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Mainz Cathedral

Beneath its six soaring towers, immerse yourself in over a millennium’s worth of history at the city’s opulent sandstone cathedral.

Find Mainz Cathedral, also known as Mainzer Dom or St. Martin’s Cathedral, in the city center. The towering structure is one of the most impressive examples of Romanesque religious architecture on the Upper Rhine. Since A.D. 975, the cathedral has stood sentry in Mainz. Unlike many other historic buildings in the city, it survived World War II with minimal damage.

Enter Mainz Cathedral through the Marktportal gate. Follow in the footsteps of archbishops and kings who also passed through the ancient arched doorway. During its inception, the archbishops of Mainz wanted to build a massive cathedral to represent their powerful influence in politics and religion. Mainz Cathedral became the coronation site of German kings and a powerhouse of the Roman Catholic Church.

Over time, various leaders in the city made their mark on the cathedral. Note a variety of architectural styles on display outside; in addition to its dominant Romanesque structure, it has Gothic chapels and bell towers, along with a Baroque roof.

Inside Mainz Cathedral, discover the tombs and funerary monuments of archbishops of the diocese. See an impressive collection of religious-themed art that spans a thousand years. Explore the cathedral’s central courtyard and its grounds, which are home to statues of St. Boniface and the Madonna.

Admire the many special features of Mainz Cathedral. Rather uniquely, it has double chancels. The eastern chancel was the venue for Mass, while the western chancel was saved for the bishop and other high-ranking figures. Spend some time in its breathtaking central nave, which sweeps nearly three stories high. Examine its colorful religious paintings designed by Philipp Veit, a Nazarene artist.

Step outside the cathedral and check out the quaint market square next door. Join Mainz residents on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday to purchase local foods, flowers and other goods in the market. If you visit in December, don’t miss the famously festive Christmas markets.

Finish your visit to Mainz Cathedral at Gotthard Chapel, next door. Inside the Gothic-style cloister, visit the Episcopal Cathedral and Diocesan Museum. Trace the cathedral through the years and learn more about Mainz and its religious history.

Popular Activities at Mainz Cathedral

Like to make your visit to Mainz Cathedral even more memorable? Remember to try one or two of these activities:

Want to experience this popular attraction in the best possible way? Then you must try out a Full-Day Tour of Wiesbaden & Mainz.

For many more activities, check out our Mainz City Center things to do page.


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Hilton Mainz ¥10,795
Hilton Mainz

Hilton Mainz

Rheinstrasse 68, Mainz, RP
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Mainz hotel is located on a river, within a 10-minute walk of Gutenberg Museum and Mainz State Theater. Augustinerstrasse and Fastnachtsbrunnen are also within 15 minutes. Mainz Römisches Theater Station is 14 minutes by foot and Wiesbaden Mainz Kastel Station is 15 minutes.

    Hilton Mainz City ¥10,214
    Hilton Mainz City

    Hilton Mainz City

    Muensterstrasse 11, Mainz, RP
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Mainz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fastnachtsbrunnen, Mainz State Theater, and Augustinerstrasse. Gutenberg Museum and Christ Church are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mainz Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Mainz South Station is 8 minutes.

      Hyatt Regency Mainz ¥12,678
      Hyatt Regency Mainz

      Hyatt Regency Mainz

      Templerstraße 6, Mainz
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Mainz hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of St. Ignaz Church, Gutenberg Museum, and Augustinerstrasse. Augustinerkirche and Kirschgarten are also within 10 minutes. Mainz Römisches Theater Station is 7 minutes by foot and Mainz Central Station is 22 minutes.

        IntercityHotel Mainz ¥7,640
        IntercityHotel Mainz

        IntercityHotel Mainz

        Binger Strasse 21, Mainz, RP
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Mainz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mainz Carnival Museums, Sanctuary of Isis and Mater Magna, and Fastnachtsbrunnen. Mainz State Museum and Church of St. Stephan are also within 15 minutes. Mainz South Station and Mainz Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          me and all hotel mainz ¥10,914
          me and all hotel mainz

          me and all hotel mainz

          Binger Straße 23, Mainz, RP
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Mainz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Christ Church, Gutenberg Museum, and Rheingoldhalle. Zollhafen Mainz and Opel Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mainz South Station is 5 minutes by foot and Mainz Central Station is 6 minutes.

            EJ9 Mainz Downtown
            EJ9 Mainz Downtown

            EJ9 Mainz Downtown

            Emmerich-Josef-Straße 9, Mainz
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Mainz, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Fastnachtsbrunnen, Church of St. Stephan, and Mainz Carnival Museums. Sanctuary of Isis and Mater Magna and Mainz State Theater are also within 10 minutes. Mainz Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Mainz South Station is 10 minutes.

              ibis Mainz City ¥8,147
              ibis Mainz City

              ibis Mainz City

              Holzhofstr. 2, Mainz, RP
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Ignaz Church, Augustinerstrasse, and Augustinerkirche. Kirschgarten and Gutenberg Museum are also within 10 minutes. Mainz Römisches Theater Station is only a 3-minute walk and Mainz Central Station is 22 minutes.

                Novotel Mainz ¥8,709
                Novotel Mainz

                Novotel Mainz

                Augustusstrasse 6, Mainz, RP
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Oberstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mainz Carnival Museums, Church of St. Stephan, and Fastnachtsbrunnen. Sanctuary of Isis and Mater Magna and Kirschgarten are also within 15 minutes. Mainz Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Mainz South Station is 9 minutes.