2 HOURS IN MAINZ: EXPLORING ONE OF GERMANY’S OLD CITY

Hey, Everyone!

I know we are sometimes eager to explore other cities and we forget to explore where we reside. Therefore, today I am taking you to Mainz; the city I reside while living in Germany!

Mainz

It feels great to live here! Mainz is such a liveable place, and it is one of Germany’s old cities. But, I never gave this city a shot at discovering what it is about. First of all, it is said that Johannes Gutenberg: The inventor of printing with movable type felt at home here. Guess what? You can find and admire two copies of the renowned Gutenberg Bible here in Mainz. Now, that’s an interesting fact for my fellow Christians, isn’t it? Also, part of why I was curious to explore Mainz like a tourist was because I couldn’t perceive what the tourism center would advise potential tourists to see while here. So, guess what? I acted like a one day tourist who has few hours left before taking off to Paris! haha. The point is to know the activities or places that  I may not know about.

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Customer service experience

The customer service at the tourism center isn’t that helpful. To me they seemed to not know what makes Mainz interesting. They recommended me to just buy the city pamphlet for the price of around  50 cents so I could decide by myself on the main sites I could check on. Trust me: If I was a real tourist and did not know my way around Mainz,  I would be lost.  So, I am taking you to a self-walking tour, based on the recommended sites that appears on the pamphlets!

The Tourism Information

MAINZ PAMPHLETS

The Brochure.

1. Gutenbergplatz-Gutenberg Monument- Theatre

Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg

First of all, the tour begins at the Gutenbergplatz. This place is called Gutenbergplatz as it is the name of the city’s most famous Son. Is this statue not beautiful? That statue is made of bronze since 1837. Right in front of it, you can see the Large House of the State Theatre. It was originally constructed by Georg Moller in 1829-1833 and it was rebuilt after its destruction in 1951-1952.

 

State Theater

State Theater

Additionally,  you can see life happening here and there around the place.

Gutenbergplatz

Sweet Brezel

Original salty Brezel

2. Höfchen

Höfchen

Höfchen

This square is named Höfchen because the residence of the Archbishop of Mainz stood there till the 15th century. Well, that’s interesting, I didn’t know that! As you continue diving into the city’s first of the three cathedral square, you’ll stumble upon this Giant Pillar. It’s been standing at the center of the market.

Giant Pillar

Most of all, the market is the heart of urban life as it is filled with all kinds of shops and restaurants.

Höfchen

Höfchen

Höfchen

Höfchen

Höfchen

Höfchen

3. St. Martin’s Cathedral

This Cathedral can easily be spotted out once you are in the Market and has been subject to destruction and reconstruction over the course of the centuries.

St. Martin’s Cathedral

St. Martin’s Cathedral

4. Market fountain

Market Fountain

Another site to see is this market fountain. It is one the oldest and finest Renaissance fountains in Germany! Great, no wonder why I always liked its design details!

5. Fischergasse- Heilig-geist and Einsentrum

Fischergasse

Furthermore, the visit continues at the pituresque Fischergasse. I have to admit I was confused at first but hey, that’s exploring! In front of it, you can see the Heilig-Geist spital/ Holy Ghost Hospital. From what it is said, the hospital was constructed back then in 1236 for the pilgrims, the poor the old and the sick. But today, it houses a restaurant, and the architecture of the building gives it a historic style.

Holy Ghost Hospital, now a restaurant

Heilig-Geist

Another spot to see is the Eisenturm/ Iron Tower. It is located after you spot the Brückenturm first, on the right side of the Heilig-Geist.

The Brückenturm/ The Bridge Tower

The Brückenturm/ The Bridge Tower

But on the way, you can’t help but notice this beautiful restaurant, serving fine sushis and Indochine cuisine!

Hoi An Restaurant

Hoi An Restaurant

It is on top of the Bridge tower that the Tourism service center is. It can be cool to be working there!

Tourism center on top the Bridge Tower

To head to the tourism center, you should take the stairs that are in front of you!

The Brückenturm stairs leading to the tourism service center and shopping area.

After seeing the Bridge tower, you can see the Iron Tower, after crossing the road and passing by this building here

The Eisenturm/ The Iron Bridge

Getting from the Bridge tower to the Iron tower takes around 5 minutes, if not, less. Therefore, once you’ve seen it, you will have to walk back to take the stairs on the Bridge tower to see the following!

