Strategically situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers, Mainz has a sizable university, fine pedestrian precincts and a certain savoir vivre (knowledge of how to live well) whose origins go back to Napoleon's occupation (1797–1814). Strolling along the Rhine and sampling local wines in a half-timbered Altstadt tavern are as much a part of any Mainz visit as viewing the fabulous Dom, Chagall’s ethereal windows in St-Stephan-Kirche, or the first printed Bible in the Gutenberg Museum, a bibliophile’s paradise. Mainz has been the capital of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate since 1946.
In the 15th century, native son Johannes Gutenberg ushered in the information age here by perfecting moveable type.
Mainz destination guides
Rhine Valley Barge & Bike
An idyllic journey by bike and barge along the Neckar and Rhine Rivers
Wiesbaden and Mainz Day Trip from Frankfurt
Combine a visit to the historical spa town of Wiesbaden with a tour of Mainz on a day trip from Frankfurt! With an expert local guide at your side, explore Wiesbaden’s center on a walking tour, and then ride up Neroberg Mountain aboard one of Germany’s oldest water-powered trains.