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Mainz
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Mainz

Hilton Mainz City
Hilton Mainz City
4 out of 5
Muensterstrasse 11, Mainz, RP
The price is $89 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

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! (480 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 Aug 3, 2020

Hilton Mainz City
the niu Mood
the niu Mood
3 out of 5
Mombacher Straße 6, Mainz
The price is $59 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in the heart of Mainz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zollhafen Mainz, Mainz Carnival Museums, and Sanctuary of Isis and Mater Magna. Kunsthalle ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (164 reviews)
Business Trip in Mainz

"Good modern hotel with comfortable rooms and good facilities. Breakfast buffet/bar/restaurant not operating at the moment due to Covid which is a bit annoying. Location is good. About 15 minutes easy walk to the centre of town and lots of free parking close to the hotel. Had to extend the stay which ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

the niu Mood
Hotel Hammer - Mainz Hauptbahnhof
Hotel Hammer - Mainz Hauptbahnhof
3.5 out of 5
Bahnhofplatz 6, Mainz
The price is $55 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Neustadt, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Gutenberg Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gutenberg University and Opel Arena. ZDF and BRITA-Arena are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)
Satisfied

"good location and clean and fast check in and out"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Hotel Hammer - Mainz Hauptbahnhof
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.

Vacation Rentals in Mainz

The Apartment Suite (Osteiner Hof)
The Apartment Suite (Osteiner Hof)
3.5 out of 5
Schillerplatz 1 (Osteiner Hof), Mainz
The price is $95 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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! (27 reviews)
Will stay again in heartbeat.

"Beautiful location close to station and old town. Very safe. Restaurants close by. Staff very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

The Apartment Suite (Osteiner Hof)
"Hofhaus": Cozy little house with XL garden and Mediterranean courtyard, Mainz-Finthen
"Hofhaus": Cozy little house with XL garden and Mediterranean courtyard, Mainz-Finthen
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate

Located in Mainz, this family-friendly vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Opel Arena, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Naturhistorisches Museum and Mainz Carnival ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Schöne moderne Wohnung

"Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt und der Kontakt zum Vermieter war sehr nett. Corona hat uns nicht vom Radeln abgehalten."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

"Hofhaus": Cozy little house with XL garden and Mediterranean courtyard, Mainz-Finthen
Garden house: Beautiful holiday home for up to 14 people, with a garden in Mainz
Garden house: Beautiful holiday home for up to 14 people, with a garden in Mainz
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate

Located in Mainz, this family-friendly vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Opel Arena, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Naturhistorisches Museum and Mainz Carnival ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Awesome!

"Convenience location, house is clean, kitchen is spaces, plenty of glasses and cups, more than enough china wear and utensils for large group. Most importantly Ingo is very professional and friendly, highly recommend this rental!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Garden house: Beautiful holiday home for up to 14 people, with a garden in Mainz
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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Reviews of Mainz

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Feb 17, 2020

Im Bias i grew up in mainz Bank when the U.S

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 20, 2019

Awesome city with tons of history and a Romanesque cathedral that rivals them all.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 21, 2019

Chose Mainz because we wanted to ride the train from Mainz to Cologne along the Rhine, but were pleasantly surprised at how much we loved the open plaza, markets, cobblestone streets and beautiful flowers throughout the town. Highly recommend.

4/5 - Good

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Jul 12, 2019

The elf/goblin fountain south of the hotel was really neat. Continue south to get to the downtown area.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 15, 2019

Great city to visit with slot of things to see and do.

4/5 - Good

LM

Oct 13, 2018

We were able to walk to old town. We only had one evening so just walked around & had dinner. Lots of great shopping.

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