Germany's wine capitalMainz combines wine, culture and lifestyle in an extraordinary manner. The city lies right in the middle of Rhine-Hesse, the largest wine-growing district in Germany. In 2008 Mainz was admitted to the select circle of the international "Great Wine Capitals" and is now the official "Wine Capital of Germany".
The nice thing about visiting the wine capitals: you get to enjoy the fine wines in an authentic atmosphere. Mainz has a wonderfully restored Old Town with a large number of traditional wine bars that serve regional delicacies such as the "Spundekäs" (a spicy creamed cheese) with Silvaner, Riesling, Dornfelder & Co.
Relax after a stroll through the city, take a break in a nice atmosphere at any time. Mainz has got more to offer than just wine:
On the outskirts of the Old Town you can find the 1000 year old Mainzer Dom (Mainz Cathedral) that combines different styles of architecture from Romanesque to Baroque. In front of the cathedral lies the picturesque "Marktplatz" (Market Square). The market is very popular with all locals and guests and takes place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Only a few steps away from the cathedral lies the Weltmuseum der Druckkunst (World Museum of Printing Art). This is not a coincidence: It is in Mainz where Johannes Gutenberg invented the
letterpress. How did the press function? Find out during an interesting demonstration in the
originally rebuilt "Gutenberg-Werkstatt" (Gutenberg-Workshop).Also typical for Mainz are: the Romans. Follow their traces by visiting the Isis und Mater Magna Heiligtum (Isis and Mater Magna Shrine), have a peek through the fence at the current excavations of the Amphitheater or visit the
Museum für Antike Schifffahrt (Museum of Ancient Shipping).