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The diverse range of museums in the region surrounding Eberbach Abbey has something for everyone, whether it's the gruesome story of medieval torture in Rüdesheim, the history of the printed word in Mainz or the famous stretch of museums along the bank of the Main in Frankfurt.
Medieval Torture Museum in Rüdesheim
This 1,000 m² museum in an old vaulted cellar houses exhibits on the legal system in the Middle Ages and documents the period of witch-hunts in Germany. Visitors can see 144 implements used for torture together with a comprehensive exhibition of pictures along with drawings and etchings of gruesome scenes from the age of the Inquisition.
Gutenberg Museum, Mainz
The Gutenberg Museum is famous around the world as the leading museum specialising in the history of the printed word. Founded by the citizens of Mainz to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg's birth, the museum pays homage to the man who invented the printing press. The museum's valuable collection includes his acclaimed 42-line bible.
Frankfurt's museum embankment
On the Sachsenhausen stretch of the main embankment there are 10 museums that were renovated or built from scratch between 1980 and 1990 by acclaimed architects. The Städel Institute of Art, the German Film Museum, the Museum for Applied Arts, the Museum of Ethnology and the Communications Museum are particularly highly regarded. On Römerberg square there is also the Schirn Kunsthalle, one of Europe's leading art galleries.
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