Offenbach was first mentioned in an official document of 977. At the end of the 17th century, Huguenot refugees arrived in Offenbach, causing a considerable increase of the population. In the 18th century, leather manufacuries were opened in the city, which were going to influence the city's character until the end of the 20th century. In 1954 its population grew to more than 100,000 inhabitants. Today, Offenbach still has some industry, but it was hit hard when the leather industry moved its production sites abroad and other industries faltered, too. This caused high unemployment rates and social problems in the town. In recent years, a new creative scene has developed in Offenbach with bars, shops and clubs. The city is growing again as many people resettle from Frankfurt due to high housing prices there and the proximity of both cities. Demographic change is palpable particularly in the Nordend, Westend and the city centre. In fact, Offenbach is closer to downtown Frankfurt than many of Frankfurt's boroughs. As both cities Both are lined up on the Main, it makes a very pleasant trip by bike. Offenbach has the highest percentage of foreign residents in all Germany, which gives it an outspokenly international and multi-cultural character.
Due to its proximity to Frankfurt, Offenbach is an interesting option for visitors looking for cheaper places to stay in the Rhein-Main region.
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):
By train underground
Several lines will take you from Frankfurt to Offenbach City:
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
The Klingspor Museum 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 a
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.
Be wary of the youths loitering around Martin Luther Park. After their football 'accidentally' smashes into your face, that quiet kid sitting beside you will quickly leave- with your wallet or bag.