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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 ea…
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 Römer Passage shopping mall. Brilliantly …
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…
Top Choice German in Mainz

Zur Kanzel

Germany meets France at this dark-timber-panelled Weinstube in dishes like grilled tuna with Riesling and sage sauce, garlic-crusted rack of lamb with wilted spinach, schnitzel with Frankfurt-style Grüne Sosse and r…
Top Choice Church in Mainz

Mainzer Dom

Topped by an octagonal tower, Mainz’ famous 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 in…
International in Mainz

Heiliggeist

Soaring Gothic vaults make this 15th-century former hospital a fabulously atmospheric spot to try inventive twists on German cuisine: veal sausages with crisped onions and wasabi hash browns, grilled salmon with thy…
German in Mainz

Weinstube Lösch

Traditional, timber-lined Lösch is a wonderful spot for local Mainz specialities, such as sausage casserole with bacon and cabbage and medallions of pork with liver-stuffed potato dumplings, as well as succulent ste…
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 the Museum of Ancient Seafari…
Museum in Mainz

Druckladen – Gutenburg Museum

Across tiny Seilergasse 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 p…
Steak in Mainz

El Chico

Widely believed to serve Mainz’ finest steaks (from Argentina) and lamb chops (from New Zealand), as well as desserts like crispy, flaky apple strudel, El Chico has the ambience of an intimate bistro, with fresh flo…