More than a thousand years old, this city on the river Main could call itself a metropolis since 1954. Jürgen Eichenauer was the leader of the city's story. The history of the city is recorded in detail in the archive and in the museum. Offenbach is a factory city and was a center of the leather industry. In truth, Offenbach is simply a friendly little town just outside the city of Frankfurt. People could call it the suburb of Frankfurt but Offenbach residents would never agree to that and like to think of it as its own entity. Both cities are lined up right next to the Main, which are perfect destinations to get to by bicycle. After Frankfurt, Offenbach has the highest population of foreign residents in Germany. Banking and service industries is what the city is dependent on for their continuity. Offenbach is just a friendly city that has a neighbourly atmosphere.
If you want to go to Offenbach, your best plan is to go to Frankfurt and then take either a car (or taxi), or the train.
Offenbach Hauptbahnhof (main station):
- Regional train (Regionalbahn), abbreviated RB 33 direction Hanau
By train underground
Several lines will take you from Frankfurt to Offenbach City:
- S-Bahn lines S8 and S9 direction Offenbach Ost or Hanau
- S-Bahn lines S2 direction Offenbach Ost or Dietzenbach
- S-Bahn line S1 direction Rödermark-Ober-Roden
- Tram lines 15 and 16 from Frankfurt, direction Offenbach Stadtgrenze
Bus Service gets you everywhere. Main Station for S-Bahn and Buses is Marktplatz. Ticket vending machines can be found at most bus station or just buy it from the bus driver (who can sell you 24h tickets, group tickets and tickets for the entire RMV-network.
To plan your trip with bus, S-Bahn or trains visit RMV
- Deutsches Ledermuseum (German Leather Museum), Frankfurter Straße 86, ☎ +49 69 8297980. About the history of leather as a material has many exhibits about the subject. Including shoes and hand-bags, this museum is perfect for women - while still holding enough items of interest for those who can not quite comprehend their fascination with such accessories.
- The Klingspor Museum, Herrnstraße 80, ☎ +49 69 80652954. a typography and type museum for modern book production.Opened November 7, 1953. It hold several exhibitions throughout the years. The collector Paul Ritter gave his Frans Masereel collection to the Klingspor-Museum, which represents a uniquely comprehensive exhibit of the work of this Flemish artist.
- Leonhard Eißnert Park. in 1911 it was still known as Waldpark by the 1960s it was still continued to be built. By 2001 a skatepark was built and by 2005 the redid the badminton fields.
- Kickers Offenbach (OFC). the biggest soccer stadium in Offenbach. The stadium belonged to the national soccer league for seven years. In 1970 they won the DFB cup and became second of the German soccer champions in 1950.
- Büsing-Palais, Berliner Str. 111, ☎ +49 69 829990.
- Schloss Isenburg.
- Rumpenheimer Schloss.
Shopping in Offenbach is really calm and friendly. They have Pedestrian Zones all along Frankfurterstrasse and Herrnstrasse making it easier for people to get around and see stuff without it being to overcrowded. Wilhelmsplatz a Farmers Market that is open every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings where everyone stops by to get fresh products and for every Saturday morning it is always exciting to find anything and everything at the Offenbach Flea Market.
Since Offenbach is a city with many immigrants, restaurants are very international.
- Ye Babam Ye, Geleitstraße 9. One of the superb kebab houses.
- Tri-Am, Biebererstrasse 84. best Vietnamese in town. No take-away fastfood.
- Pizzeria Tevere, Sprendlinger Landstrasse 61. Very good pizza by Italians.
- Cabana. Mexican.
- Leon Garcia's. Tapas bar.
- Restaurant Zo. trendy cafe next to the Sheraton that is under a glass pavilion and directly across the street from City Hall. Mediterranean specialties in a 60s atmosphere that is a great place to eat and enjoy breakfast, brunch, dinner, or just to hang out.
Very good restaurants can be found at the Wilhelmsplatz square.
- Zur Käsmühle, ☎ +49 69 78806980. German restaurant.
- King Kamehameha Beach Club. huge beach club with palms, deck chairs, bars, beach volleyball and live music on Thursdays.
- MTW: Club. Nordring 131: variety of music styles changing by the events, simply look it up on the website. This club located on the Main River and was a created for meeting halls but they could not meet the building costs. They decided to rent out the place to a group of people who created MTW, one of the biggest clubs in Offenbach with 3 levels of dancing all night.
- Robert Johnson. Nordring 131: very hip electro music club. Right next to MTW Club.
- Primus Line Main Ship Parties: Party Ship. The 'Yacht Club' in Offenbach. It is next to the Rowing Club right across the river from the castle. An amazing club with a great view. Especially during those hot summer days its a great place to me at.
- Sheraton Offenbach Hotel, Berliner Str. 111, ☎ +49 69 829990. Berliner Str. 111. Has a shopping centre close by and a spa, wellness and fitness are right inside of the hotel. The hotel offers 221 rooms and is connected to the historic Buesing Palais.
- Winter's Offenbacher Hof, Ludwigstraße 33-37, ☎ +49 69 829820. A cosy hotel with 74 rooms that is a friendlier and less expensive alternative compared to the Arabella Sheraton. It has above average reception services with a great bar. It's also only 5 min away from the central shopping centre.