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Mainz River Cruises

About Mainz 

Sitting at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers, Mainz is an attractive and pleasant German city with a history dating all the way back to Roman times. It was this key location that led to the Roman settlement in the 1st century with a Roman fort built. It was one of the most northern parts of the Empire at the time, and it is a city with plenty of historical importance in the fields of both religion and industry. For this reason, Mainz is often included on many Rhine river cruise itineraries, along with longer sailings which explore both the Rhine and the Danube via the Main River. 

Exploring Mainz 

Mainz offers a number of landmarks and informative museums, along with plenty of places where you can enjoy a relaxed stroll at your leisure. Probably the most famous attraction in the city of Mainz itself is the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to the work of Johannes Gutenberg, the man who invented the first moveable type printing press and who lived and worked in the city. The museum is home to replicas of the original printing press along with the print shops where Gutenberg worked, spawning successful printers across Europe. It also looks at the works of the Far East at the time in printing, and there are exhibitions on the future of print and electronic books. Another unique museum is the Museum fur Antike Schifffahrt, or Museum of Ancient Sea Travel, which is home to replicas of Roman warships from the fifth century, the construction of which have been based on actual salvaged wrecks. 

It’s not just museums in Mainz of course. There are a number of churches offering interesting architecture, such as the Dom, otherwise known as St Martin Cathedral which has over 1,000 years of history and is home to a number of tombs of the city’s past archbishops. Though smaller, St Stephan’s Church is arguably more beautiful inside, thanks in part to its beautiful stained glass windows, while St Augustine’s Church is a hidden gem offering both a beautiful façade and baroque interior. 

Also, be sure to take a look at the Theodor Heuss Rhine Bridge, an impressive structure built in the 1950s after the original was destroyed during the Second World War. Dating much further back in time, the Roman Aqueduct is but a ruin now but offers a fascinating look at the city’s Roman heritage and dates all the way back to the first century. A little outside the city itself lies another popular historic structure, Burg Sooneck. Once belonging to the Prussian Royal Family, this atmospheric castle is an informative place to explore and also offers some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. 

Mainz tips 

If you want to sample a local delicacy while in port, then try a little Spundekase; a cream cheese which is whipped with cream and served with a favourite German snack, the pretzel. 

Mainz Itineraries

Bamberg

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

9 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2169pp
Heidelberg

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Dusseldorf, Germany to Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1679pp
Rudesheim

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

22 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

Includes flights and transfers. No single supplement special, prices from £1,889.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2089pp
Cochem

Strasbourg to Remich

4 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
8 Nights From Strasbourg, to Remich
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Mainz

Roundrip Strasbourg

1 sailing date July 2019
4 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £899pp
Trier

Strasbourg to Trier

3 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
4 Nights From Strasbourg, to Germany , Trier
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Strasbourg

Cochem to Strasbourg

4 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
3 Nights From Cochem, Germany to , Strasbourg
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Strasbourg

Antwerp to Vienna

1 sailing date April 2019
18 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium to Austria , Vienna
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Speyer

New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koblenz

Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2019
6 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Vienna

Strasbourg to Vienna

3 sailing dates April 2019 to May 2019
8 Nights From Strasbourg, to Austria , Vienna
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Strasbourg

The Rhine And Moselle Rivers

4 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
4 Nights From Strasbourg, to Germany , Cochem
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Nuremberg

Vienna to Strasbourg

2 sailing dates October 2019
8 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1039pp
Strasbourg

Roundrip Strasbourg

1 sailing date October 2019
3 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Amsterdam

Best of the Rhine Amsterdam to BAsel

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Cochem

Basel to Trier

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Trier
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Breisach

Rhine Christmas Market

1 sailing date December 2021
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4019pp
Bonn

Cologne to Frankfurt

10 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Frankfurt
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2419pp
Breisach

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany from Frankfurt

2 sailing dates December 2019
4 Nights From Mainz, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1659pp
Bamberg

Bavaria and the Alsace

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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