Capital of Carnival
Mainz on the Rhine, Mainz on the Main, Mainz as the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate directly on the border with Hesse - the city's location alone promises a broad variety of options. What's more, the city has a two thousand-year history dating back to its foundation by the Romans: there is so much to discover in Mainz. For example, a wander along the Rhine promenade from the H2 Hotel Mainz is an ideal stroll through the city, passing the Electoral Palace, the Baroque Parliament, the Rheingoldhalle and the modern city hall, which is officially listed as a cultural monument. The Rhine boats, which invite you to enjoy a boat tour on the river, also dock on the promenade. Further along the promenade you will also reach the old town with St. Martin's Cathedral and the pretty alleyways around Augustinerstraße. At the end of the shopping street is the so-called Kirschgarten, or ‘cherry garden’.
From the H2 Hotel Mainz it is not far to the Kunsthalle Mainz, which is also found right next to the customs port. International contemporary art is shown here, always with the aim of presenting and combining current topics in politics and society. For top quality cultural entertainment in the evening, it is worth reserving tickets for the Staatstheater Mainz. Various venues for dance, drama, music, opera and young theatre can be discovered at the Großes Haus location on Gutenbergplatz and the Kleines Haus location on Tritonplatz. Furthermore, a visit to the Landesmuseum Mainz, one of the oldest museums in Germany, is an ideal option. This important collection of art and cultural history can be found in the attractive Baroque setting of the "Golden-Ross Kaserne", the modern glass and steel annex buildings, and the electoral stables.
For families with children, the Museum of Ancient Seafaring, which is housed in a listed 19th century locomotive hall, is certainly exciting. Here you will learn all about ancient boats, from simple canoes to imposing battleships. The Natural History Museum is also a wonderful place to spend a few hours: it provides an extensive account of how Rhineland-Palatinate and its plant and animal life developed. In addition, there is a collection of minerals and demonstrations of today's animal world in recreated habitats. For film and TV fans, however, a visit to ZDF in Mainz Lerchenberg is worth the trip.
Situated south of the Taunus, Mainz is also ideal for excursions to the scenic wine-growing regions of the Rheingau. The historical and cultural landscape is characterised by flat sloping vineyards descending to the banks of the Rhine, picturesque villages and wineries. In addition, numerous churches and monasteries, castles and palaces, often with wineries or restaurants, invite you to take a visit. Worth seeing are Rüdesheim and its picturesque Drosselgasse streets, Eltville with its electoral castle and the Johanniskirche church, or Kiedrich, the wine village with two Gothic churches.
As the capital of Carnival, Mainz also has a highlight to offer in winter: the popular Mainz folk festival becomes a season all of its own, delighting with days of fabulous fun and celebrations throughout the night. District parades, parties, and of course the famous Shrove Monday Procession are an experience you won't forget. You can find out everything you need to know about this topic at the Mainz Carnival Museum! Experience a city with a long history, a modern city flair, a Rhineland joie de vivre and romantic vineyards, and stay overnight comfortably in the H2 Hotel Mainz!
The old town square with its houses from the 15th to 18th centuries is characterised by its half-timbered buildings. The pretty Kirschgarten fountain, constructed in 1932, bears a copy of the Harxheim Madonna and a relief of the Blasius Chapel, which formed the entrance to the Kirschgarten until 1803. The oldest house on the square is the house "Zum Aschaffenberg", built around 1500, but the petrified tree stump on the corner of the "Zum Beimburg" house is probably an oak stump rather than a cherry tree trunk.
ZDF Broadcasting Centre
During a guided tour of the ZDF broadcasting centre in Mainz Lerchenberg you can take an exciting look behind the scenes. A film about the history of the ZDF is followed by a tour of the site. The tours focus on the studios and television production or a dress rehearsal of the ZDF-Fernsehgarten TV show. The guided tours are free of charge, the minimum age for participation is 12 years.