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Mainz, Germany: Historic and Hip

An April 2002 trip to Mainz by Eve Carr

Hyatt Regency Mainz Photo, Mainz, Germany More Photos
Quote: Mainz impressed me. It is a big city, the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, yet has a small-town ambiance. It's a historical treasure house, especially with the Gutenberg Museum. Yet, with its numerous long-lasting festivals, it's definitely a party city as well.

Mainz, Germany: Historic and Hip

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Hyatt Hotel Architecture Photo, Mainz, Germany
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Mainz has plenty of interesting things you should see, but at the top of the list is visiting St Stephan's to experience the majestic stained glass windows of Marc Chagall. Trust me, absolutely do not miss this. (Please see separate entry.) At the Gutenberg Museum, you'll be taken out of the world of bits and bytes and returned to the Middle Ages to see how Gutenberg revolutionized the world of printing. Do plan to visit local restaurants such as the fun Eisgrug-Brau, where you'll be able to feast on a hearty luncheon buffet, as well as wash it down with their very own brew. Ah, the Germans are such great brew masters. Make a point to see the historic section of the city, as ...Read More

Hyatt Regency Mainz

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Hotel

Hyatt Regency Mainz Photo, Mainz, Germany
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Walk into Room 335 at the Hyatt in Mainz, and your eyes go directly to the view. Outside your wall of windows, your eyes feast on a broad expanse of the majestic, romantic, Rhine. Decorated with a necklace of trees, the Rhine River is a constantly moving highway, where river cruises and coal barges slowly move back and forth, while seagulls dart down to the water to capture fish and then soar upward. Just below your window you'll see part of the ramparts of the old city of Mainz, and a promenade that immediately invites you to join bikers, rollerbladers, joggers or just those who stroll along, to enjoy the breeze from the historic Rhine. Inside your room is a showcase of mod...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Hyatt Regency Mainz
MALAKOFF TERRASSE 1
Mainz, Germany
49-6131-731234

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Forget all of the bad things you've heard about hotel dining. Dine at the Hyatt Regency in Mainz, and you'll see that some hotel food can actually be incredibly innovative and delicious. Here, in the Hyatt's unique architectural setting of rough Romanesque stones juxtaposed with high-tech steel structures, the Bellpeper Restaurant, with its busy open kitchen, offers a culinary combination that's difficult to beat. The food is as visually interesting as it is tasty, the service is professional yet friendly, the ambiance is sleek and uncluttered, and there's a scenic view of the River Rhine. The highlight of dining here was how interactive it was. Breakfast and lunch were served "buffet ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Bellpepper Restaurant
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Mainz, Germany
(613) 173-1234

St. Stephan's Church Photo, Mainz, Germany
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If you haven't visited St. Stephans to experience its famous Chagall windows, then you haven't really seen Mainz. And you don't have to be religious to enjoy these incredible works of kinetic art. You usually don't see the word kinetic to describe windows, but, because they capture every movement of the sun's rays, they change from second to second. When I entered St. Stephans, I was spellbound by this incredible expanse of what appeared to be totally blue windows. Stepping further into the church, and then after moving around, I saw even more intricate colors and designs. Looking at these windows is truly a highlight of any visit to Mainz. It's incredible that Chagall was in his 90's...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

St. Stephan's Church
downtown Mainz
Mainz, Germany

The Cathedral of Mainz Photo, Mainz, Germany
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Fires, lightning, wars--all of these have taken their toll on the Cathedral of Mainz. But, even so, this dramatic religious site (and home of the bishop!) has been able to withstand the test of time. It's here today so local parishioners, as well as tourists, can worship and admire the architectural beauty of this 1,000 year old structure. Be certain to see the History of Art memorials that decorate many of the pillars. Illustrating the artistic development of memorial design from the 13th to the 19th century, they also show how powerful the archbishops of Mainz were. As one of seven Electors who selected the German King (who was also emperor or the Holy Roman Empire), the Archbishops certainly...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

The Cathedral of Mainz
downtown
Mainz, Germany

Gutenberg Museum

Attraction | "The Gutenberg Museum"

Gutenberg Museum Photo, Mainz, Germany
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The name of native Mainz resident Johannes Gutenberg is famous not only in the history of Germany, but in the history of the world itself. His invention of moveable type definitely moved the Middle Ages into the "information age," and, in the long run, directly influenced our ability to communicate today. Knowing how important Gutenberg's invention was to the world, and especially to writers, I looked forward to visiting his museum. Even though I was still recovering from jet lag, I picked seeing the museum over sleeping. It was interesting to visit this museum of a hometown boy who made his mark in the world. I especially enjoyed seeing two priceless Gutenberg Bibles, a letter of indu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Gutenberg Museum
Liebfrauenplatz 5
Mainz, Germany

Museum of Antique Ships (Antike Schifffahrt)

Attraction | "The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding"

Museum of Antique Ships (Antike Schifffahrt) Photo, Mainz, Germany
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Question: Where do you go to learn about the Romans? Answer: Rome, for sure, but there's another answer as well: Mainz, Germany. Mainz is a treasure trove of Roman artifacts, and Barbara Rupp, Owning Manager of BR Tours Incoming (06131 - 83 94 19), gives an outstanding tour to let visitors know about the areas in Mainz that are rich with Roman history. One of these areas is the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding. Why is there a museum on Roman shipbuilding in Mainz? That's easy. Because, as they were dredging the harbor, Mainz workers found the remains of one Roman ship after another--so many, in fact, that they had a difficult time finding the money to preserve them. But the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Museum of Antique Ships (Antike Schifffahrt)
Neutorstraße 2
Mainz, Germany

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OK. We said that Mainz combines history and partying, and that's what we'll talk about here. Mainz likes to celebrate and has numerous festivals throughout the year. Its famous carnival, for example, is one of Germany's largest and longest-lasting. It starts on November 11 and lasts until Ash Wednesday the next year. Talk about a party that doesn't end. The best place to go to get an idea of the city's party atmosphere is the famous Carnival Fountain (Fastnachtsbrunner), which has been located on busy Schilerplatz since 1967. This whimsical sculpture by Blaius Spreng of Munich shows some 250 figures and carnival symbols in a towering sculpture, where water bubbles over enthusiastic party goers--...Read More
Mainz Dining at Night Photo, Mainz, Germany
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Mainz is at the heart of Germany's Riesling wine growing region, so be certain to sip some of this delightful wine while in the city. But the Germans are master brewers, so sip some suds while you're here, too. For an especially fun time, go to the Eisgrub-Brau, where you can enjoy some fine brew-pub beer, as well as a buffet array of one authentic German dish after another for just $5.50 Euro. I went back for seconds on the potato salad! And the potato pancakes were outstanding too. But, believe me, I ate more than potatoes here. Established in 1872, this microbrewery was cool before microbreweries were cool, and, judging from those who eat here, the locals know a good thing when they...Read More