Home to 118,000 residents, it is conveniently very near to Frankfurt and easy to get to via a number of motorways close to each other and a dense public transport system. Frankfurt airport, which is 15 kilometers away, takes just 28 minutes to get to by S-Bahn (a suburban train).
Offenbach isn’t just attractive as a location for international exhibitions and other events, but also as a leisure city with a high recreational value. Situated directly on the south bank of the Main River, it is an excellent starting point for bicycle tours to Frankfurt or towards the southeast. The idyllic award-winning Main Bike Path runs from the city centre to Rumpenheim Castle, which boasts a landscaped English garden that kings once frequented. The Lili and Büsing parks in the middle of Offenbach, which Goethe is said to have enjoyed as early as 1775 in the same place, are also ideal for a romantic stroll. In addition, those visiting the city centre will discover other historic structures such as Isenburg Castle, which is classed as a notable building from the Renaissance and used by the famous Offenbach University of Art and Design today. Büsing Palace is an impressive Neo-baroque “city palace”.
A “weather city” and home to the German Meteorological Service’s headquarters, Offenbach has a unique 20,000m2 weather park which entices people to take a trip into the nearby countryside by explaining weather phenomena and their scientific backgrounds clearly and simply to visitors in the form of an educational entertainment park. Not far from the park there is a high-ropes course for thrill-seeking adventurers.
A culinary trip to the Wilhelmsplatz is the perfect way to end any activity in Offenbach. Three times a week, there is also a popular market in the restored historic centre, while the Kopfsteinpflasterplatz is home to a variety of restaurants and offers visitors the opportunity to go on a gastronomic world tour. In the summer in particular, days here are often concluded with Hessian specialities or delights from other countries.
If you’re interested in culture, it is worth visiting Offenbach’s world famous museums, two of which are the Klingspor-Museum for Modern International Book Art, Typography and Calligraphy and the German Leather Museum, which has footwear dating back 4000 years. Among other things, the Haus der Stadtgeschichte (Museum of City History) documents lithography developments which play an important role in Offenbach’s economic history. In addition, the city is known for creativity and is home to many artists and designers who regularly open their galleries and studios to the public. Finally, Offenbach has a very full festival and event calendar throughout the year.