Offenburg Travel Guide

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Offenburg Things to Do

  • Ursula pillar

    St. Ursula is the patron saint of Offenburg. Rumours have it that she appeared in Juli 1638 on the city wall and therefore the troops of Duke Bernhard of Weimar didn't attack the town. As with a lot of Offenburg's monument also this one was donated by Dr. Franz Burda in 1961.

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  • Ritterhaus

    The knight's house east wing dates back to 1784 and was built by Franz Georg von Rienecker. It's name (Ritterhaus) got the building from the knighthood who had its home here from 1803-6. After the revolution of Baden in 1948/49 it was used as barracks. Later several courts were housed here and finally in 1959 the city's archive and the museum moved...

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  • Mikwe (Jews' bath)

    This Mikwe dates back to the Middle Ages. I wasn't able to visit it as you need to join a tour to do so. Over the warm season the tourist office offers various free tours and one of them will take to you see the Mikwe. A Mikwe was a ritual bath place for the Jewish inhabitants. The dipping pool is reached by a narrow staircase in 14 meters'...

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  • Zwinger Park

    The Zwinger park is situated along the city wall on a lower level along the Mühlbach river. It was created in 1899.When you enter the park from the Hauptstrasse you will first meet Dionysos, a sculpture of the Greek god of wine. Then there is a pond in a lovely setting. It'a relaxing park with benches and stairs up to the old part of town.If you...

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  • Billet Palais in the Buergerpark

    This lovely palais had its door open so I entered and found out that you can get married in the downstairs rooms. A wedding seemed to be either going on. Upstairs there is a family councelling office. Downstairs I also found a free toilet.This Palais is called "Billet'sches Schloesschen" and was built just before 1800 by the Offenburg trader Joseph...

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  • Neptun's and other fountains

    The Neptune fountain dates back to the 18th century. The present statue is actually a copy as the original one from 1783 had a lot of cracks and has been transfered to the Ritterhaus museum.You will find Neptune on Hauptstrasse.In the Fischmarkt in front of the Hirschen pharmacy you will find a fountain with a lion holding a coat of arms (photo no....

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  • Hotel Sonne

    The original Hotel Sonne which is located between the town hall (Rathaus) and the police station (former Koenigshof) is the oldest known hotel restaurant in Offenburg. It dates back to the 14th century but was destroyed in the big fire. It was rebuilt after the fire and renovated/reconstructed over times. The present appearance is from the 19th...

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  • Koenigshof

    The Koenigshof is an impressive palace on the Hauptstrasse. It was built as the administration building for the bailiff of the Ortenau (region) from 1714 till 1717.Today you will find the main police station in it. Let's hope you don't need it!

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  • St. Andreas Hospital

    The founding of this hospital goes back to the 13th century. After the big fire in 1689 the hospital was rebuilt. Part of the complex which these days houses the migration department and other government offices is the Andreas church.I haven't been inside the Andreas church but a small notice on the outside door says that you may visit it during...

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  • Salmen

    The Salmen is originally an inn. On 12th September 1847 the first democratic programme in Germany was formulated here. From 1875 until 1938 this building was also the synagogue. The staircase was for the women's entrance.Today, every year the Freedom festival is celebrated in Offenburg.

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  • Aenne Burda Stift

    The Vinzentius house is part of the Aenne Burda Stift which has old peoples apartments and halls for cultural events. The Vinzentius house used to be an old peoples home for more than 100 years. Originally it was the manor house of Josef von Ried. Above the entrance you may see the statue of St. Vinzenz von Paul which gave the building its name.

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  • Vinzentius Garden and Lapidarium

    This garden was created from 1764-68 and belonged to the town palais of Baron Josef von Ried. It was a pleasure garden with an orangerie. The middle part of the garden was redone in Baroque style and the wrought-iron gate in Rocaille style and the vases and sculptures on the city wall date back to its original creation date. In 2001 the Lapidarium,...

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  • Archway

    Along Kittelgasse you will find the archway of the former Gottwaldschen House which used to stand at the Hauptstrasse 72. This original archway was transfered to this location after demolishing the house. It dates back to the 18th century.

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  • Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche (Holy Cross Church)

    The original church was destroyed in the big fire in 1689. The new church was built on the old foundation. The choir is Gothic. The high altar is from 1740. The nave has 3 aisles with pillars.Here you will find the old crucifix from 1521 of which you can see a copy outside on the church square by the Mountain of Olives.

