Oct 17, 2022

End of the year highlights in Rheinhessen

Mainz and Rheinhessen offer plenty of highlights at the end of the year – find out more about them here.

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping – time to snuggle in and stay at home? Not necessarily. There are still plenty of things to do in Rheinhessen!

Fall-ing for local specialties and events
A bubbly treat: Federweisser in Mainz

The Federweisser sale of the winemakers of Mainz in the city centre
Credit: Landeshauptstadt Mainz

The Federweisser season is certainly something to look forward to. The winemakers of Mainz (“Mainzer Winzer”) serve it right in the city centre along with hearty dishes such as onion pie and lard sandwiches. But this is just one option of many to enjoy this bubbly treat. All over Rheinhessen wineries sell it, often also to go. The season usually comes to an end at the end of October.

By this time, there is a special event taking place in Mainz: the “Mantelsonntag” (Coat Sunday). Unlike any other Sunday the shops will be open on 30 October and invite to a stroll through the city. Around the same time the kick-off for another anticipated event takes place: “Mainz leuchtet” (Mainz lights up). As a cooperation between the city of Mainz, the city marketing and the Hochschule Mainz it aims to bring some brightness and optimism to often dark times. Students of the Hochschule Mainz have prepared an exhibition of their work on the communication within a city. It will be on display between 29 October and 5 November. The quite literal highlight, light installations and projections, will follow next year.

Furthermore, students can follow the invitation to book a place on the last “Weinexpress” (wine express) at the beginning of November. A bus will take them to different wineries awarded with Best-Of awards of the network – accompanied by one of the regional wine majesties.

Winter markets and mulled wine
Christmas market stalls at the foot of the Mainz cathedral

The Christmas market in Mainz at the foot of the cathedral
Credit: Kristina Schäfer

At the end of November, the attention turns to the advent and Christmas markets of the region. Some of them have unique backdrops, such as the castle in Ingelheim. Or how about a visit to the Nibelungen market in Worms? In Mainz, most of the city centre turns into a Christmas city: the “Winterzeit Märkte” (wintertime markets) and the “Weihnachtsdorf” (Christmas village) complement the Christmas market at the foot of the cathedral. There, festively decorated stalls offer craftwork, delicious food and the popular mulled wine.

For everyone who would like to enjoy mulled wine in a different setting, Herrgottsgarten offers a mulled wine hike. Equipped with torches it leads along the “Roter Hang” in Nierstein, a unique vineyard formation. Warm soup and Christmas songs and poems round off the experience.

In essence: there are many options for both visitors and residents of Rheinhessen to end the year actively.

Learn more


Christmas market in Mainz

Mulled wine hike (in German)