The Rhineland-Palatinate capital Mainz has around 200 000 inhabitants and lies directly on the west bank of the Rhine. The city owes its title of "City of Science 2011" to its university, its colleges, the associations and educational institutions. The city started developing into a media hub when ZDF (Second German Television) settled in Mainz. Other television networks include 3Sat and SWR (Southwest Broadcasting). The economic structure is predominantly characterised by medium-sized companies.
Mainz is also known across Germany as a carnival hotspot. The first such activities took place as early as the 16th century in the regional capital – a tradition that the people of Mainz still maintain today.
Plenty of lines (32, 33, 61, 62, 501, 502, 901, 902, etc.) run from the main railway station to the station Holstenbrücke/Bootshafen, which is near to Holstenstraße. From this stop, it is only around 100 metres to the KERN office at 22 Holstenstraße.
From all directions, follow the signs to Fähren (ferries) and Hauptbahnhof (main railway station).
From Hamburg or Flensburg (A7/A215), turn right at the end of the motorway (A215/A7) towards Lübeck (B76/B404). From the B76, take the exit marked "Zentrum/Fähren" (centre/ferries) and head towards the centre. Continuing straight on, you will then reach the street Sophienblatt.
The main railway station is on your right-hand side. You can park here in the central bus station car park.
Turn right down Holstenstraße, which is parallel to Sophienblatt, and follow the road for around 800 metres (about a 10 minute walk) until you reach number 22 on the left-hand side of the high street. Or by bus via Bahnhof – Holstenbrücke/Bootshafen (main railway station – Holstenbrücke/boat harbour). See arrival by public transport.