Mainz is a city in Germany and the capital of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Mainz is a city with over two thousand years of history. It is located on the river Rhine across from Wiesbaden, in the western part of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region.
Mainz is both an historic and cosmopolitan town. It boasts a number of impressive buildings, monuments and museums which serve as reminders of the town's colourful history.
With Augustinerstrasse, a vibrant shopping street and heart of the old town, and the picturesque Kirschgarten and Leichhof squares, the old quarter is an ideal starting point for a stroll around the town.
Things to see and do
* Roman-Germanic central museum & Gutenberg Museum
* Antique Maritime Museum
* The Mainz Old Town
* Roman remains
* Iron Tower and Wood Tower
Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 97.75 sq km’s
Population – 200,500 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49
Port Location – The port is located on the Rhine river.
Transport Links – From Frankfurt International Airport, the local train S8 towards Wiesbaden stops at Mainz Hauptbahnhof (or optionally Mainz Römisches Theater). Also regional trains towards Koblenz and Saarbrücken stop in Mainz. Both options share the same local tariff, regional trains are faster and somewhat more convenient. Cologne/Bonn Airport is served by a direct ICE connection and from low cost hub Frankfurt-Hahn Airport there is a direct shuttle bus connection.
Mainz has several train stations. The biggest and the only one in which InterCity trains do stop is Mainz Hauptbahnhof, it is located on the western edge of the city centre and works as a general hub for local traffic. Another noteworthy station is Mainz Romisches Theater, south of the centre, but it is only served by regional and commuter trains. Both are served from Frankfurt, about 45 minutes way, by S-Bahn line S8.
A number of long range buses (including Eurolines) serve Mainz, usually halting at Hauptbahnhof. The station is also a hub for local bus traffic, serving the surrounding countryside and Wiesbaden.
There is a number of companies offering river cruises, typically leaving from Cologne or Koblenz and terminating in Mainz (and vice versa).