Mainz Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Mainz

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 era. Many of Mainz's most prominent sights make up this orientation walk, promising an exciting journey.
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Mainz Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Mainz Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Mainz (See other walking tours in Mainz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Marktplaz Market
  • Mainz Cathedral
  • Gutenberg Museum
  • Iron Tower (Eisenturm)
  • Jupiter Monument (Jupitersäule)
  • St. Peter Church
  • Mainz State Museum (Landesmuseum)
  • Museum of Natural History
  • St. Emmeran Church
  • Carnival Fountain (Fastnachtsbrunnen)
  • St. Stephen's Church
  • Kirschgarten
  • St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche)
  • Holzturm
  • St. Ignaz Church (Ignazkirche)
  • Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding
  • Citadel (Zitadelle)
Marktplaz Market

1) Marktplaz Market

Marktplaz Market is the most popular market in the city. It is located in the heart of Mainz and is surrounded by many of the city’s architectural masterpieces. The market is open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. This is by far the best shopping venue for fresh products such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, meat, spices, wines, and pastries.
Mainz Cathedral

2) Mainz Cathedral (must see)

Mainz Cathedral or St. Martin's Cathedral is located near the historical center and pedestrianized market square of the city. This 1000 year-old Roman Catholic cathedral is the site of the Episcopal see of the Bishop of Mainz. Mainz Cathedral is predominantly Romanesque in style, but later exterior additions over many centuries have resulted in the appearance of various architectural influences seen today. The first post-Romanesque addition to the cathedral was the western rood screen. This was done in the Gothic style at the time of the western renovations. Following this example, the intersect area was heavily renovated in the next few centuries in the Gothic style. The interior of the cathedral houses tombs and funerary monuments of former powerful Electoral-prince-archbishops, or Kurfürst-Erzbischöfe, of the diocese and contains religious works of art spanning a millennium. The cathedral also has a central courtyard and statues of Saint Boniface and The Madonna on its grounds.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gutenberg Museum

3) Gutenberg Museum (must see)

The Gutenberg Museum is one of the oldest museums of printing in the world, located opposite the cathedral in the old part of Mainz. It is named after Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of printing from moveable metal type. The collections include printing equipment and examples of printed materials from many cultures. A group of citizens founded the museum in 1900, 500 years after Johann Gutenberg’s birth, to honor the inventor and present his technical and artistic achievements to the public at large. They also aimed to exhibit the writing and printing of as many different cultures as possible.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Iron Tower (Eisenturm)

4) Iron Tower (Eisenturm)

The Eisenturm is a medieval tower which dates back to the early 13th century. The iron tower was used as part of the city walls (as a watch tower and city gate), and later as a prison. In World War II, the tower was severely damaged and later reconstructed in the 1960s.
Jupiter Monument (Jupitersäule)

5) Jupiter Monument (Jupitersäule)

The Great Mainz Jupiter column is one of the memorials built in honor of the Roman god Jupiter in the second half of the first century. It is the oldest and largest Jupiter column found in Germany. The Great Mainz Jupiter column consists of two different size cubic blocks as well as five column drums which slightly taper upward in diameter. Twenty-eight different deities of the Roman-Celtic mythology are presented in the monument.
St. Peter Church

6) St. Peter Church

The Catholic Church of St. Peter is one of the most important Baroque buildings in Mainz. The church was originally known as the St. Peter monastery. The present building is a baroque hall with a twin-tower facade built between 1749 to 1756 by architect Johann Valentin Thoman. The church is decorated with ceiling frescoes by Giuseppe Appiani, choir stalls, amazing Baroque altars and stucco decorations.
Mainz State Museum (Landesmuseum)

7) Mainz State Museum (Landesmuseum) (must see)

Landesmuseum is one of the oldest museums in Germany. It is located in the heart of Mainz, in a baroque building. The museum’s art and cultural collection extends from the prehistoric period to Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau as well as 20th century Art. The prehistoric department of the Museum collection is especially sacred, including works from about 300,000 BC to the birth of Christ.

Operation hours: Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Museum of Natural History

8) Museum of Natural History (must see)

Naturhistorische Museum is the largest natural history museum in Mainz as well as Rhineland-Palatinate. The museum is located in a church of a former abbey. The collection includes rare tracks of dinosaurs and insects from the Permian perion on the Rhine. The museum also owns more than 20,000 ice-age animals: lions, jaguars, wolves, hippos, elks, sabre-toothed cats and quaggas who inhabited the area half a million years ago.