6. City Hall – Rhine Embankment

Remember the stairs you saw earlier? You should make use of them to head to the city hall! Yes. There’s also a lift located opposite the Bridge Tower, in the garage. It will take you right up to Jockel-Fuchs-Platz where the city hall is. The city hall was constructed back in 1970-1973 .

Jockel-Fuchs-Platz

City Hall

Now, I never knew what this monument in front of the city hall was, and now I know! It’s the “Vitality” Sculpture designed by Andreu Alfaro.

Vitality Sculpture by Andreu Alfaro

From there, you can walk up just a little bit and stand amazed while viewing the “Father Rhine” and the confluence from the Main.

The Rhine River

Rheingoldhalle

7. Relax

Now, you can choose to stop there and relax. The air is just so pure. There’s The Big Easy restaurant where you can eat and enjoy the view. Also, you can enjoy walking on the promenade on the Rhine. However, you can just walk a little back and you’ll get to see a wide range of shops that will steer you shopping lust! The choice is yours.

Saturn electronic shop

 

But don’t be fooled! I showed you six beautiful sites from the 12 recommended on the Mainz city brochure! Otherwise this post would have been so long. Therefore, consider this post to be a Part 1. Mainz is so beautiful and I still have not shown you the Old part of the city. Make sure you come back to read more!

That is it, blissful people! I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Drop me a comment and Keep up with my adventures by subscribing to my email list,  and by following me on facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest bloglovin!

With Love,
Pauline.

The Mainz Tourism Center contact here

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59 responses to “2 HOURS IN MAINZ: EXPLORING ONE OF GERMANY’S OLD CITY”

  1. Exploring your hometown like a tourist is such a cool idea. It looks so pretty!

  2. This looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I love Germany. I will definitely visit one day!

    • Pauline says:

      You sure should Lisa! Germany has great places to visit and soon, I’ll be taking you to its castles! Make sure you follow me on social media to not miss it. I hope it makes you decide on finally coming to visit! 🙂

  3. Rafe' M says:

    Beautiful fotos,

  4. Lady Chi says:

    For an Old city it is quite colorful and vibrant. I love that the streets seem to always be busy and the beautiful sculptures.

    • Pauline says:

      Exactly Lady Chi. Mainz is an old city like no other! You have to be here to indulge its peaceful vibe for real!

  5. Thank you so much for such a detail post. I feel like I have been there now after reading this. Love it and bookmark this for my future travel plan now.

    • Pauline says:

      Your comment makes me Happy Anmaria!!! I m glad that my post was able to impact you positively! Wouldn’t it be great if we could connect!? Follow me on my social media and never miss a post again!:) All the best!

  6. nida says:

    very nice and informative i am planning to visit germany soon !! Saving for my trip

    • Pauline says:

      Hey, Nida! I am glad that my post is informative! I hope that while on your trip you visit Mainz! :), let me know by following me on my social media! 🙂 Would love to know your impressions!

  7. piyush maloo says:

    looks a great must visit place

  8. I am glad to see this post because no one really points out Mainz as a tourist destination. It’s always Heidelberg, Munich or Berlin. Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      I am happy that this post sheds some light on Mainz! And I agree with you too Basundhara, there are few posts that show the beauty of other cities in Germany!

  9. Ravi says:

    so nice. The pictures are cool. The old city looks really old 🙂 but still a place to visit.

  10. Dee says:

    I really enjoyed looking at your pictures, and this looks like a lovely place! Thanks for sharing, I would definitely consider going there for a visit!

    • Pauline says:

      Hello, Dee!!! Thanks a lot! I am glad to hear that you’ll consider come and visit Mainz! Trust me, it won’t be a waste of your time! 😉 . Follow me on social media to see more! 🙂

  11. Wow! Looks like a beautiful place with delicious food!
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  12. jhilmil says:

    I visited Germany some 7 years back, but didn’t visit this City.. Seems I missed it!

    • Pauline says:

      Wow, you came in Germany quite a while ago Jhilmil! But which cities have you been to though? I want to believe that my blog lets you see what you can expect to see in Mainz, so don’t feel like you’ve missed a thing! Follow me on social media to see more!

