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Cruises to Mainz

10 Reviews
Mainz (Photo:Claudio Divizia/Shutterstock)

About Mainz

Germany's Mainz -- a 2,000-year-old city of leafy squares, timbered medieval buildings, intriguing cobbled alleys, charming restaurants and offbeat shops -- is a highlight of any cruise along the Rhine River, not least because it's so easily explored.

Just a short stroll from the riverside, you'll find two of the city's highlights: the Gutenberg Museum (which celebrates Mainz's role as home of the world's first printing press and its first product, the world-famous Gutenberg Bible), and the wonderfully atmospheric St. Martin's Cathedral, also known as The Dom.

There are also Roman ruins, magnificent Baroque churches and Rococo houses to discover, as well as spectacular stained-glass windows designed by the famous artist Marc Chagall.

But if you've had your fill of sightseeing and museums, just take a stroll around Mainz's charming Old Town, where you can browse antique and art shops, and tuck into delicious German coffee and cake at one of its many street cafes. No doubt you'll consider your day there well spent.

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Christmas Time On The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

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More about Mainz

Why go to Mainz?

Pros:

Gorgeous churches, town squares and the Gutenberg Museum are worth exploring

Cons:

It's a quiet town; loud music is banned by law

Bottom Line:

Mainz, the home of the world's first printing press, has much to offer visitors

Mainz Cruise Port Facilities?

If you're feeling lazy and just fancy snoozing in the sun and watching one of the world's great rivers roll by, do so at the Mainz-Strand, the "beach" area near the Hilton, where snacks, drinks and deck chairs are available. It's open on sunny days from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and admission is free. You can grab a cocktail and tuck into snacks like bratwurst and chicken wings.

Good to Know?

Per local regulations, it's forbidden to play radios or loud music in public.

Getting Around?

You can get to most places on foot, but if you want to zip quickly to St. Stephen's Church and take in the beautiful stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagall, pick up a taxi downtown or outside the Hilton.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the euro; for the latest exchange rate, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. ATM machines abound in Mainz; just stroll around the Old Town (aka the city center) and you'll find them everywhere.

Language?

English is spoken widely in Mainz, but an attempt to speak a few words of German is always appreciated by the locals.

Where You're Docked?

Riverboats moor up alongside the Hilton Hotel; from there, it's a short, pleasant walk to the city center. (Just walk ahead along the riverbank and turn right.)


Mainz Cruise Reviews
We had a full day in Heidelberg, (then the ship met us in Mainz) the castle 's history is most interesting & the town is very pretty & definitely worth visiting if only for the cakes!Read More
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ighten
The Gutenberg Museum is not to be missed. Gutenberg's invention did the most to change the course of our history.Read More
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chonkod
The city tour included a visit to the Gutenberg museum which was fine, but because the museum was only open especially for Viking there was not enough time to view the museum. Viewing the original bibles and a printRead More
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JandJ Travelers
Went on our own dont miss the Gutenberg museumRead More
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