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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

10 sailing dates May 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg
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Koblenz

The Glacier Express and Sounds of the 60s and 70s

1 sailing date October 2021
11 Nights From Geneva, Switzerland, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Strasbourg

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

13 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Constanta

From the Black Sea to the North Sea

2 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
26 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Breisach

Christmas Time on the Rhine -Basel To Frankfurt

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Rudesheim

The Majestic Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

1 sailing date August 2021
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Zurich
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Berlin

Zurich & Lucerne with The Majestic Rhine

2 sailing dates July 2021
11 Nights From Zurich, to Berlin
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Bamberg

Medieval Germany from Mainz

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Mainz, Germany to Nuremberg
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Rhône Revealed Southbound

12 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Rudesheim

Lorelei in Flames - Koblenz

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Andernach
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Melk

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Andernach

Through the Valley of the Lorelei

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Andernach
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Boppard

Lorelei in Flames - Oberwesel

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Mainz

New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Lyon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

2 sailing dates June 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Budapest

Trans-European Cruise, Contrast Of Cultures

1 sailing date May 2021
13 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Bamberg

Vienna to Strasbourg

1 sailing date October 2021
8 Nights From Vienne, France to , Strasbourg
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Basel

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound)

12 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Speyer

Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2021
6 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Basel

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

47 sailing dates March 2021 to December 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
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