  13. Rikki Singh says:

    Great Pictures…

  14. Abhinav says:

    Looks like a quick view place. Every place has something about it and as a traveler, we should go where we like not where the tourists go…

    • Pauline says:

      I completely agree with you Abhinav! In this case for example, the tourists would rather go the big cities when coming in Germany like Berlin, Hamburg. Mainz is the City Capital of the Rhineland-Pfalz state in Germany and nobody knows that 🙂 Anyways, connect with me on Social media

  15. I always come back to your blog! It is beautiful!

    • Pauline says:

      OOH! Thanks a lot for coming back! I sincerely appreciate! I hope you find happiness with my articles!? Make sure to follow me on Social media! we can connect there! 🙂

  16. Vijee Djega says:

    Looks like a great place to visit – full of color, history and culture. Love your pictures.

    • Pauline says:

      Hello, Vijee! Thanks for your appreciation! Mainz is definitely a great cultural place, filled with history! More articles are coming soon! connect with me on social media!

  17. Amy says:

    Looks like an amazing place to visit!

  18. All those pretzels are making me hungry! Yum!

    • Pauline says:

      HAHA, Whitney! And they are incredibly delicious too! 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and to subscribe to the blog for more stories!

  19. Very nice and informative post with nice photos. I was in Germany last year but did not visit Mainz. But may be in next trip 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Yes, Sumti! you sure should come visit Mainz. It’s close to Frankfurt and you won’t regret it! 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and to subscribe to the blog for more stories!

  20. I love your writing style 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Hi! Thank you for the appreciation! Very much appreciated! 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and to subscribe to the blog for more stories!

  21. jessica says:

    sounds like a lovely city to explore, can’t wait to visit!

    • Pauline says:

      Hi, Jessica! It is! Hope you come by and would like to see your pictures! Tag me on Instagram! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and to subscribe to the blog for more stories!

  22. Oh my goodness, I feel like I went with you with all these incredible images. Germany has been on our list, hoping to get there next spring.

    • Pauline says:

      Hi, Mama Munchkin! Love your name 🙂 I can only encourage you to come in Mainz: There’s so much to see and you have Frankfurt and Wiesbaden close by! So your trip will be a Fun one! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and to subscribe to the blog for more stories!

  23. Viviane Feeney says:

    we all seem to turn a blind eye to our own backyard for the rest of the world! But costs next to nothing to explore with no flight required…

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  24. Carola says:

    Germany is a beautiful country. Loved to read about Mainz. I often visit Oberhausen and Dusseldorf and sometimes Cochem. It looks like Mainz is worth the visit. So much to see! And to shop!

    • Pauline says:

      Hi, Carola! I would love to visit Dusseldorf though… And yes, Mainz is worth a visit! It’s the city capital of the Rhineland-Pfalz region of Germany! So you’ll love it here 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and to subscribe to the blog for more stories!

  25. Amanda says:

    This looks like such a fun trip! I love to travel, but I’ve never been to Germany. Where do you live?

    • Pauline says:

      It was a fun trip indeed, Amanda! I reside in Germany, in this very city: Mainz. Although I did live here, I never visited its key points like a tourist! That’s why I went on this journey! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and to subscribe to the blog for more stories!

  26. I am coming to visit mainz. Wuhooo. Splendid pictorial place review. On contrary our national capital Islmabad seems boring a place.

    • Pauline says:

      Come Zorays! You are more than welcome! 🙂 And I believe every place has its charm, it depends on how you look at it 😉

  27. Tina says:

    You took some really good photos of Mainz.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank You, Tina! I appreciate your comment, because I love photography too 🙂 Glad you love the pictures!

  28. SeekAndRead says:

    Germany is incredibly beautiful and clean country, I hope I’ll visit it some day. Awesome pictures

    • Pauline says:

      For cleanliness, OMG, Germany is for sure. And in case you come visit, you’ll see the people that clean the streets almost all the time with a cleaning car that has brooms under it!

  29. Ro says:

    looks amazing! next time I head to Germany ill take a detour here 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Hi, Roxana! Am glad you are considering visiting Mainz next time you come in Germany! You won’t regret! 🙂

  30. Great pics and post! Thanks for sharing!

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