Great Wine Capital

The only German city incorporated in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, which features the world-famous wine areas Bordeaux and Napa Valley, is Mainz/Rheinhessen. Sparkling wine has a long tradition in Mainz, and a sparkling wine producer with a lot of history, the “Kupferberg”, along with its museum, are some of the highlights recommended by the German Wine Institute and well worth a visit.

The city arranges several guided tours combined with wine tastings, like for example the “Der Wein wandelt den Maulwurf zum Adler”-Tour, named after a quote from Charles Baudelaire.

When the vines are sagging with an abundance of plump and heavy grapes, this town on the Rhine presents its most charming face with innumerable wine festivals and lively culinary experiences in the traditional vineyard taverns. The highlight is the Mainz Wine Market, held on the last weekend of August and the first weekend of September. Later in the year, sample exquisite Rheinhessen wines in the traditional wine taverns of the picturesque old town and explore its narrow alleyways and enticing shops.

Among the oldest cities in Germany, Mainz boasts a vast 1000-year-old cathedral, a perfect backdrop for the sea of lights which illuminate the yearly Christmas market during the Advent season. You won’t be able to overlook Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press; Mainz has dedicated the Gutenberg Museum, the World Museum of Printing and the Johannisfest at the end of June to its most famous son. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the heavenly blue light of St. Stephan’s Church caused by the Chagall Windows, which are unique throughout the world. The Shrove Monday Procession is a festival of gaiety and the absolute highlight of the famous Mainz Carnival.

Highlight 2017: Second edition of Summer Lights - Jul 28-30

Welcome to Mainz

Take a virtual walk through the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate!

Mainz in 24 hours

Mainz in 24 hours

From wine to Rhine.



Mainz has so much more to offer than just its delicious wine; it also boasts a one-kilometer-long promenade along the Rhine.

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