Frankfurter Strasse (Offenbach am Main)

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Frankfurter Strasse
coat of arms
Street in Offenbach am Main
Frankfurter Strasse
Frankfurter Strasse from the east
Basic data
place Offenbach am Main
District Downtown
Newly designed 2001 and 2008 (sections)
Cross streets Herrnstrasse, Kaiserstrasse , Luisenstrasse, Ludwigstrasse
Places Marktplatz, Aliceplatz, Stadthof
Buildings IHK Offenbach am Main , German Leather Museum , German Weather Service , Rosenheim Museum
User groups Pedestrian traffic , bicycle traffic , car traffic , public transport
Technical specifications
Street length 1,486 meters

The Frankfurter Straße is one of the main shopping streets in Offenbach am Main . It was the main traffic connection between Offenbach am Main and Frankfurt am Main until the parallel Berliner Straße was built .


The almost 1,500 meter long Frankfurter Strasse runs from the market square in Offenbach's city center in a westerly direction to the Frankfurt city ​​limits , from where it continues on Offenbacher Landstrasse.

The almost 400 meter long eastern section between Marktplatz and Kaiserstraße is designated as a pedestrian zone . Here, Frankfurter Strasse is one of the most popular shopping streets in Offenbach and the location of large department stores. The crossings Herrnstraße and Aliceplatz / Stadthof are in the pedestrian zone.

At the junction with Kaiserstrasse, Frankfurter Strasse makes a slight bend to the south in a westerly direction. From here it is accessible by motor vehicle in both directions and is part of Kreisstraße 816. The originally closed Wilhelminian style buildings are heavily mixed up with post-war buildings after being destroyed in the war and being rebuilt.

The first three cross streets in this area are Luisenstrasse and Ludwigstrasse, which remind of Offenbach's affiliation to the Grand Duchy of Hesse (of his first Grand Duke and wife Henriette Karoline ), and Tulpenhofstrasse / Rödernstrasse. In this area there is a dense, closed inner-city development. The German Leather Museum is on the south side of the street between Luisenstrasse and Ludwigstrasse .

The western third of the street, i.e. the area of ​​the cross streets Körnerstraße, Parkstraße and August-Bebel-Ring / Dreieichring, shows the urban character of the Westend , a Wilhelminian style villa district with large garden plots. The headquarters of the German Weather Service is located in this area on the north side of the street.

The city limits and thus the change of the street name from Frankfurter Straße to Offenbacher Landstraße is about 60 meters west of the Dreieichring, but is hardly noticeable in the street scene. The routes of the Bebraer Bahn (in an elevated position) and the A 661 (in a lower position), which cross the course of the road 100 to 300 meters further west in the Frankfurt area, form a clearly legible urban break .


The Frankfurt-Offenbach tram company connected Offenbach and Frankfurt as early as 1884

Frankfurter Strasse is an important connecting road between the city centers of Frankfurt and Offenbach.

As early as 1884, at the request of Offenbach business people, the meter-gauge Frankfurt-Offenbacher Trambahn-Gesellschaft was one of the first electric trams in Germany to operate here. In 1906 the route was taken over by the Offenbach am Main city tram and converted to standard gauge . Until 1996 it operated as line 16 , which was operated jointly with the Frankfurt am Main city tram . From 1967 only Frankfurt tram vehicles ran in Offenbach.

Since the shopping opportunities in Offenbach are cheaper to reach for the residents of Oberrad than those in downtown Frankfurt, the commuter traffic from Oberrad to Offenbach is correspondingly heavy.

Until 1996, tram line 16 was the last stretch of the Offenbach tram through Frankfurter Strasse to the Offenbach pedestrian zone. After the opening of the S-Bahn through the Offenbach City Tunnel in 1995, the last Offenbach tram line 16 was shut down. Line 16 ends at the city limits of Offenbach, local transport in Offenbach is taken over by buses of Offenbacher Verkehrsbetriebe .


Frankfurter Strasse around 1900
Tulpenhofstraße from Frankfurter Straße (1907), this situation has remained structurally unchanged to this day

One of the oldest preserved houses is house no. 44 from 1734. In the 19th century, Offenbacher Westend was built at the western end of the street as a city extension with many upper-class villas.

The former Kaiser-Friedrich-Quelle , officially recognized mineral spring since 1888, established a spa with drinking spa and spa park on Frankfurter Strasse.

The "Stadthaus" stood on Frankfurter Strasse at the height of Aliceplatz. This is where the people of Isenburg resided after the castle became too uninhabitable for them. Today the access to the city courtyard and the town hall opens here.

The classicist warehouse was converted into the German Leather Museum in the 1930s. In the 1950s, the German Weather Service settled on Frankfurter Strasse and had an architecturally significant building built according to plans by Paul Friedrich Posenenske , which, however, was replaced by a new building between 2005 and 2008.

The building complex Frankfurter Straße 56-60 was built in the 1950s as a commercial building with the name Europa-Haus . The Eduard Hirsch Posen company , Offenbach's oldest leather goods factory, and the Grand Hotel Darmstädter Hof, which belongs to it , were located here until 1930 . The new building from the 1950s is now clad, the former petrol station in the complex was later converted into a single-storey supermarket. The Walter-Passage , designed by Fritz Reichard and built between 1952 and 1954 and named after Ludwig Walter's furniture store, which was located here until the 1960s, is a reminder of the economic boom . The parallel Berliner Straße took over the function of the national connecting road in the 1950s. The S-Bahn has been running in the Offenbach City Tunnel there since 1995.

Dreieich Park with old trees and some concrete pavilions, which were built on the occasion of the Hessian state trade exhibition of 1879, is located on the city limits .

retail trade

The André music store

The eastern end of Frankfurter Straße is a pedestrian zone and a central shopping street. In addition to some large department stores such as the traditional Schneider fashion house, there are numerous retail stores here, including the André music store and the Johann André music publisher with its extensive music archive.

For many years the traditional clothing store Hassert was located on the corner of Frankfurter Straße / Aliceplatz in the Altfürstin-Haus , a building from the Huguenot era with a mansard roof . There is now a self-service bakery there, after having been a bank branch there for several years. Some of the stalls at the Offenbach Christmas market, which stretches from the Stadthof across Herrnstrasse to Frankfurter Strasse, can be found here.

The western part of the pedestrian zone has been threatened by decreasing customer frequency in recent years, and some business premises could no longer find tenants. A thorough revitalization of the entire pedestrian section of Frankfurter Strasse is therefore being discussed intensively in the city.

Building (west to east)

Individual evidence

  1. Lothar R. Braun: Posen was always right at the front. In: October 20, 2009, accessed January 28, 2016 .
  2. Dreieichpark opened the princely trade show. From: , September 21, 2006, accessed April 29, 2016.
  3. Matthias Dahmer: Light at the end of the City Passage? In: November 21, 2014, accessed June 30, 2015 .
  4. Matthias Dahmer: Offenbach's Paralyzing vacancy. In: June 2, 2010, accessed June 30, 2015 .
  5. Jörg Muthorst: The end of the City Passage. In: November 20, 2009, accessed June 30, 2015 .
  6. Jörg Muthorst: commercial building instead of store front. In: February 25, 2012, accessed June 30, 2015 .

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Coordinates: 50 ° 6 ′ 18 ″  N , 8 ° 45 ′ 36 ″  E