There’s a train that is easy and takes about 30 minutes. If you arrive in terminal 1, follow the signs to the trains. They should take you down an escalator and then there will be machines to purchase a ticket. If you arrive in Terminal 2, take the Sky Line train to Terminal 1 and then follow signs for the regional trains (Regionalbahnof). When purchasing a ticket towards Mainz Hbf, it will present you with the choice between “uber Frankfurt/Hbf” or “uber Russelsheim” and you want to choose “uber Russelsheim.” You will be taking the S8 to Wiesbaden VIA Mainz Hauptbahnof. You can also choose take a train to Mainz Kastel, however it will put you on the other side of the Rhine River and require a slightly longer walk to the city center.
We walked everywhere we went in Mainz!
The main train station allows you to easily access towns nearby. Some places you can take trains to include: Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Cologne, Bacharach, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin, etc. took the train to both Wiesbaden Rudesheim
Stay near the big church which is where the Marktfruhstuck is on the weekends. This gives you access to the main places you’d want to explore
Main market square in Mainz; there’s a big market here on Saturdays. In one part of it, people are outside drinking Weinschorle, which is essentially white wine and some sparkling water. It’s really good! Everyone is outside just chatting and hanging out.
Grab a drink on the Rhine river. In the summer, they have an area outside with sand, volleyball courts, chairs and tables lined along the river
Wander around the town and see the church in the city center and cute German buildings
Pretty large town next to Mainz. You can wander around, see the church, shop, or just hang out in the park
The cutest little German town, surrounded by vineyards at the bottom of a hill and along the Rhine.
Try a Rudesheimer Kaffe, an alcoholic coffee drink that was invented here. We had ours at Restaurant Graf von Rudesheim
Take the cable car up to the top of the hill. It goes over vineyards and gives gorgeous views of the town, river, and vineyards
Drosselgasse – cobbled street with numerous historic buildings, restaurants, bars and shops
Easy day trip from Mainz
Check out a Mainz soccer game!
Mainz is known for having one of the larger Rose Monday Carnival celebrations, with a mutli-hour parade, food and drink carts all around, and people drinking from the crack of dawn
We went to Dortmund, Germany where was watched Tottenham Spurs play Dortmund BVB for Champions League. The train trip takes about 3 hours if you can go direct or longer if you must switch
Day trip from Mainz
Quiet without a ton to do besides wandering around. There’s a few aspects to note if you want to check the boxes:
City has 2 levels, the upper level and lower level. The upper level is the old town and lower level has restaurants, bars, canals, etc
Le Chem de la Chorniche – Europe’s most beautiful “balcony” overlooking the old part of the city (can walk along the promenade up here for views)
Casemates du Bock – war caves (total of 23 km of underground tunnel networks – a few tunnels are open to the public)
Explore lower town of Grund – sits on the Alzette River
Nice views along the river and views up to the old town are pretty
Elevator from Old Town down to Grund
Passerelle – city’s old arched bridge
The oldest town in Germany, is a little town that doesn’t have much besides it’s main square (Hauptmarkt) and the Porta Nigra (city gates), but it’s a nice spot to stop for lunch and walk around
German town about 45 minutes away from Mainz by train. Very quiet little town, but has some beautiful viewpoints of the town and vineyards. There are also spots you can do wine tasting like Fritz Bastian. Nice quick afternoon trip to see something different
Take a boat down the river from one town to another in the summer. I haven’t tried this but seems nice!
Town about 1 hour by car away to spend a few hours and explore
Restaurant in town with a great Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
Good spot for Steak
Good restaurant in downtown Mainz
Restaurant right on the main square in Mainz with seating inside and outside. Nice terrace and upper level patio outside that overlooks the square
German restaurant with hardy German food; just grabbed a drink here
Great Italian restaurant for a nicer, true Italian meal
Another good Italian restaurant with a nice little outdoor area to sit
Another tasty Italian Restaurant
Italian restaurant, good for a quick bite for lunch as they cook your food right when you order
Spot for Doner / quick bite
Spot for currywurst; careful it gets really spicy if you select a high spice level!
Beer garden with awesome hummus and pretzels
Beer garden with really good French fries!
Bar in downtown Mainz
Walk downstairs outside and find this Irish bar in downtown Mainz with live music
Fun underground bar/club in Mainz. There’s a few different rooms, one with a dance floor, one for smokers, and one for just hanging near a larger bar. Really fun bar!
Alcoholic coffee drink from Rudesheim. Brandy and sugar cubes are added to a cup along with coffee, whip cream and some chocolate sprinkles. We had ours at Restaurant Graf von Rudesheim (this is in Rudesheim, not Mainz)
Restaurant in Wiesbaden that has good schnitzel (typical German dish that you have to try; it’s meat with a bread coding on the outside and served with different sauces)
Try Weinschorle! It is a German drink with carbonated water and wine. It’s really good! On Saturdays at the Marktfruhstuck, they have a few stands where people can get this drink and it feels like the whole city is out and about
Not a touristy city, which is really nice. You feel part of the community and will have the best time just exploring and wandering
There’s constantly events and festivals going on!