Mainz Museums, Mainz (Self Guided)

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.
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Mainz Museums Map

Guide Name: Mainz Museums
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: 3.7 km
Author: ellen
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Kupferberg Museum

1) Kupferberg Museum

Kupferberg is a sekt winery which opened in 1850. The purpose of the museum is to tell the 150-year history of sekt-making. The museum also features a wide range of Kupferberg advertising from past years, including prints, posters and cards. Last but not least, the world's largest collection of sparkling wine and champagne glasses are also housed in Kupferberg.

Operation hours: Monday 5:30 pm – 10 pm; Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30 am – 2 pm; 5:30 pm – 10 pm
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Carnival Museum (Fastnachtsmuseum)

2) 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.
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Mainz State Museum (Landesmuseum)

3) 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
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Roman-Germanic Central Museum

4) Roman-Germanic Central Museum (must see)

The Roman-Germanic Central Museum is not only an archaeological museum but also a research institute. The multi-purpose complex is located in the wonderful Palace of Prince Electors. The exhibits cover several different time periods, from the Stone Age (more than 2 millions ago) to the Middle Ages. The museum consists of three departments: Prehistorical, Roman Times and Early Medieval Times.

Operation hours: Monday 5 am- 12 am; Tuesday 12 am-5 am/ 10 am- 6 pm; Wednesday- Sunday 10 am- 6 pm.
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Museum of Natural History

5) 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.
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Gutenberg Museum

6) 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

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Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding

7) 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.

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 Art Galleries

Mainz Art Galleries

Art is prospering in Mainz and thus the city is becoming a witness to a very large boom in art galleries. Today, Mainz features a number of highly recognized galleries and art centers, most of which really specialize in contemporary art. While visiting Mainz’s galleries, you will be impressed with its figural and abstract art, pop art, classical modernism as well as contemporary sculpture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 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 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: 2.9 km
Mainz Specialty Shops

Mainz Specialty Shops

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: 1.2 km
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
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: 3.9 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.