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Mainz, Germany

Stepping off your cruise vessel, the first thing you're likely to notice about Mainz is its lively atmosphere, which the cosmopolitan locale can thank its sizable university for. Your first instinct may be to rush to the famed Romanesque cathedral Dom St Martin or the Gutenberg Museum - both excellent attractions.

But first, take an hour or so to walk along the Rhine a little, appreciating the atmosphere and sampling local wines where appropriate in the half-timbered old town taverns. These are just as essential to your visit as experiencing the famed attractions.

From the ethereal windows in St Stephen's Church to the first printed bibles on display at the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz is full of little treats that will enhance your visit and make it all the more worthwhile as a destination. Discovering these is easily one of the highlights of visiting Mainz, so keep an eye out for such titbits.

Mainz, Germany

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