Operation hours: Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm; Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm; Thursday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
St. Emmeran Church

9) St. Emmeran Church

The Catholic parish of Saint Emmeran was founded in the 8th century. Significant modifications in the infrastructure were made in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. The main tower, constructed in the end of the 12th century, has survived. During the Baroque period (1700-1701) the original diamond roof and an additional bell chamber with a lantern were added. The tower has four floors. Today, the church houses the Italian parish of St. Emmeran.
Carnival Fountain (Fastnachtsbrunnen)

10) Carnival Fountain (Fastnachtsbrunnen)

The Carnival Fountain is located at Schiller Square. The fountain was unveiled on January 14, 1967. The Carnival Fountain is about nine feet high and the bronze statue is famous for more than 200 bronze figurines and allegories. Father Rhine, the monk, the "fool with his attributes", the Harlequin, the "man with the board in front of the head", the cat, Till Eulenspiegel, the clown and the city goddess Moguntia are just some of the few fountain motives related to the city of Mainz and the Carnival history.
St. Stephen's Church

11) St. Stephen's Church (must see)

The Collegiate Church of St. Stephan is a Gothic hall collegiate church, which was originally built in 990 at the order of Archbishop Willigis. The church was founded on top of the highest hill in the town. The current church building dates from the late medieval era; construction of the main area of the church began in about 1267 and was completed in 1340. The successional building kept the guidelines of the floor plan of the original building and with it the design as a double quire church.

St. Stephan is the oldest Gothic hall church in the Upper Rhinedistrict, and is (besides Mainz Cathedral) the most important church in the city of Mainz. Only a few changes have been made to the church since the 14th century. The cloister, for instance, was added between 1462 and 1499 to the southern side of the church, and the outer face of the church was updated during the Baroque period.
Sight description based on wikipedia

12) Kirschgarten

Kirschgarten is one of the most picturesque corners in old town Mainz, as several half-timbered houses are placed on parallel lines. In 1976-1979 Kirschgarten was renovated extensively. Zum Aschaffenberg, located in the Kirschgarten, is the oldest half-timbered house of the city and dates back to 1500. There is also a famous fountain, called the Virgin Mary.
St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche)

13) St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche) (must see)

Augustinerkirche is a catholic church built between 1768 and 1771. The exterior of the church features Baroque style and the interior tends toward Rococo. The magnificent frescoes (created by the painter Johann Baptist Enderle from Donauwörth) reflect the life of Augustine, the founder of the church.

14) Holzturm

Holzturm is a medieval city tower with a present Gothic appearance that derives from the early 15th century. The wooden tower was used as part of the city wall and at the same time as a gateway passage. Together, with the Iron Tower and the Alexander Tower, it is one of three existing wall towers still left in the city. During the Second World War, Holzturm was heavily damaged and reconstructed between 1961 and 2000.
St. Ignaz Church (Ignazkirche)

15) St. Ignaz Church (Ignazkirche)

The Mainzer Ignazkirche is a classical church hall. It was built between 1763 to 1774 under the architect Johann Peter Hunter. The sandstone facade is a French model of the early 17th century. The vault above the cross-shaped floor is a work of Johann Valentin Thoman. The interior also features magnificent ceiling paintings (dating back to 1773-1776).
Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding

16) Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding (must see)

Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding is a unique museum that displays remains from five ships of the Roman era. The museum first opened in 1994 and lies in Old Town directly across from the place where the ships were discovered.
Citadel (Zitadelle)

17) Citadel (Zitadelle)

The Mainzer Zitadelle (Citadel of Mainz) is situated at the fringe of the Old Town in direct proximity to the railway station "Mainz Römisches Theater". The fortress was constructed in 1660 and was an important part of the Fortress Mainz. The Mainz Citadel belongs officially to the cultural heritage since 1907. The trench in the southern part of the citadel had been considered natural heritage since the 1980s. One of the buildings near the Drususstein accommodates the Historical Museum of the Town Mainz today. The citadel and its surroundings bear witness to the entire history of Mainz concentrated in one spot: commencing with the Roman cenotaph Drususstein via the barracks of the federal fortress up to the air raid shelters of World War II. Since 1975 every year, a non-commercial youth festival, the Open-Ohr Festival, takes place at the citadel over the Pentecost weekend.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Family Activities in Mainz

Family Activities in Mainz

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical 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 or 2.5 Miles
Mainz Cultural Venues

Mainz Cultural Venues

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 or 1.7 Miles
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 or 1 Miles
Mainz Architectural Jewels

Mainz Architectural Jewels

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 or 2.4 Miles
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 or 2.3 Miles