Mainz, Germany is a sightseer’s dream! From breathtaking churches to quaint cobblestone walkways, colorful architecture, and tons of significant history, visiting Mainz is like transporting back in time. A staple on many Rhine River cruise itineraries, Mainz is filled with many local delicacies! Enjoy locally brewed beer and wine alongside a dish of pork schnitzel and fresh pretzels. You will have your choice of shopping opportunities, museums, churches, and so much more when you take a cruise including Mainz.
Many river cruise lines offer cruises that include Mainz as a port of call in their itineraries. Currently, the only cruise line to offer cruises from Mainz is Riviera River Cruises. This British-inspired five-star river cruise line features 7-night Medieval Germany itineraries (including a solo traveler voyage) from Mainz to Nuremburg, stopping in ports such as Bamberg, Miltenberg, and Wertheim. A great time to take a cruise from Mainz is between May and September, when chances of rain are the lowest.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Mainz, along with a brief description:
♦ Gutenberg Museum
History lovers can learn all about the history of printing while visiting Mainz. The Gutenberg Museum (named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press), features a ton of fascinating artifacts from the era of printing. You can see an original collection of bookplates that once belonged to famous figures in history, such as Albert Einstein and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. There are also printed graphics, original prints, and a bunch of materials from small presses (including books, magazines, and flyers). You can find this museum located in Mainz’s old-town, across from Mainz Cathedral.
♦ The Dom (Mainz Cathedral)
Whether you know it as “The Dom,” “Mainz Cathedral,” or “St. Martin’s Cathedral,” there is no doubt this is one of the most beautiful and intricate 11th century churches in Mainz. This magnificent red sandstone building contains beautiful stained-glass windows designed by artist Marc Chagall, Bishop tombs, lion statues, and more. When spending time in Mainz before or after your cruise, this is a great landmark to visit, especially since its located in the old town.
♦ Mainz Old Town
Mainz’s Old Town is a highlight of this charming port city. Cobblestone streets wind between ancient buildings (restored post World War II), cathedrals, palaces, boutiques, walls, and more. It’s truly like walking through a storybook setting. The Gutenberg Museum and Mainz Cathedral are located in this area, so you can easily experience all of the city’s highlights without worrying about additional travel and time!
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