Mainz is a way of life! The capital of the German Federal State of Rheinland-Pfalz is situated on the banks of the Rhine River. The German Wine Capital is famous for Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of printing with moveable types and renowned for its carnival celebrations. The state capital also beckons with romantic boat tours on the Rhine into the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley past the numerous castles and the Loreley rock.
The city´s fascinating 2,000-year-old history reaches back to Roman times. Today, the heart of the city is
the St. Martin’s Cathedral, over a thousand years old, close to the historic city centre with its picturesque half-timbered houses, cosy wine taverns, cafés, and shops and small boutiques.
A must-see: the two copies of the world-famous Gutenberg Bible in the Gutenberg Museum and the luminous blue stained-glass windows of St. Stephen’s Church, which were created by Marc Chagall.
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Germany's largest wine-growing region is confined in the north and east by the great bend in the Rhine River. It is home to a number of sights that bear witness to its rich historical traditions. The cathedrals in Mainz and Worms stand out in the cities’ skylines, as does the magnificent Katharinenkirche in Oppenheim.
For visitors with sporting ambitions there are a broad variety of hiking and cycling possibilities through the hill country, 500 kilometers of hiking and cycling trails at every possible level of difficulty.
With 26,500 hectares of vineyards, Rheinhessen is Germany’s largest wine-growing region. Most of all it is the Riesling wines that have been causing such a stir of late. Also, Rheinhessen's classic Silvaner grape has once again become a topic of discussion. Along with Riesling and Silvaner, the white Pinot varieties are also gaining favour.
Red wine grapes have doubled in acreage over the past ten years. Dornfelder is the most important red variety, but classics such as Pinot Noir and Portugieser have also become more common in recent years.
Loess, limestone and loam are the main soil types. Rotliegendes is a red, slatey-sandy clay soil in the steep riverfront vineyards, and near Bingen there is an outcropping of quartzite-slate.
Organic viticulture has a long tradition in Rheinhessen. Thanks to people being increasingly aware of this concept, the number of winegrowers practicing organic viticulture here is on the rise, which leads to the increased exchange of the latest know-how and increasing expertise.
Mainz and Rheinhessen, as part of the Rhine-Main Region, are amongst the most dynamic economic regions in Central Europe.
A particular area of competence in the region is for example the media industry: ZDF, Europe’s largest broadcaster, is based in Mainz. Other examples are high technology, health care, services and trade. Important major enterprises such as Siemens, Schott Glas and Nestlé in Mainz, as well as the pharmaceuticals group Boehringer Ingelheim in Rheinhessen and many small to medium-sized companies, shape the economic life here. Moreover, viticulture, agriculture and tourism are of particular importance.
This economic hub profits from its closeness to Frankfurt Airport as well as from an extremely well-developed network of railways, roads and waterways. Researchers, developers and over 35,000 students from all over the world teach, learn and work at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. And, thanks to its modern facilities, the city has also made a name for itself as a venue for congresses and conferences.
Income and unemployment statistics regularly show the prevailing prospering economy. Mainz and Rheinhessen are far above the German national average with regards to incomes and far below the average with their unemployment figures.
With its history of more than 500 years, nearly 36,000 students and 8,700 employees, the Johannes Gutenberg University is the scientific heart of the Mainz and Rheinhessen region.
From Law and Economics, through Social Sciences, Humanities and Natural Sciences to Medicine and Music, it covers nearly the entire spectrum of university subjects. Some 150 institutes and clinics in total make Mainz University one of the ten largest universities in Germany – one of these institutes is the Institute of Microbiology and Wine Research, part of the Faculty of Biology.
In the south of Rheinhessen the Department of Tourism and Travel Management can be found at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms. It is well known for its degree courses in the fields of Tourism Management and Aviation Management. About 900 students are currently enrolled in five different Bachelor and Master programs.
In addition, the region is home to the Rural Area Service Centre Rheinhessen-Nahe-Hunsrück (DLR). The task of the DLR is the vocational training of young farmers and winegrowers. Besides, this organization also offers an attractive range of consulting services and further training facilities in questions of production techniques in agriculture and viticulture. The Oppenheim-based Service Centre has its main focus on the winegrowing, oenology and wine marketing sector.
Just a stone’s throw away, on the other side of the Rhine River, you can find the Geisenheim Research Centre. It enjoys an outstanding reputation both domestically and internationally as the German College of Viticulture. Many of the aspiring winegrowers from Rheinhessen graduated from here.
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