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Mainz #2

Das Hessische Mainz

Hessian Mainz, as I like to call it, is full of memories. In this post I will tell you about my favorite places, why AKK belongs to Wiesbaden although Mainz is part of the name, what home means to me and why I want to move back after years of absence. 5 years ago, for example, things looked quite different. But before I start with my favorite corners, here is some knowledge about AKK.

Mainz-Kastel, -Kostheim and -Amöneburg were in the American occupation zone after the Second World War, while Mainz was in the French occupation zone, as the Rhine represented a natural border for the allied victorious powers. As a result of these circumstances, the AKK districts were administratively assigned to the city of Wiesbaden in 1945, which many citizens and local politicians did not want to accept. As a result of this assignment, the AKK districts have belonged to Hesse since the founding of the federal states in 1946, while Mainz belongs to Rhineland-Palatinate. The three districts still play a special role today, which can be seen, among other things, in the fact that their place-name signs bear the inscription “Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden – Stadtteil Mainz-Kastel” (or “Mainz-Amöneburg” and “Mainz-Kostheim”).


As I said, AKK is full of memories. It all began in the settlement on the Königsfloß. At that time the settlement still belonged to the railroad (my grandfather had worked for the railroad) and until today there are corners like the stone wall which have not changed at all. Others, like the climbing frame that stood in front of my grandma’s house, have disappeared.

Nearby is the WLS, my old school. There I was also in the Tanz- und Theater AG until I moved to Cologne. Also my deceased aunt went to school in the 70s. Unfortunately she died before she could finish her high school diploma. From the WLS, you follow the Steinern Straße towards Paulusplatz. As a child the street seemed endless and I could hardly imagine that my grandfather used to walk down this street to the train station every morning.

In the Reduit behind the train station on the banks of the Rhine I was often in my youth. The bank of the Rhine did not have a beach chair at that time and it was hardly maintained. In the meantime a lot has changed. Not far away on the Maaraue we often spent the last day before the vacations and on the hot summer days we went to the outdoor pool.

In the past I also liked to go into the field. In the meantime there is a school and many houses around the Ratsherrenweg. When my family moved to the settlement Am Königsfloß for the first time in the 70s, the field was directly behind the settlement. Even the road had to be built first. We still have a lot of pictures of my aunt with her dog Issy. But what is home for me now? Home means for me the feeling of being at home without living there. The feeling of butterflies in my stomach every time I take the train to the station. My home is Mainz as well as Langen (Hessen). Therefore I often say the Rhein-Main area. No matter where I am in my life, I will always have this connection to my home. Unfortunately I will probably not be able to go to Mainz this year. On the one hand, there is the care of my grandma and Corona, as well as my possible one within Remscheid. As I wrote in my Quarantine Post, it is not yet safe but reasonable. In the map I have marked some of my favorite places. If you are in the area, you can mark / link me to Instagram.

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