Offenbach Things to Do
Porcelain enthusists will be delighted with a visit to the Offenbach City Museum . Besides leather, Offenbach was once a leading manufacturer of Fayencen. Back in the 18th century, when porcelain manufacturing was brought from china to Prussia, it was kept a top state secret. In an effort to obtain a share of this highly demanded market, although...more
The German Leather Museum belongs to the collection of unusual museums in Germany. Offenbach is the leather capital of Europe. Today there are not many leather manufacturers left in Offenbach. The small factories closed in the 1960's. The only major producer of leather goods left in Offenbach is the Gold Pfeil Company, manufacturer of fine purses,...more
The annual community clubs party on the banks of the Main in OffenbachThis is one of the few festivals that you can do a mini-tour of several European nationals in a single day. Eat your way through Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Bavaria while you'r at it. Ever wonder want's it like in the gun club, the film-maker's club, the 50's dance club,...more
One of the lesser know, but nice hotels, is the Offenbacher Hof . It's usually one I recommend when...more
Friedhofstrasse 8, Offenbach, Hesse, 63065, Germany
Good for: Couples
Strahlenbergerstr. 12, 63067 Offenbach
Saturday is the best day to visit Offenbach, because Saturday is Market Day and Flea Market Day. I would suggest you go early, otherwise you will have to park in Berlin or New York and walk the rest of the way.Near the middle of town, they have the large traditional square - the market place - which takes place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday....more
Because Clochemerle often too full is, many try the Café-Restaurant Brasserie Beau d'Eau . A very popular student café-restaurant, where you can also sit on the sidewalk terrace, when the weather is nice.They have an old upright piano in the corner, that welcome's anyone who can play, to treat the guests with they virtuosity. Like many German...more
All of the restaurants around the Wilhelmsplatz are popular, especially on weekend afternoons. Morleo's has always been a sucessful restaurant even though it's changed hands several times (it used to be called Kaiser's). Morleo's is actually a bistrot/caf?, but doesn't serve French food. The interior is modern, the sidewalk atmosphere is pleasant....more
There are several Rowing Clubs along the Main River. After the 70's the popularity dwindled a little, but they all built great meeting halls for the club, that needed to be maintained. This happened to the Wikinger Rowing Club too. They didn't know how to make ends meet for the building costs, until they decided to rent it out to a group of people...more
I belong to the 'Yacht Club' in Offenbach. It is next to the Rowing Club right across the river from the castle in Offenbach. One warm summer evening as I was fixing something on my boat, I heard this music weaving it's way over the water. Gee, I thought, someone has a pretty good sound system, if it's playing all the way across the river. I looked...more
A little Cuba to go, anyone?The Havana Bar and restaurant are in the most unusual building you could imagine to find this kind of bar and restaurant - in Offenbach's old Schlachthof (Slaughterhouse). Despite this, the moment you enter the bar, you get the feeling you've been beamed to the Caribbean. They've decorated with palm trees, exotic...more
The local Transit Authority in Offenbach/M is called the RMV, which stands for Rhein-Main-Verkehrsbund or the Rhine-Main Transit Authority. Basically it covers the following areas: Most westward point Mainz; most eastward point Fulda, most southern point Darmstadt; most northern point Wetzler.
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The big advantage of this transit authority, is that you can change from buses to trams to regional trains as much as you have to, to get to your destination, without having to buy extra tickets. Nearly all of the ticket vending machines are computer-run and have an English mask. You ticket is valid when you receive it, so buy it just before you want to board the train. They are not punched in the train.
Hessenticket - for 25 Euro, you + 4 friends can have unlimited use the whole network from Mon-Fri, between 9 - 3 a.m. The ticket is not only valid for the RMV network but state-wide too.
Day Ticket (Tageskarte) - the price varies depending on how many zones you want to cross (destination code you punch into the vending machine). A day card for Frankfurt which includes the airport only costs 6.10 Euro. The ticket is valid for one calendar day.
Week Ticket (Wochenkarte) - the price also varies depending on the zones travelled. A week tickect for Frankfurt/Offenbach (7 days) only costs 10.70 Euro.
Are you a student? Then you can get a week ticket for 8.50 Euro with your valid student ID.
Children Discounts - Children under 14 years of age pay half-price.
Group Day Ticket (Groupentageskarte) - For the City of Frankfurt, only 10.80 Euro for you and up to 4 of your family or friends. Valid for one calendar day.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Study Abroad
Gold Pfeil is internationally famous for it's purses, wallets, bags and suitcases. It is practically the only surviving leather factory in Offenbach, which was once the European center for leather goods. Normally, Gold Pfeil can rank their goods along with Gucci, Lacoste, and Etiene Aigner with quality and fame, but the best kept open secret in Offenbach, is that you can buy direct from the factory.
What to buy: Purses and wallets are especially worthwhile.
Offenbach Local Customs
Anybody can drink beer, but only true Hessians live to drink Apple Wine, or Apfelwein, as it's properly called. The Offenbachers just call it "Ebbelwoi" or "Ebbler" or "eine Schoppe". Keep in mind that this stuff for the untrained tongue will taste like vinegar to some, or brake degreaser to others. If any true Frankfurters bother to read this page...more
Offenbach has been a rival city with Frankfurt for centuries. They even fought a war with each other, when Frankfurt tried to take over Offenbach. But Offenbachers are tough cookies. At the turn of the century, a popular postcard appeared for Offenbach, which is pictured on this house wall. In the meantime, they even have a bronze sculpture of it...more
4 Hotels in Offenbach
Favorite thing: Saturday is Fresh Market Day, and Flea Market Day. The market is the meeting place and shopping place on Saturday. Even if you are going to eat your meals in a hotel, this is still worth it to go here, because you get to see Germany how it lives. And who can resist buying a pound of cherries fresh from Turkey, Italy or Germany, from the friendly young man, harking his wares.
There are 3 fine cost shops (specialty food stores) that sell fine liquors, chocolate in every imaginable form, special coffees and teas and mediterranean food stuffs that you usually cannot purchase in Germany, which all make really nice gifts for your friends and family at home. They are so service oriented, that they can even help you send your gift directly from the store to your home.
Even if you don't want to buy food here, you can relax in one of the numerous cafés here that line the square and watch the world go by, or read the sunday paper in your language from the Newspaper Kiosk on the corner and leisurely eat your breakfast. Because the cafés are crowded between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can always meet someone new, because typically if space is available at your table, someone will ask to sit with you.
Fondest memory: Buying an rather large etching at the flea market in Offenbach. The flea market is along the Main bank (left bank) every Saturday morning from the beginning of April until the end of September. When the weather is nice, it's full.
Anyway, the etching was an angel decending to a child on a balcony from the end of the 19th century. The etching had a lot of water damage, but it somehow made the picture more interesting. I was able to dicker the person selling it for 50 DM! Then I had it appraised, and found out it was worth well over 3000 DM!
This kind of treasure hunt can only happen if Offenbach. Although Frankfurt also has a flea market on Saturday, they mostly sell new brand new products. In Offenbach, they still sell garage sale items, antiques, old books, long-play records, and sometimes antiques and pieces of furniture. My tip is bring money, and search for nothing. I never found what I was looking for there, but I always found a nice surprise!