Ye Olde Travel Guide: Mainz 1455

Tom Harper gives you the insider lowdown on a trip to Mainz, where a new invention called the printing press is causing quite a stir

Illustration by Jonty Clark.

This article was first published in the January 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Mainz (pop. 6,000) is a wealthy city on the Rhine, with a past that goes back to Roman times. Plague and politics have recently dimmed its former glories, but with the invention of the printing press by local boy Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz looks set to enjoy a bright future at the heart of a high-tech cluster which some analysts have dubbed ‘Lead-Tin Valley’.

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