OffenburgGermany

Image for Offenburg featuring street scenes

Travel into the heart of the Black Forest to find a city resplendent in gorgeous Baroque architecture, where the people are proud of their traditions and culture.

Offenburg, a city whose name means “open castle,” has a welcoming spirit as well as old walls, houses and churches. Lounge in a café while enjoying a slice of Black Forest gateau and participate in the city’s arts and culture scene to experience the warm hospitality.

This city has its roots as a Roman settlement, but from the 13th century until the 19th, it was a free imperial city in the Holy Roman Empire. Explore the old town to discover architecture dating from several different eras, including buildings exhibiting Baroque, Gothic and medieval styles.

Take a self-guided tour of the city to examine its historic establishments. The Königshof, a royal court built in the 1710s, is used today as the police headquarters. The Town Hall, a Hapsburg-inspired building in cream and maroon, dates back to 1741. Also of note are the Jewish Bathhouse and the Capuchins’ Monastery.

Step inside the Ritterhaus, previously a mayoral mansion, and find a museum dedicated to local and natural history. Learn about Offenburg’s role in the revolution of Baden and the economic boom of the 1950s.

Travel back in time in the Black Forest Open Air Museum, which is made up of several traditionally designed farmhouses and cottages. Costumed guides show how people used to live in the region through craft demonstrations. The museum is a 40-minute drive from Offenburg.

Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, sits in sculpted bronze in Offenburg, hinting at the city’s fondness for this drink. Come here during the last weekend in September to take part in the Ortenau Wine Festival. Alternatively, follow the Baden Wine Route, which runs for miles through the region. Wine hiking excursions depart from the city.

Offenburg is one of the transport hubs in Central Black Forest and intercity train services from around Germany run to Offenburg Station. Fly to Basel, Frankfurt or Strasbourg, then head straight to Offenburg to discover a city rich in stunning buildings and engaging culture.

Top Hotels in Offenburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
EHM Hotel Offenburg City
EHM Hotel Offenburg City
Okenstrasse 15-17, Offenburg, BW
$65
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

This family-friendly Offenburg hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Ortenau and Museum im Ritterhaus. Uferabflachung Süd is ...

4/5Very Good! (191 reviews)

"Big Room. A little isolated hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

EHM Hotel Offenburg City
Mercure Hotel Offenburg am Messeplatz
Mercure Hotel Offenburg am Messeplatz
4 out of 5
Schutterwaelder Str. 1a, Offenburg, BW
$65
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ortenau and Museum im Ritterhaus. Uferabflachung Süd is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Offenburg ...

4/5Very Good! (451 reviews)

"Very nice hotel close to all higways"…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Mercure Hotel Offenburg am Messeplatz
Hotel Union
Hotel Union
3 out of 5
Hauptstrasse 19, Offenburg
$72
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated in Offenburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ortenau and Museum im Ritterhaus. Uferabflachung Süd is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. Offenburg Station ...

3.9/5Very Good! (55 reviews)

"It is a rather small but very tastefully decorated hotel. The location was very central and it has a very cozy feel to everything. I particularly enjoyed the comfort of the mattress and would recommend this hotel to anyone!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Hotel Union

Popular things to do in Offenburg

Europa-Park
Image for Europa-Park

Europa-Park

Enjoy the excitement at Europa-Park and find out why this is a popular amusement park in Rust. Wander the forest and waterfront while you're in the area.

Strasbourg Cathedral
Image for Strasbourg Cathedral

Strasbourg Cathedral

Find out why literary masters, such as Goethe and Victor Hugo, heaped praise on this remarkable, pink-hued cathedral.

Strasbourg Christmas Market
Image for Strasbourg Christmas Market

Strasbourg Christmas Market

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Strasbourg Christmas Market, a popular shopping spot in Strasbourg. Make time for the stunning cathedral and local tours in this walkable area.

European Parliament
Image for European Parliament

European Parliament

After visiting European Parliament, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Strasbourg. Make time for the shops and local tours in this walkable area.

Place Kléber
Image for Place Kléber

Place Kléber

You can learn about the history of Strasbourg when you stop by Place Kléber. Visit the stunning cathedral and shops in this walkable area.

Train Station Square
Image for Train Station Square

Train Station Square

Enjoy views of the impressive futuristic train station from this green, pedestrianized plaza at Strasbourg’s core.

Reviews of Offenburg

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1
5 - Excellent 33.333333333333336%
4 - Good
2
4 - Good 66.66666666666667%
3 - Okay
0
3 - Okay 0%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

THEO

Oct 24, 2018

We know Offenburg well as we have visited the area many times.