Despite its proximity to Frankfurt, Offenbach on the Main river is starkly different to its much larger neighbor. In fact, the two cities share a healthy rivalry that comes to a head in the “Mainderby,” when the two city’s football teams compete. Offenbach is a multicultural city with less of the glitz and glamour that Frankfurt has become known for, offering a more down-to-earth urban experience. While there are elegant quarters in Offenbach, its industrial origins have defined its aesthetic.
With a population so diverse that it boasts more than 50 percent non-German backgrounds, Offenbach is a fascinating place to experience other cultures. Dine at Turkish grills, Italian trattorias and Polish delis around the city. Listen as prayer bells ring out across the city center as you explore its streets.
Learn about one of the city’s major industries at the German Leather Museum where handbags, shoes and belts of various periods can be seen. Those with an interest in design will love the Klingspor Museum, a museum of typography used in book production. A number of traditional historic sites can be found in Offenbach, including the Isenburger Schloss and Rumpenheim Palace. Visit the 19th-century Westend Quarter to see historic architecture and quiet streets.
Take in a football match at Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, the city’s largest stadium. If you’re in town for a match between Kickers Offenbach and archrivals Frankfurt you will be guaranteed a lively event.
Spend a day shopping on the pedestrianized areas of Frankfurterstrasse and Herrnstrasse. On Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays visit the farmers market at Wilhelmsplatz to pick up local produce. Enjoy a picnic afterwards along the Main River.
Offenbach can be reached from central Frankfurt in just 10 minutes by train, making it an easy daytrip. Those wanting to stay in Offenbach will find plenty of accommodation in the city center. Navigate the city on foot or using the Frankfurt above-ground rail network.