Mainz | Rheinhessen

June 23, 2017 to June 26, 2017

"Johannisnacht" is one of the yearly event highlights in the calendar. It is celebrated in remembrance of Johannes Gutenberg, the famous inventor of the printing press with moveable type. Four days long there is a great atmosphere in the centre of Mainz. Free entry on all days!

The traditionel printers' baptism is practiced since the 16th century. The merry printers' baptism, the so called "Gautschen", is a traditional highlight of the Johannisnacht (24th of June, 2017). Since the 16th century assistants have been submerged in a barrel filled with water symbolising a release of the years of apprenticeship as well as the removal of lead dust. This tradition is still celebrated on Johannisnacht Saturday, in historical costumes on stage at Liebfrauenplatz. Today the apprentices are usually digital media designers who have just finished their apprenticeship.

A firedrake and a dancing sceleton as well as Caribbean steeldrum sounds and medieval flair with "Donner Trummel": At 50th Johannisnacht street artists stroll through the alleys of Mainz. The Belgian combo "Les Contes d'Asphalt" impresses with its fairy-tale puppet theatre - a premiere in Mainz. "Sunshine Coconuts" create Caribbean flair with their steeldrums. Besides the audience is transferred back to medieval times by "Donner Trummel" .

"Wine is Art" is the motto of the Wilmshof, a small winery in Selzen, a wine village south of Mainz. It describes exactly what Katrin and Tobias Mohr won the Great Wine Capital Art and Culture Award 2017 for: A unique fusion of the art of wine making with the arts itself, celebrating a "new aesthetics" and an holistic approach, as the jury enthused. No wonder when the winemaker is an artist and his wife an interior designer. "This is our second vocation", Katrin Mohr says with a smile.

Pauser's Quartier in Flonheim, in the heart of Rheinhessen, is a place where modern architecture meets wine-caressing traditions. Here, they serve spicy Syrahs as good as sweet Kerner whites – and while rooted firmly in the soil, they reach for the stars of wine-making.  Pauser earned the Great Wine Capital Best of Wine Tourism Award in 2017 in the category of Architecture & Landscapes.

Since 2012 the banks of the Rhine between Kaiserplatz and Theodor Heuss Bridge turn into a wine paradise for four days. Enjoy exciting wines and delicious specialities in a wonderful atmosphere. Notable winemakers of the region are looking forward to presenting their products to wine lovers. About 60 wine companies are expected this year.

Numerous restaurateurs take care of the physical well-being of the visitors offering all sorts of local specialities. The programme is rounded off with live music on four different stages (Kaisertor, Raimunditor, Schlosstor and Theodor-Heuss-Brücke) every evening till 11 p.m..


Event location: Rheinufer/Höhe Theodor-Heuss-Brücke, D-55116 Mainz

January 28, 2017 to January 29, 2017

Exceptional, full of taste and very delicious!

Once again you can find the Original Food Festival team in the beautiful location of the Halle 45.
Right at the beginning of 2017 more than 30 booths will sell freshly cooked, baked, smoked or grilled delicacies. Here you are invited to enjoy good and real food in a great atmosphere without paying any entry fee. Fresh buns are baked, the tasty curry dishes smell enticing, sweets are fried and Italian cheese melts above the hot charcoal.
Freshly made right in front of the guests. There is always more to see!

The Original Street Food Festival will take care of culinary diversity. Musical entertainment is also provided. Children can spend their time in a children’s play area as well as with several kids activities.
Start to feast and discover new food. Enjoy the taste!

February 23, 2017 to March 1, 2017

"Fassenacht", or carnival – the famous fifth season and the celebration that out-parties all others. Carnival means wonderful days and all-night parties, dinners in fine halls with political speeches and "Kokolores"(gobbledegook), costumed balls and the huge Rosenmontag parade through the city centre.

Carnival’s origins stretch right back to the 16th century, while the first carnival societies were founded in Mainz in the 19th century.

But carnival is also part of the city’s history – a phenomenon of cultural history that has made this carnival centre famous far beyond the boundaries of the city thanks to the well-known television show "Mainz bleibt Mainz, wie es singt und lacht".

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Hidden at the back of a row of tiny alleys lies the Landhotel Strubel-Roos with its ages old vinery at the side – a truly unique experience of hospitality in the heart of Rheinhessen.

The Bernhard Räder estate - where history, art, hospitality and sustainability come together in Rheinhessen.

Eppard in der 100 Guldenmühle

The award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices goes to the Restaurant Eppard in der 100 Guldenmühle at Appenheim. In a picturesque setting, a historic flour mill, over 150 years old, is nestled within a reconstructed old mill complex. At the convergence of no fewer than eight regional hiking and bicycle trails, this restaurant offers local and Mediterranean cuisine to accompany wines from Appenheim and the region. Sustainability and quality are not merely pervasive in the restaurant’s choice of produce, but also in the preservation of the basic building structure and its regional Rheinhessen character. Reason enough for the jury to honor Eva Eppard’s commitment with a Best Of Award.


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