Mainz is the capital of the German state Rhineland-Palatine at the confluence of the river Main into the Rhine with about 200 000 inhabitants. It is the Western gateway to the Rhein-Main area - with about 5 million inhabitants the third-largest metropolitan area of Germany and one of the most dynamic ones in Europe. Mainz has been founded 2000 years ago by the Romans and played an important role in German history from the medieval times up to the 18th century. People, like St. Bonifatius, the "apostle" of the Germans, Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of movable type printing, and many prince-bishops, decisive electors of the German kings, left their marks in history and in the town. Countless tourists are attracted by the churches and nobel palaces, as well as by the numerous museums that reflect the art and the spirit of the ages. Today, Mainz features a mix of industrial strength, viticulture center (wine capital of Germany), public administration, culture and history, entertainment business (movie and television production, carnival stronghold, football), as well as science and education (Johannes Gutenberg University, the Max Planck Institutes for Polymer Research and for Chemistry, and other research institutes, academies, and higher education institutions). More information can be found on the

Official homepage of Mainz