Hof zum Gutenberg (Gutenberg's Birthplace), Mainz

Hof zum Gutenberg (Gutenberg's Birthplace), Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg was born here between 1394 and 1404, although no records indicate the exact day, month, or year. In the 1890s, the city of Mainz declared his symbolic date of birth to be June 24, 1400. Gutenberg didn't spend his entire life in Mainz but spent some time in Strasbourg.

By 1448, he returned to Mainz and set up his first printing press in his father's house. He extended his printing press in 1450 at Humbrecht Court and printed the Gutenberg Bible in 1455.

After a financial disagreement with a business partner, Gutenberg returned to his father's home.

The Hof zum Gutenberg became part of Mainz University in 1477. The building is known as "Urdruckerei," or the original printing house. The building was rebuilt in the Baroque style but destroyed during World War II. Today, the site houses a pharmacy.

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Sight Name: Hof zum Gutenberg (Gutenberg's Birthplace)
Sight Location: Mainz, Germany (See walking tours in Mainz)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Mainz, Germany

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Mainz Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
In the Footsteps of Gutenberg

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles