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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

Breisach

The Majestic Rhine & Berlin: Basel - Berlin

4 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Berlin, Germany
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2479pp
Breisach

Zurich - Lucerne & The Majestic Rhine

4 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
10 Nights From Zurich, to Frankfurt
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2689pp
Berlin

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine: Berlin - Basel

4 sailing dates September 2022 to September 2023
9 Nights From Berlin, Germany, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2189pp
Mainz

The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

4 sailing dates September 2022 to September 2023
10 Nights From Frankfurt, to Zurich
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2439pp
Mainz

Christmas Time on the Rhine: Frankfurt - Basel

1 sailing date November 2023
4 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1299pp
Frankfurt

Wines of the Moselle Cruise from Frankfurt

1 sailing date August 2022
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt
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Berlin

Berlin & Wines of the Moselle Cruise

1 sailing date August 2022
9 Nights From Berlin, Germany, to Frankfurt
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1839pp
Trier

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
14 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2879pp
Rudesheim

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Frankfurt
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3199pp
Cochem

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Basel

3 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Mainz
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2349pp
Bernkastel

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Frankfurt

3 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2749pp
Trier

Legendary Rhine & Moselle from Bernkastel

5 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Bernkastel, to Berlin, Germany
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1939pp
Berlin

Berlin & Legendary Rhine & Moselle from Berlin

5 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
9 Nights From Berlin, Germany, to Bernkastel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1939pp
Rudesheim

Majesty of the Middle Rhine for solo travellers

1 sailing date August 2022
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koln

The Rhine and Moselle for solo travellers

1 sailing date July 2022
13 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Strasbourg

The Rhine and the Glacier Express from Geneva

2 sailing dates September 2022 to October 2022
11 Nights From Geneva, Switzerland, to Amsterdam
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Heidelberg

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg from Cologne

2 sailing dates November 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1849pp
Bamberg

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Budapest to Cologne

3 sailing dates October 2022 to July 2023
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Cologne

Incldues flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £2549pp
Rudesheim

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

11 sailing dates August 2022 to November 2023
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2439pp
Heidelberg

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

20 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1519pp

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