Mainz is a city near to Frankfurt in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of western Germany. The broad expanse of the Rhine River runs through the centre of the city giving Mainz a sense of space and serenity. Mainz seems to have had a startling effect on history for the last thousand years; the city is home to a series of famous churches and was the birthplace of Guttenberg, founder of the modern printing press. Car hire in Mainz is popular due to nearby Frankfurts enduring popularity and the fact that it stands at very crossroads of Western Europe. Hiring a car in Mainz is available from Rhein-Main Airport and Mainz itself.