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Mainz -Old Town - r.g. photo

“When it comes to Mainz, two things are worth mentioning. One is very well known, the other less so. It is well known that Mainz has a special relationship with printing since it was in this city that Johannes Gutenberg (1390 – 1468) the inventor of book printing, was born and died.

What is less well known is that Mainz has a special relationship with vineyards, and old engravings depicting the city show that not all the precious land enclosed by the city walls was occupied by buildings – a fairly large area was left aside for vineyards. It is not too unusual to see an old city surrounded by vineyards, but rare indeed to see them grown inside the city walls.

Beneath the ruined citadel of Mainz is perhaps the world’s smallest vineyard: a tiny plot with just a couple of rows of vines, each planted by an artist or statesman. Wine cellars can also be found around the edges of the city center. The old city vineyards were gradually lost to road and building construction, but the wine cellars survived even the bombing of World War Two, and some viticulturists still make, store, and mature wines from more distant vineyards in this century- or centuries-old cellars. Above the cellars are comfortable, modern houses with attractive balconies. And believe me, in the center of Mainz, in the excellent micro-climate of a two-hundred-year-old cellar, some fantastic local Rieslings are produced. Real ‘urban wines’, they are light and bubbly, and go down easy but leave a lasting impression.”

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Germany - Mainz - 450 years old pharmacy (Löwen Apotheke) - not in operation anymore - r.g. photo

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Mainz - Cathedral -r.g. photo

Destination in brief


Mainz is located in central west Germany at the confluence of the river Main with the Rhine, opposite south of the city of Wiesbaden, Hesse's capital.

Population (in 2020): 185,000

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Mainz - Market square - i.d. photo

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Mainz - St. Martin's Cathedral - r.g. photo

Mainz Cathedral - interior - r.g. photo

Mainz - Cathedral - m.p. photo

Mainz - The Gutenberg Museum - an old museum of printing - r.g. photo

Mainz - The Wood Tower (Holzturm) a mediaeval tower - r.g. photo

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