Jan 14, 2022

The highlights of Mainz and Rheinhessen

A place of history and innovation, enchanting landscapes, big and lively events: discover the highlights of Mainz and Rheinhessen!
The best of both worlds: Rheinhessen

The “land of thousand hills” invites outdoor-fans with more than 290 kilometres of first-class hiking trails and a variety of cycling paths. Be it a cycling tour along the Rhine terraces or through the vineyards – the choice is yours! The hiking trails will lead you past vineyards and offer many options for refreshments. Whether close to nature and challenging on the Hiwwel tours, leisurely from wine village to wine village on the RheinTerrassenWeg or genuinely Rheinhessian on one of the themed hiking trails: There is something for everyone and every fitness level.
Likewise, wine lovers can also pick and choose: With its 26,600 hectares of vineyards, Rheinhessen is Germany’s largest winegrowing region and more than 2,800 wineries are located there. It also looks back on over 2,000 years of tradition. The new generation of winemakers are now starting to mix things up. They produce excellent wines with commitment, expertise and self-confidence.

Mainz: state capital with heart…
The Roman theatre in Mainz

The Roman theatre in Mainz
Credits: Landeshauptstadt Mainz

Mainz is a dynamic city full of history and tradition. Traces of the Romans are virtually everywhere. There is for example the “Isis Sanctuary” in the “Römerpassage”, the “Roman theatre”, close to the southern train station, or the “Drususstein” (Drusus stone) and “Drususwall” (Drusus wall). Not to mention that the Jewish community in Mainz is one of the oldest in the German-speaking cultural area. Traces go back as early as the 10th century. It gained fame through the work of its scholars, who made Magenza, along with Schpira (Speyer) and Warmaisa (Worms), a religious and cultural centre of Judaism in the Middle Ages. In 2021, the Unesco World Heritage Committee decided to include the network of these important sites on the World Heritage List.

Equally important are the innovations “made in Mainz”, such as the book press invented by Johannes Gutenberg or the vaccine against Corona. With the status as city of science and media, Mainz becomes more and more important as business and science location.

Most importantly, however, it is the people that make Mainz so special. Openness, sociability and a zest for life are a given for them. Thus, you can be sure to expect a warm welcome!

… and a knack for events!

Mainz is also a city of festivities and hopes to live up to this reputation again this year – if the Corona situation permits it, of course. Carnival in its usual form with big parades and street carnival will not take place in 2022; but there are still other events to look forward to.

Fireworks over the river Rhine

Fireworks during Johannisnacht festivities
Credits: Carsten Costard

Among the biggest of them is the “Johannisnacht” (St. John’s Night Festival). Every year around the 24 June, Mainz celebrates its arguably best-known son – Johannes Gutenberg. Presentations and a diverse programme for everyone turn the whole city into a fairground. “Gautschen”, the traditional cleansing of printers apprentices, is an integral part and a spectacle to watch. Four days of festivities end in a magnificent firework display along the banks of the Rhine.

With a family festival, a street food court, wine villages and another magnificent firework display, the Mainz summer lights are another highlight of the summer months.

The wine market in Mainz

Cosy atmosphere at the wine market in Mainz
Credits: Carsten Costard

Another chance to enjoy a diverse programme, delicious food and regional wines is the traditional wine market in August/September. For two weekends, the city park becomes a festival ground and both young and old can enjoy the busy yet relaxed atmosphere. Arts and craft presentations, wine walks and a children’s programme – there is something for everyone. The Great wine capital village rounds this off and invites international flair to the market.

In addition to the annual festivities, another big event casts its shadow ahead. On occasion of the 75th birthday of Rhineland-Palatinate, the state festival “Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag” will take place in Mainz. From 20 May to 22 May, cities, counties, clubs, artists and craftspeople present the rich diversity of the state culminating in a big parade on Sunday.

Whenever you choose to visit the city and region: There is always something going on and loads to explore – a warm welcome is guaranteed!

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Cycling in Rheinhessen

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