Historical city center


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  • Christ Church (view from the Neustadt)
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Nordwestlich der Altstadt und jenseits der breiten Kaiserstraße erstreckt sich die Mainzer Neustadt. Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts wurde sie auf dem einst "Gartenfeld" genannten Areal außerhalb der Festungsmauern von Mainz erbaut und verdoppelte auf einen Schlag das alte Stadtgebiet.

Dem Stadtbaumeister Eduard Kreyßig (1830-1897) verdankt die Neustadt ihr archi­tektonisches und städtebauliches Gesicht noch heute, obwohl sie der zweite Weltkrieg mit seinen Zerstörungen schwer traf. Viele der gründerzeitlichen Wohngebäude mit zum Teil prächtigen Fassaden sowie die weithin sichtbare Christuskirche sind aber immer noch erhalten.

The quarter of Neustadt or "New Town" is located to the north-west of the city centre, on the other side of Kaiserstrasse. This area just outside the city walls was first developed at the end of the 19th century on a site known as Gartenfeld. With this development the city doubled its size.

Although nearly razed to the ground during the Second World War, Neustadt is still dominated by a street layout and buildings designed by the city architect Eduard Kreyssig (1830-1897). Apartment blocks built during the Wilhelminian era featuring magnificent façades and Christ Church are among the original buildings that have survived to this day.

Over the last few years, new efforts have been made to rejuvenate Neustadt with due regard to its existing building stock and history. Buildings and sculptures by contemporary architects and artists – such as the Green Bridge by Dieter Magnus or St. Joseph's Church by Hugo Becker – contribute to the attractive streetscape of Neustadt.

The eye-catching Frauenlob Fountain on the Rhine promenade commemorates the life and work of Heinrich von Meissen, a minstrel known as "Frauenlob", who died in Mainz in 1318. The story goes that he was carried to his grave by the women of Mainz whom he had lauded in his songs and poems. On the banks of the Rhine, there are the customs port and river port sites, designated for redevelopment over the next few years. The first new buildings have already been completed, among them Kunsthalle Mainz with its impressive glass tower, and a former wine store that now serves as an office block.

Neustadt features many squares, residential streets, taverns and cafés as well as small shops and traditional trade workshops. It is also home to many social institutions of the city, and organisations involved in promoting the welfare of its citizens. At Synagogenplatz, we find the New Synagogue of Mainz, the centre of the local Jewish community.

In Neustadt, people born and bred in Mainz, students and immigrants from near and far live next door to each other. The many annual street parties held in Neustadt reflect the unique character of this vibrant quarter. Goetheplatz is the venue of the traditional Gaadefelder Kerb funfair and festival and plays an important role in the life of the Neustadt community. The area around Gartenfeldplatz has recently developed into a trendy nightlife district. During carnival, the legendary Rosenmontag parade actually starts in Neustadt, turning the quarter into one big street party.

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Open Jan 16, 2018 through Dec 31, 2029 from 00:00–23:45.


50.011372, 8.258372
50°00'40.9"N 8°15'30.1"E
32U 446862 5540158
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