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Introducing Mainz

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.