The Hotel Alina is located in Mainz-Kastel, between the cities of Mainz and Wiesbaden. It’s the perfect base for exploring the region, with its wide range of cultural activities, long history, and beautiful surroundings. If you approach us from Mainz, over the Theodor Heuss Bridge, you’ll see the Reduit fort and the Schönborn bastion on the banks of the Rhine.
Mainz-Kastel is the historical bridgehead of the city of Mainz. It is located on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite the Old Town and 1 km below the confluence of the Rhine and the Main.
The Reduit fort, built alongside the Rhine in 1832–33, was designed to defend the floating bridge across the river. It is flanked by the Schönborn bastion, named after Archbishop Johann Philipp von Schönborn of Mainz. Today the bastion houses not only a display of pictures and tools, but also an excellent restaurant. Next to it you’ll find a beach bar called Sonnenstrand, with everything you need to relax: soft sand, comfortable sun loungers, chill-out music and plenty of cold drinks. It’s a great place to enjoy the waterside views and sunsets after a busy day.
If you’re feeling sporty, the paths along the Rhine are perfect for cycling, walking or jogging. And if you’re into history, we recommend a boat trip. The mid-Rhine between Mainz and Cologne boasts numerous romantic castles and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mainz-Kastel is just a 15-minute bus ride from Mainz (the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate) and Wiesbaden (the capital of Hesse). A taxi ride costs about 10 euros. Both Mainz and Wiesbaden are cultural centres in their own right. Mainz preserves much of its medieval heritage, at the heart of which is St. Martin’s Cathedral, which was built in 975 as a seat for the Bishop of Mainz. It is also the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of modern book printing. The spa town of Wiesbaden, on the other hand, is a child of German Classicism. In the 19th century it became popular among royal households and wealthy citizens who left a legacy of many impressive public buildings and parks, including the Kurhaus (1907), the State Theatre (1894), the Market Church (1853 to 1862) the Ring Church (1894) and the Kurpark.
With their large pedestrian areas, Mainz and Wiesbaden are a shopper’s paradise. And the countless bars and nightclubs offer something for everyone, from students to business executives.
If you want to venture further afield, Frankfurt is less than 30 km away. Germany’s banking and financial hub is easy to reach by car and public transport.