Roman aqueduct ruins from the 1st century in Mainz, Germany
By Jim Coppens
This day, April 17, we are at Gutenberg University (GU) in Mainz, Germany. Since we have no class to teach this day, we decided to ride our bikes from GU to see the Roman aqueduct ruins from the 1st century, which are a stone's throw from Campus. I researched and found a description at
Using Mapquest, "Untere Zahlbacher Strasse, Mainz" I found a map showing the pathway, and found an entrance at Backhaushohl to a pathway called 'An den Römersteinen' that starts at Backhaushohl and ends at Untere Zahlbacher Strasse. The pathway stretches for 400 meters alongside the ruins of the aqueduct. We rode our bikes down the gentle sloping path, then turned around and pedaled uphill back to GU. The ruins are very large and impressive, and at Untere Zahlbacher Strasse there is a sign with a description of the Aqueduct, and a drawing of what it looked like. As we passed into the campus I noticed more aqueduct ruins, right near where we started our bikeride! Later I found another URL with photos at
Don't miss this if you visit Mainz.
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