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Mainz Guide


Mainz is located on the left bank of the Rhine and is at the heart of Germany’s wine producing region. It attracts visitors who want to explore the Rhine valley and also draws them in with its charming Aldstadt. Explore Mainz and its outer areas by opting for car hire during your stay. We offer cheap deals on car hire in Mainz, so book today for the best offers. There are so many sights to see, and with car rentals you'll get to see all of them and more.

Explore Mainz

The major sight in Mainz is St Martin’s Cathedral (975 AD). Its six towers loom majestically over the town. The impressive and vast cathedral also hosts the Diocesan Museum, which displays religious works of art, and a thousand-year-old crypt with a gold reliquary of the saints.

The Landesmuseum Mainz is also worth a visit; it contains, among other exhibits, Roman tombstones of legionnaires from the 1st century and the towering Column of Jupiter from the same era.

To fully appreciate the town, take a walking tour of the compact Aldstadt. The medieval area has been lovingly restored and half-timbered houses nestle in the Gothic cathedral’s giant shadow. This district also contains the shopping boulevard of Am Brand, home to many chic stores.

Mainz is a delight for shoppers and you’ll find shops selling everything from trinkets to designer brands. The Krempelmarkt Flea Market is also worth visiting. As you’d expect from a city situated in this region, the wine selection in restaurants is extensive and the food has a healthy French influence too.

The Rheingau region surrounding Mainz draws visitors with its natural beauty as well as its wine. Nearly every town and village from Wiesbaden to Assmannshausen, no matter how small, is a major wine producer. Both the people and the towns tend to retain a cheerful ambience.


By air
Frankfurt International Airport is the closest Airport to Mainz. Transport options are in abundance, including shuttle buses, taxis, trains and car rentals.

Car hire
Car hire in Mainz is the most popular option to get around. Suppliers operating from Frankfurt Airport in terminal 1 are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. In Terminal 2 are Advantage Rent A Car, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty. Book cheap car hire in Mainz online today using our quick and easy price comparison website. We offer cheaper prices than at the airport, with over fifty suppliers all with a great selection of vehicles to choose from.

By car
If you decide to opt for car hire then take the A60 west to get to Mainz. If you are coming by car from the south take the A63, and from the north the A643.

By train
Trains operating from the airport (S-14 train) travel via Wiesbaden to the center of Mainz. The express train taking approximately 25 minutes from Frankfurt to Mainz; while the S-Bahn arrives in 40 minutes. If you wish to take a trip to Cologne then trains leave Mainz every two hours.


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