Situated along the Rhine River, Mainz is known for its architecture, thriving university culture and illustrious history. The Mogontiacum archaeological site is an excellent starting point, where you can discover the city's Roman origins – and then learn about Mainz's role in the birth of the printing press at the Johannes Gutenberg Museum. Although several of the city's oldest buildings were destroyed during World War ll, you'll still be able to catch glimpses of the city's past at the 1,000-year-old Mainz Cathedral and the illustrious Stephanskirche.
During your time in Mainz, make sure to visit the Marktplatz area, where you’ll find many of the city’s best sites, including the cathedral, renaissance-era fountains and an array of food stalls. At Kirschgarten – one of the city’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, you’ll see traditional half-timbered houses dating back to the 14th century, while Schiller Square, the Rhinebank and the Augustinerkirche are also must-sees. If you’re feeling peckish, try Spundekäs – a salted dish of cheese and onion topped with pretzels.
Germany’s wine capital, Mainz, is home to many wineries offering tastings and distillery tours. The Rheinhessen region is known for its innovative production techniques, offering huge expanses of vineyards, renowned for producing the fruity aromas common to the riesling grape. To taste some of the region’s best wines, head to Weingut Heinz Lemb or Karthäuserhof, or visit the Weinhaus Wilhelmi in the city centre to enjoy a glass or two on the river banks.