Mainz / Germany
Mainz (nearly 200,000 inhabitants) is located opposite the mouth of the River Main on the Rhine, is the federal state capital and at the same time the largest city in the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Mainz is home to a university, a diocese as well as several TV and radio stations, and sees itself as a stronghold of the Rhenish Carnival.In the downtown area as well as in individual suburbs Mainz has an increasingly metropolitan influence. In other suburbs (for example, Drais or Finthen) the village character remained largely intact. In the city center itself also many other elements of urban design have been preserved. Yet clear of the medieval and early modern cityscape reminds today's "old town" with its narrow streets and alleys around the Augustinerstraße. There are half-timbered houses even today. Large parts of the historic old town, especially north of the Ludwig Street were damaged during WWII and later demolished and modernly rebuilt.
In Mainz there is a wealth of attractions. Many churches, museums, fountains and monuments. The most important are the cathedral, the Electoral Palace, the State Theatre, the Citadel, the Carnival Fountain and the Gutenberg Memorial.