March 29, 2017

A Sunday Stroll in Mainz

With a history dating back to the 1st century BC, Mainz is one of the oldest cities in Germany. The history of Mainz starts with the Romans who built a fort here and commanded the west bank of the Rhine River.  During its history Mainz was also part of France and is where Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable printing press.

I arrived in Mainz late on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and was met by a ton of people spending time in the old town enjoying the weekly market and wine festival.

 

It wasn’t until the next morning that I was able to roam the streets and alleys of Mainz and truly see the beauty this city offers!Houses along Marktplatz Mainz Germany

I took the tram to Gutenbergplatz where I started my Sunday Stroll first meeting the man himself, Johannes Gutenberg.  This is also where I enjoyed a lovely glass of wine and amazing carrot soup the day before.Market Fountain Mainz Germany

Wandering I came to Markplatz home to yesterday’s bustling market.  On this Sunday morning, it was peaceful so I was able to enjoy the sites like the Marktbrunnen or Market Fountain a grand example of a Renaissance fountain complete with Madonna on the top.Gutenberg Museum Mainz Germany

The old houses lining the street are equally magnificent and include the Gutenburg Museum which is housed in a fine palace known as Zum Romischer Kaiser (At the sign of the Roman Emperor).Overshadow by Cathedral Main Germany

This area is the center of the inner city and is overshadowed by the very large 1,000 year old Cathedral of Mainz.  Any stroll in the area will pass St. Boniface who was the first Archbishop of Mainz.Rhine view from Mainz Germany

Following the streets you will reach the Rhine River with its views across to Weisbaden!Lovely Old Town Mainz Germany

Crossing back to the streets of Mainz led me to the Old Town. Strolling along Augustinerstrasse, which used to be the “main” street of Mainz, took me by beautiful half timbered houses and through an area that was once cherry orchards.  They call this area a strollers delight and I definitely could see why!Facade Augustiner Church Mainz Germany

Continuing my stroll along Augustinerstrasse brought me to the fabulous Baroque façade of the Augustiner Church.  Dating back to 1768 and surviving World War II, the inside is as wonderful as the front.  Take a look at the amazing frescoes!Inside Augustiner Church Mainz Germany

It was time to head up to St Stephan home to the famous Chagall blue stained glass windows.  As I twisted and turned my way up the hill, I was sure I was lost but then I saw the Gothic church peeking through an alley way.  The church itself simple but attractive on the outside but once you enter you’re met by a wonder calming blueness.  The Russian Jewish painter, Marc Chagall, made the windows from 1978-1985 and they are truly stunning!Chagall Windows St Stephans Mainz Germany

Now it was time to head back to my hotel to get ready for dinner at Weinstube Hottum.  But before I stopped wandering, I strolled through Schillerplatz where I ran into the man himself along with the Carnival fountain, which is full of symbols and figures from the Mainz Carnival.  Schillerplatz is also lined with some beautiful buildings from the 1700’s – the Baroque Osteiner Hof and Bassenheimer Hof are two great examples of the architectural style of the day!Houses on Schillerplatz Mainz Germany

When I first arrived in Mainz, I wasn’t too sure how I felt the city.  By the time I finished my Sunday Stroll, I had fallen in love with this beautiful city on the Rhine! Mainz is a wonderful German city full of life and vitality.  It is also a short 30 minute train ride to Frankfurt airport so it would make a great beginning or ending to any trip to Germany.

 

Have you been to Mainz?

Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people with the Mainz Tourist Office!

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  1. fertile cm says:

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  2. Lane says:

    Your images are always so lovely. The Chagall windows look radiant.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      St Stephens is definitely a must when in Mainz. You can’t believe the blue hue when you first walk in the church! Its really wonderful.

  3. Leigh says:

    It looks like a glorious town and I must say I love the architecture – and of course the cafes.
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