeks in the rural area in Germany, Birkenfeld district, we wanted to go to Frankfurt, to enjoy again the city life. So we took the train from the nearest station and we stopped at…Mainz. 😂
Why Mainz? Because we had time and it felt so good to be spontaneous.
One day in Mainz, Germany, a quick travel guide
Mainz, also called the city of Gutenberg, is located on the shore of the Rhine river, being the the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate.
It was perhaps one of the few places we visited without having a real itinerary or plan. But it was great because the place has a vibe of a big city but with a friendly atmosphere. What impressed us was the architecture, a mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles that are beautifully merged in the city center.
Mainz Hauptbahnhof (Mainz train station)
The train station, Mainz Hauptbahnhof, is a great hub for Germany. There are plenty of connections to different cities and, not really needed to mention that the train schedule is totally reliable. For a 50 minutes ride we paid €14/ person.
In this railway station, you can deposit your luggage so that your hands or back are free during your visit. They have lockers, big enough even for trolleys, that cost €4,75 for 72 hours. Pretty awesome, right?
So, after getting rid off some of our luggage we started exploring the city. And yes, by walk, as we always try to do.
Rheinufer and Theodor Heuss Brücke (Bridge)
Our first stop, the Rhine river and its beautiful views. There is a long promenade among the river, with nice benches, fancy trees and even a small sandy beach with sunbeds.
But what we liked the most were the views over the old center seen from the bridge. We could enjoy a lovely perspective of the churches, fortification or old buildings that survived the WW2 total destruction.
Windy, rainy or sunny day, it doesn’t matter. Make sure you step on the Theodor Heuss Bridge. 🙂
Holzturm and Eisenturm (Wooden Tower and Iron Tower)
This place is located only 5 minutes far from the Bridge. Built in the 13th century, these towers were used as gatehouses, watchtowers and prisons.
If you are lucky enough you can even climb the tower. The opening hours are not really easy to remember but I can surely say that we couldn’t visit it on Thursday. 😀
Enormous, imposing and monumental, this is how I would describe the Mainz Cathedral. It is absolutely impossible to miss it.
It is a Catholic church, about 1000 years old, that faced many historical events. Due to this fact we could easily see different architecture styles, from Romanesque to Gothic or Baroque.
The Cathedral is free to visit, daily, from 09 AM to 5 PM. But remember that it is still a religious place so be respectful while entering. Keep your voice low and wear proper clothes. Simple as that 🙂
There are few piazzas that surround the Cathedral but actually the most well known one covers the right side. In the center of the square a fountain dates from the 16th century and a sandstone column stands close to it.
There are few restaurants and cafeterias in the nearby area with a nice view over the cathedral.
Mainz is known as the city of Gutenberg, the inventor of printing machine. Neighboring the Cathedral, the Gutenberg Museum illustrates in its galleries examples of Gutenberg’s work.
A price for a ticket is €5 and the opening hours are mentioned here.
We loved the half-timbered houses in Germany. They have that uniqueness that catches you, or at least, us. 😛
Mainz has actually a square filled with this type of houses. It seems that the houses date from the 16th century and the piazza was created earlier with 2 centuries.
On our way back to the train station we stopped for a bit in this square. The main reason was practically the decorative bed of flowers that makes it special. Afterwards we realized that surrounding palaces are actually the state government offices. 🙃
Stroll the pedestrian alleys in the old city center
Cobbled, wide or narrow, there are plenty walkways where you can get lost. Might be in a shop, a coffee place or restaurant. Chose the one you want. 🙂
Food and prices
As we didn’t spend a lot of time in Mainz we cannot share with you so many details price-wise. But a normal size pizza costs about €10 and for pasta you can pay €12. For our lunch we paid €10 only as the pizza was half price. 😀
A take away coffee starts with €2.10 and a bottle of water in a supermarket costs €1.10.
We know that this city is not very touristic but if you are nearby this district, give it a try. I am sure you can enjoy a relaxing day here.
Create the moments you want to remember!