More about Mainz
Why go to Mainz?
Gorgeous churches, town squares and the Gutenberg Museum are worth exploring
It's a quiet town; loud music is banned by law
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.
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.
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.)