Tourist Attractions

The Gutenberg Museum

Experience the history of printing, writing, and books in the Gutenberg-Museum. The Gutenberg-Museum, which lies opposite the cathedral in the heart of the old part of Mainz, is the largest of its kind in the world - takes its name from Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the moveable metal type printing technique that revolutionized publishing in the 15th century. The museum's important collections include printing equipment and printed materials, a copy of the famous Gutenberg Bible, and a faithful reproduction of the original printing house. Self-guided audio tours are available.

Mainz Cathedral

Mainz' St. Martin Cathedral dominates the skyline and has been the centre of the city for many centuries. The roots of the present building can be traced back to the year 975. However there has been a Cathedral in Mainz since at least the 6th century, probably even since the 4th century A.D.

After substantial fire damage in 1009 and 1081, the Cathedral was reconstructed in the 12th and 13th century giving it today's size and shape. Henrich IV. had an influence on the Cathedral's design as well as he did in Speyer. This explains the similarity in style of these two Cathedrals.

Romanesque is the dominating style, though Gothic/Neogothic (and even some Baroque) elements were added during later renovations and expansions. Though hit by a bomb in 1942, the Cathedral survived WWII pretty well and was quickly restored.

St. Stephen's Church

At just 10 minute walk from the course venue you find St. Stephan, the oldest Gothic church in Mainz and generally seen as the second most important church of the city – after the Cathedral. St. Stephan's was almost completely destroyed by bombing raids in the Second World War. The octagonal tower in the cloister threatened to topple down due to a crack reaching from top to bottom. It ultimately owes its salvation to the rebellious character of Mainz spirit, which persistently and successfully opposed the planned demolition.

St. Stephan is known for the nine stunningly blue stained glass windows created in the 1970s by Marc Chagall. The famous windows by Marc Chagall make St. Stephan's a tourist attraction which attracts visitors from all over the world every year. Colourful images from the Old Testament stand out from the dominating bright blue background. You will have to admit: a visual experience worth seeing.

Incidentally, Marc Chagall was 98 years old when he created the last of these nine windows shortly before his death. Some more windows were later finished by his scholars. Before you leave the church, don't miss out on a visit to the beautiful late-Gothic cloister. It is as if you're stepping into another world which doesn't exist in time. The peace and quiet that prevails here is almost palpable and has a relaxation spa-like effect.

Address: Kleine Weisgasse 12, Mainz
Website: http://www.st-stephan-mainz.de

The Iron and Wood Towers

In Rheingoldstrasse are two old towers that once formed part of the town's fortifications. The oldest of these, the Eisenturm (Iron Tower), was built in 1240 and took its name from the former Iron Market (Eisenmarkt) held nearby. Built as a watchtower and gateway into the city - it also served as a prison - it's now used for art exhibitions and community events. The Wood Tower (Holzturm), named after the wood stored next to it on the banks of the Rhine, was a more recent addition, its current Gothic appearance harks back to the 15th century. It also served as a watchtower, and today is home to a variety of community groups.

  • Address:Holzstraße 34,55116 Mainz

Tour of the Sparkling Wine Cellar Kupferberg

On Kupferbergterrasse, you have the wonderful opportunity to stop for while and enjoy the beautiful view of the city below. From here you can see the cathedral, the state theatre and even the Christuskirche church in Kaiserstraße. At the end of the terrace is the former Sektkellerei Kupferberg sparkling wine cellars with its seven storey cellar facilities. A visit is definitely recommended, however it is only possible with a reservation

Address: Kupferbergterrasse 19,55116 Mainz
Webiste: www.kupferbergterrasse.de