By Libby Peck
Offenbach
Germany
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Across the river Main from Frankfurt is Offenbach, a suburban-like city encompassing innate German qualities while embracing international influences thanks to its proximity to Germany’s main financial district. Perfect for purveyors of not only European culture but also for design, this oft-overlooked destination is a unique choice to pick for your next getaway.

EscapeWizard.com advises flying into Frankfurt Airport (FRA), only 7 miles outside of Offenbach’s city center. By clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php), you’re on your way to finding the next available flights to Bavarian beauty. All you have to do is take a quick train or taxi into Offenbach from there. Make sure to explore the hotel choices we have for you as well by just clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!

Offenbach is a highly diverse city. Due to hundreds of thousands of commuters each day, the city has been able to absorb influences through all walks of life in its modern age, most noticeably in its available food. Interestingly enough, one of the local cuisines here is a kebob! EscapeWizard.com also thinks you should try Vietnamese, Mexican, and Spanish cuisine should the draw of beer and bratwurst tire you.

For delicious design, be sure to visit Deutsches Ledermuseum, the German Leather Museum. If you’re interested in leather goods and accessories, EscapeWizard.com wants you to know this is the place for you! With exhibits featuring shoes, handbags, and belts along with other leather products, this museum provides interesting insight into the hide for fashionistas and history buffs alike. The city was a leather-producing hub before the onslaught of World War II, and unfortunately this museum is the only remnant left of the ravaged industry’s past place.

Modern design can be found in Offenbach’s Klingspor Museum, a home for contemporary typography and book production. Look for varied manuscripts, ads, and letters for design that begs to be brought back into everyday production, and use the vast collection for great vintage inspiration. If you travel here in winter, aside from bringing your warmest coat, EscapeWizard.com also advises going to “Bunte Kinderwelt”, Colorful Children’s World, at this museum. Major book publishers have chosen to debut new titles here since 1956, and the event leaves children and adults alike with full bellies and hearts.

In an interesting melding of old with new, be sure to see Isenburg Palace. Inhabited by royalty from 1556, this Renaissance-era building is now part of the Offenbach design university. Could you imagine going to school in a building older than your own country? EscapeWizard.com suggests moseying inside to admire the contrast between design that has inspired a thousand other styles and modern design that draws on these influences to create something completely new and unexpected. Unexpected, it seems, is the name of the game in Offenbach.

While on your design tour, use buses or bicycles to find the art-deco style homes smattered throughout the city. Unfortunately EscapeWizard.com is unable to give you the exact location of these architectural gems, but we truly think the search is part of the fun. With a wide array of international cuisine and several design-centered attractions, Offenbach simply wants to surprise you. Ready for your ride? Book your trip through us now!
Hotels in Offenbach
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Offenbach
Am Buesing Palais, Berliner Strasse 111 Frankfurt/Offenbach, Germany
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Just 20 minutes from the Frankfurt city center and right next to Offenbach’s city park lays the Sheraton Offenbach Hotel. The train station is conveniently located across the street, making travel to Frankfurt extremely easy; the hotel is also close to the motorway if you prefer to travel by car while visiting. This location puts you in close proximity to many corporate offices, as well as tourist sights such as the Klingspor-Museum, the Capitol Theatre, the Stadium Biberer Berg, and the Opera House.

The contemporary rooms are designed in warm colors for a welcoming feel. All rooms feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed for a restful night’s sleep. You will also find a large desk, telephone with voicemail, and a mini-bar for your use. Stay entertained and informed with the cable TV in each room, complete with satellite channels. In the Superior rooms, high-speed internet access is available for a daily fee. This service is complimentary in Executive level rooms, along with a bath robe and bottled mineral water.

The Sheraton Offenbach Hotel offers several wonderful dining options, as well. PURE is a modern restaurant offering delicious Euro-American cuisine with beautiful views of the park and seasonal outdoor seating. They have live music during their Sunday Brunch, and monthly specials, including an Oyster & Lobster Buffet. Bar OneEleven is also located in the hotel, and offers 111 different cocktails for customers to enjoy. They also serve light meals and snacks. Take advantage of Happy Hour, Ladies’ night and other drink specials.

You could also choose to stay fit on the road in the wellness suite, a large space featuring a sauna, steam room and fitness center. A certified trainer is available to assist with your workouts and you can also schedule a massage. The Sheraton Offenbach Hotel is also the perfect place to host your meeting or event. Buesing Palais is a separate event center which is attached to the hotel by a glass walkway. A large terrace offers a view of the park and makes an excellent location for a summer event.

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