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  • Oelberg (Mount of Olives)

    This most precious artifact was created in 1524. The original statues were replaced in 1955 by copies. If you get the chance to visit the nearby Lapidarium you may spot the originals there.On picture no. 3 you see the crucifix which reminds us of the cemetery that used to be there. This crucifix is also a copy of the original from 1521 which is...

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Offenburg Restaurants

  • Fantastic beergarden

    Now, I've visited several beergardens in Germany and I need to say that this is one of the best. Large and shady on a warm evening, beer and food very good and live music too, this is a top place to visit - would love it to be my local!

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  • Eiscafé Zampolli

    I visited Offenburg in summer and after some take away food I decided later on my walk to go for an ice chocolate. I was lucky that I spotted a small table right by the open front of the Zampolli ice café. They have outdoor seating in the warm season.They serve a variety of ice creams and the usual drinks and food like pizza and salad. Service was...

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  • Cappuccino Bar

    In December 2011 we came here with a bunch of VTers and were lucky to find seats for all of us.Service was attentive and friendly.The café has a pleasant interior and offers various drinks and snacks like buns with cheese or ham and cakes. Some of us had Apfelstrudel with ice cream, vanilla sauce and cream. The applestrudel was ok, but nothing...

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Offenburg Nightlife

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    by Lhunlhaw Written Feb 8, 2006

    Offenburg's OM is a disco. Not everybody likes it - at least not always.
    Music style varies, I like it best on Wednesdays, when the play 70's, 80's and generally good music. Friday is only for people over 30, and you'Ve got no chance to get into it if you're younger.
    For my taste the music is always a bit too loud - but then there are people who like that.

    Entry fees are moderate, dress code is practically non-existent.

    Dress Code: casual

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Offenburg Transportation

  • By bus and train

    Offenburg is easily reached by train from Basel, Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe on the north-south axis. Some ICE trains stop here as well as the local trains. Other than that here starts a regional train line to Strassbourg (France).The train station has a few lockers and public toilets (50 cent coin needed). There are lifts to the platforms.In front of...

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  • Rent a bike

    Offenburg has the system of "next bike". Since 2010 they have 85 bikes in 13 bike stations. I noticed such a bike station near the Dreifaltigkeitskirche and thought that I must let you and Nemorino know about this opportunity to rent a bike.You need to register online with nextbike using your credit card and then you can use the bikes in all the...

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Offenburg Local Customs

  • Stolpersteine (stumbling blocks)

    Stolpersteine are concrete blocks with a messing top in which the name of a Jewish person is engraved. So each stone represents a deported Jewish person and usually the Stolperstein is placed in front of the house where the person used to live.Of 3 women it was unknown where they lived that's why the Stolpersteine were placed in front of the town...

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  • Christmas market with ice rink

    Every year there is a Christmas market in Offenburg for about a month until 23rd December. Please check the dates with the tourist office.During the Christmas market there is also an ice rink on the market square (Am Markt). The ice rink is open from 11 am till 9 pm and costs Euro 3.50 for adults and 2.50 for children. Skate rental is available for...

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Offenburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Burda family

    Offenburg is the home of the world famous Burda publishing house. The city owns a lot to the Burda family and on Steinstrasse you will find a statue of Franz Josef Burda (1873-1929). The statue shows Mr. Burda as the carnival character Andres.Carnival is a big happening in Offenburg. Check the tourist office for further details.

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  • Former railway through town

    On the Hauptstrasse by the bus station near the police station you will find a short stretch of tracks. These reminds us of the narrow gauge railway that run from 1898 until 1957 from Offenburg to Altenheim. The railway was called "Entenkoepfer" which means duck beheader. Obviously the local ducks had a dangerous life back then.

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  • War memorial

    On the main drag, the Hauptstrasse, you will find a war memorial. This is dedicated to the victims of the Franco-German War of 1870/71 which took place just after the big city fire of 1869. It was built in 1893.

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Offenburg Sports & Outdoors

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    by yumyum Written Dec 12, 2011

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    Offenburg is connected to hiking paths into the nearby region. It's best to get a map. In the area there are several castle ruins and other sights.

    You will find some hiking signs at the railway station.

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    by yumyum Updated Dec 22, 2011

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    Favorite thing: I really liked these two bird statues! They are so much fun. You can actually turn them around in whichever direction you want. No wonder they are very popular with kids and adults alike.

    You will find them at the corner Hauptstrasse/Fischmarkt.

    The so called Vogelmenschen are the artistic work of Ingrid and Dieter Werres of Offenburg.
    Link to Atelier Werres Thanks Isa (belsaita) for finding their website :-)

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