Family Activities in Mainz, Mainz (Self Guided)

Mainz welcomes visitors of all ages. The city is home to several sights, museums, parks, entertainment centers, shops and cafés that are appropriate for both adults and children. Take this family friendly tour to discover rare dolls, classical games, taste typical German handmade pastry, learn history of the city, as well as taste your creativity at Mainz workshops.
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Family Activities in Mainz Map

Guide Name: Family Activities in Mainz
Guide Location: Germany » Mainz (See other walking tours in Mainz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: ellen
Carnival Museum (Fastnachtsmuseum)

1) Carnival Museum (Fastnachtsmuseum)

Fastnachtsmuseum is an unusual museum that shows the history of the carnival beginning with 1837. Each of the museum's four halls is devoted to a different period of time. The first room displays current exhibitions; the second displays carnival attributes up to World War I; the third room, the period between the World Wars; and the last room reserved for modern carnivals.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Merlin’s Spiele und Verspieltes

2) Merlin’s Spiele und Verspieltes

Merlin’s Spiele und Verspieltes is a popular dealer for games and leisure activities. The store is located in the center of Mainz and offers a wide range of unique gifts (including games for all ages). From cheap to exclusive wooden games, puzzles, memory and classic games (Chess, Backgammon, Go, Mah-Jongg, etc) - Merlin's Spiele und Verspieltes has something for everyone.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm.

3) Gautor

Gautor is a gate which was part of the city fort in the 1650s. It was also once the main entrance for Mainz. The Gautor was constructed in Baroque style with a front façade decorated in red sandstone. The work of art also features two beggars depicted in different scenarios.

4) Mal-Werk

Mal-Werk was established to promote art and develop creativity. Thus, the kid friendly venue offers the special chance to express your feelings and emotions by means of a brush or sculpture. Mal-Werk provides a very friendly staff and reference books for further guidance.
Dom Cafe

5) Dom Cafe

Dom Café is considered to be the oldest café in the city and is situated next to Mainz Cathedral. Dom Café was established in 1792 as a pastry shop. Thus, all children-like sweets make Dom Cafe surely the place to visit, thanks to its handmade chocolate and pastry. Rest assured, all the products consist of only the freshest ingredients.
Mainzer Kammerspiele

6) Mainzer Kammerspiele

The Mainzer Kammerspiele is a private theater which was established in 1986. Today, the theater repertoire features a wide range of contemporary drama, experimental theatre, as well as contemporary ballet and revues. The theater's musicals for children are especially popular and renown. NOTE: If in town during the Children's Theatre Festival or Puppet Festival, make sure you bring your whole family!

7) Stadtpark

Stadtpark is one of the largest parks in the city. Coveted by both adults and children, the park was designed between 1819 to 1825. Spacious lawns and green trees invite you to relax, while the floral clock located at the west entrance is a must-see. The park also offers flower houses, a terrarium, an aquarium and a bird house.

Walking Tours in Mainz, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Mainz

Create Your Own Walk in Mainz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mainz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Mainz Religious Buildings

Mainz Religious Buildings

Mainz boasts a number of churches and parishes which are worth visiting. The city’s oldest churches are especially impressive due to their grand architecture as the exterior and interior of the churches are built in Baroque, Gothic, Rococo, Classical and Renaissance styles. Not only that, but splendid frescoes, old organs, beautiful glass windows and rich high altars only add to the pleasure.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Mainz, one of the oldest German cities, located on the Rhine River, is famous for its distinctive deep red sandstone buildings, such as the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral, Baroque style Augustinerkirche, Mainz Staatstheater and others. Architecture and history buffs will also take interest in the local half-timbered houses and medieval market squares; some buildings spanning back as far as the Roman...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Mainz Architecture

Mainz Architecture

Mainz architecture is very impressive due to its originality and variety of styles. Inside the city, several buildings date back to the 12th century and medieval times. Despite the devastating effects of World War II, these buildings have also survived and are cherished today by many.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Museums and Galleries Walk

Museums and Galleries Walk

While Mainz is not a very large city, the area is still home to several fantastic museums. Here you may explore Germany's numerous historical, cultural and natural collections - carefully displayed in one of the many museums such as Kupferberg, Fastnachtsmuseum, Museum of Natural History and Landesmuseum.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Mainz Culture

Mainz Culture

Mainz offers a unique cultural experience that dates back all the way back to the beginning. Every epoch of Mainz history has thankfully been recorded through impressive art and is preserved today in numerous world famous museums and art centers. Theatre is another phenomenal example of Mainz culture, and evident through the plethora of plays, opera, and ballet.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Mainz Shopping Walk

Mainz Shopping Walk

Mainz specialty shops are must-visit when in the area and searching for the hottest as well as most unique spot in the city. Thankfully, Mainz provides a large number of these outlets and are well worth your time. Take some time out of your vacation to enjoy all that Mainz has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Mainz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Mainz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Mainz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.