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!
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.
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!
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.
Additionally, you can see life happening here and there around the place.
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.
Most of all, the market is the heart of urban life as it is filled with all kinds of shops and restaurants.
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.
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!
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.
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.
But on the way, you can’t help but notice this beautiful restaurant, serving fine sushis and Indochine cuisine!
It is on top of the Bridge tower that the Tourism service center is. It can be cool to be working there!
To head to the tourism center, you should take the stairs that are in front of you!
After seeing the Bridge tower, you can see the Iron Tower, after crossing the road and passing by this building here
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!
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 .
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.
From there, you can walk up just a little bit and stand amazed while viewing the “Father Rhine” and the confluence from the Main.
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.
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!
The Mainz Tourism Center contact here
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