Mainz attractions

Top Choice Museum in Mainz

Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

A heady experience for book lovers, the Gutenberg Museum commemorates native son Johannes Gutenberg, who in the 15th century ushered in the information age here by perfecting moveable type. Highlights include very e…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Mainz

Heiligtum der Isis und Mater Magna

In a darkened, dungeon-like space, a glass walkway leads you around this extraordinary Roman archaeological site, which was discovered in 1999 during the construction of the Römerpassage shopping mall. Brilliantly i…
Top Choice Church in Mainz

Mainzer Dom

Topped by an octagonal tower, Mainz’ immense cathedral, built from deep red sandstone in the 12th century, is quintessentially Romanesque. Its predecessor went through a literal baptism by fire when it burned down i…
Top Choice Museum in Mainz

Landesmuseum Mainz

Highlights of this well laid-out state museum include an ensemble of exquisite Jugendstil pieces, outstanding collections of Renaissance and 20th-century German paintings, and baroque porcelain and furniture. Rare a…
Museum in Mainz

Museum für Antike Schiffahrt

The extraordinary remains of five wooden ships of the Romans’ Rhine flotilla, used around AD 300 to thwart the Germanic tribes then threatening Roman settlements, are the centrepiece of this museum. Also on display …
Museum in Mainz

Druckladen – Gutenburg Museum

Across from the Gutenburg Museum, you can try out Gutenberg’s technology yourself, with instruction on the art of hand-setting type – backwards, of course. Nearby, master craftsmen produce elegant posters, certifica…
Church in Mainz


This would be just another Gothic church rebuilt after WWII were it not for the nine brilliant-blue, stained-glass windows created by the Russian-Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887–1985) in the final years of his life…
Church in Mainz


Part of the local Catholic seminary, the classically baroque Augustinerkirche, built from 1768 to 1772, was unscathed by WWII so all its rich decor is original, including its elaborate organ loft and a delicate ceil…
Church in Mainz


Completed in 1762, the Church of St Peter is a worthy showcase for the exuberant glory of the rococo style, with a richly adorned and gilded pulpit and altars, putti-decorated columns and a white-and-pink colour sch…
Church in Mainz


Dating from 1773, this church marks the transition from rococo to neoclassicism – the baroque baldachin (over the altar) and organ sit in a space defined by Corinthian columns and a neoclassical dome.