Only after visiting this city, can I understand why Mainz is called a “pink city”. The entire city, old quarter, buildings, churches and bridges, are constructed from pink bricks.
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On the way from Frankfurt to Mainz by train with my friend, I could see the blue sky, peaceful spaces and trees changing their color in early autumn. After 30 minutes, the roof of the Mainz old church slowly appeared in my sight.
Our train stopped at the little station of Mainz, where we started to discover the city, which impressed me by how narrow its streets were right away. It was a little bit cold in the morning. We walked slowly in the light sunshine along small roads to the old quarter.
City coated with weddings
The romantic coat of Mainz is like a passionate fermenter to urge visitors to explore this lovely city. In Mainz, you will feel as if you were in the Germany of the 17th – 18th centuries. St. Martin, or Mainzer Dom, the highest building of the city is located in the old quarter. In front of the cathedral was a big square surrounded by antique houses.
In Mainz, you will see the perfect combination of antique architectural style and modern lifestyle. If you step inside aged buildings, you will easily see an array of classy offices, stores, restaurants and fashion shops.
St. Martin, the heart of Mainz, impresses visitors with its Gothic architectural style and a dome 32m high. This structure was sophisticatedly constructed and completed over 250 years ago. I was attracted by the clear crystal windows and a masterpiece of over 100 images about Saint Peter, a powerful symbol for Catholics at that time. When looking at the dome, I felt as if I was protected by God. The statue of a smiling angle also contributes to the fame of this church.
We passed by the stone bridge at the gateway of the city following the millions of footprints that used to step here for centuries. When we walked into the shopping center, I was amazed at the souvenir shops, in which some of them showcase their lovely products on the hall or in their windows. Even if you only drop by to have a look, shop owners will always smile to you and say “danke schön”, which means “Thank you”.
Germany is famous for skillfully crafted wooden toys. Dolls, musketeers, wooden jewelry boxes or statues of goddesses are displayed colorfully in stores that you can choose to make gifts. One of specialty items that most visitors to Germany choose are music boxes that are as small as matchboxes. You can choose among numerous music melodies such as Blue Danube or songs about spring or pieces from famous musicians. Each song is also the main decoration theme of the box.
After wandering around shopping streets, we take our chance to try a glass of German beer, traditional bread that has become a culture of German people, and tempting slices of bratwurst. Grilled bratwurst, salted bread, mashed potatos and salad served with a glass of beer is a popular menu of German people.
Romance by Rhine river
Our tour guide, Mathias, was a local guy who was born and grew up here. He knows and shared with us very clearly about the history of Mainz. We walked to the Rhine river, happened many historical events of the country happened. The Rhine river flows throughout the city and brings both serenity and peace to this landscape.
Mathias said that since his family used to live on the river bank, he had many special memories about this place. He used to play with his friends on the bank after school or watched swans with some girls. “Time may destroy anything but not this river that has witnessed many changes of the city”, said Mathias. For me, I felt as if the modern life with its bustle and hustle could not touch this ancient city.
The evening in Mainz was fabulous with yellow lights from ancient architectural structures sparkling in the dark sky. Sloping roads leading to the church as well as the central square were hidden in dark and light colors. Restaurants and stores were lit by candles and the city was filled with the sound of soft melodies played by some artists with their accordions in the streets. Here and there, couples walked hand in hand which made this atmosphere even more romantic than ever.
At the end of the day, we enjoyed an authentic German meal with Mathias’s family in the cold weather of autumn. I felt very lucky to have a chance to visit Mainz, the pink city of Germany.
+ Visa: In order to apply for a visa to Germany, you should submit your documents at the embassy of Germany in Hanoi. Website: http://www.hanoi.diplo.de/.
+ Itinerary: From Vietnam, you can take a direct flight to Frankfurt with a return ticket of Vietnam Airlines at 22 million VND. From Frankfurt, you can take a train to Mainz at HBF station in about 30 minutes. You can buy tickets at the station or at an automatic machine. It costs about 15 Euros/ticket.
+ Car renting: You can hire a car at the airport. Most cars are equipped with GPS which is easy for you to track the path.
+ Expenses: It is not very expensive to stay at Mainz. It’s about 15-30 euros/hotel room. A meal is priced about 10 euros. It costs about 30 million VND for a journey of 4 days in Germany.
+ Free ticket: Interestingly, when you buy a train ticket to Mainz (From any city), you will get free tickets for public transportation in this city.