Kaiserstrasse (Offenbach am Main)

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coat of arms
Street in Offenbach am Main
historical photo with the weather pillar at the intersection of Frankfurter Strasse
Basic data
place Offenbach am Main
District Downtown
Created 1766
Hist. Names Canal Street, Street of the Republic
Cross streets Mainstrasse, Bettinastrasse, Goethestrasse, Bernardstrasse, Speyerstrasse, Domstrasse, Berliner Strasse , Frankfurter Strasse , Grosse Marktstrasse, Geleitsstrasse, Rathenaustrasse, Hospitalstrasse, Bismarckstrasse
Buildings Central station , justice center , former Goldpfeil house , Kaiserstraße 102 , synagogue , capitol , trade fair
User groups Pedestrian traffic , bicycle traffic , car traffic , public transport
Technical specifications
Street length 1,380 m

The Kaiser Street is the next to the Frankfurter Straße important traffic and commercial street in the center of Offenbach city .


The Kaiserstraße is the main axis of the Wilhelminian expansion of Offenbach west of the old town center . In the manner of a metropolitan boulevard , it leads in a south-north direction from the main train station, which opened in 1873, to the banks of the Main . There the road has continued with the Carl Ulrich Bridge to Frankfurt-Fechenheim since 1887 .

The main station forms the southern end point of the straight street axis. The traffic flows into Bismarckstraße, which runs across the station building and Kaiserstraße.

The first cross street after Bismarckstrasse is Hospitalstrasse, named after the former hospital. The second is the Geleitsstrasse, which leads west to Schillerplatz and east to Marktplatz . Rathenaustraße also joins here from the southwest. In between is the justice center. The classification as Landesstraße 3001 changes from Rathenaustraße to Kaiserstraße.

The next junction is the Große Marktstraße, which opens from the east, the next but one the intersection with the Frankfurter Straße shopping street, which has a slight bend here and is designated as a pedestrian zone to the east . The western section leads past the Leather Museum and Dreieich-Park to the city limits of Oberrad .

North of Frankfurter Strasse, the street profile of Kaiserstrasse widens from around 18 meters to almost 30 meters and offers the image of a classic Wilhelminian style boulevard.

Next, to the east, the Platz der Deutschen Einheit, also designated as a pedestrian zone, opens up, where the Haus der Wirtschaft and the city courtyard with the town hall are located. The following road junction is the largest on Kaiserstrasse, the intersection with Berliner Strasse ( Bundesstrasse 43 ) and Domstrasse. Beyond this junction, on the eastern side of the road to Speyerstrasse, there is Büsing-Park .

The following cross streets are Bernardstrasse / Speyerstrasse and (at the Capitol - the former synagogue) the Goethestrasse. The northern end of Kaiserstraße forms the junction with Bettinastraße, Mainstraße and Nordring, where the Kaiserstraße carriageway turns into the Carl-Ulrich-Brücke in a wide right -hand bend.

Street names

The Kaiserstraße changed its name several times, initially called Kanalstraße , between 1919 and 1933 it was called Straße der Republik and today it was called Kaiserstraße.

Road cross-section

From the Main to the Frankfurter Straße intersection, the street is 29 meters wide and designed as an avenue with a double row of trees and a central pedestrian path.


The Kaiserstraße (from north to south)
The intersection with Berliner Straße

Road traffic

The Kaiserstraße is north of the confluence of the Rathenaustraße until the transition to the Carl-Ulrich-Brücke part of the Landesstraße 3001, which runs from south ( Dreieich-Offenthal ) to north ( Bergen-Enkheim ) through the east of Frankfurt. The southern, unclassified, section between the main train station and Rathenaustraße was a one-way street and has only been accessible in both directions again since 2007.

Cross streets are important for road traffic

  • Bismarckstrasse, which runs parallel to the Bebraer Bahn in the north through the southern city center, it merges into Dreieichring in the west and flows into Bieberer Strasse ( B 448 ) in the east .
  • Rathenaustraße, which continues the course of the L 3001 in a southerly direction to the most important arterial road in Offenbach's southwest, Sprendlinger Landstraße.
  • Frankfurter Strasse, the western section of which leads as Kreisstrasse  816 to the neighboring Frankfurt-Oberrad and on to Sachsenhausen .
  • Berliner Strasse ( Bundesstrasse 43 ) leads to downtown Frankfurt in the west and to Mühlheim am Main and Hanau in the east .
  • At the southern bridgehead, the north ring flows from the west, which leads from Kaiserlei and the harbor here, to the east the Mainstrasse begins here in the direction of Bürgel .

Public transport

The Kaiserstraße in the route network of the former Offenbach tram

Kaiserstrasse is by the main station and the S-station marketplace of the City Tunnel through the train-lines S 1, S 2, S 8 and S 9 connected to the rail. Bus routes operated by Offenbacher Verkehrsbetriebe run along the road .

The Kaiserstraße was used by trams from 1908 to 1963 . On October 29, 1908, the new line 27 opened, which ran from Offenbach's northwest via Goethestrasse and Kaiserstrasse to the main station. From September 7th, line 28 also ran from Gothestrasse via northern Kaiserstrasse and Frankfurter Strasse to the Old Cemetery. After the opening of a new line through Waldstrasse to Dietzenbacher Strasse on October 15, 1927, the line network was changed, since then line 28 (Goethestrasse - Marktplatz - Dietzenbacher Strasse) has been running on the northern Kaiserstrasse and line 27 (Hauptbahnhof - Marktplatz - Bürgel). Between 1935 and 1939 the tram between Frankfurter Strasse and the main train station was replaced by buses, but this was not convincing and was therefore reversed. On June 11, 1951, tram line 27 was replaced by the Offenbach am Main trolleybus and the tracks on northern Kaiserstrasse were closed. On November 3, 1963, the tram on the southern Kaiserstrasse was discontinued.

From 1951 to 1972 trolleybuses ran on Kaiserstrasse between Goethestrasse and the main train station.


In the former Offenbach synagogue on the corner of Goethestrasse, which was built between 1913 and 1916, is now the Capitol cultural and event center . In 1955/56 the New Synagogue was built in the immediate vicinity . In 1953, according to plans by Offenbach architect Carl Müller, the new construction of the Catholic Church of St. Paul was built instead of the church building that was inaugurated in 1828 and destroyed in the war. Numerous banks have branches along Kaiserstrasse, including Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, UBS and the Städtische Sparkasse. There is also the Offenbach exhibition center , the former Goldpfeilhaus, in which the EganaGoldpfeil European holding company was located until it was closed in 2009 , and the justice center on the street. The traditional Hotel Kaiserhof is located near the main train station. Between 1859 and 1894, the Offenbach Hospital was located on what is now the grounds of the justice complex , which was then given a spacious new building on Starkenburgring for reasons of space.

Up until the 1990s, the street was home to two cinemas, Broadway (near the main train station, now a shop) and Universum (now a supermarket ).


  • 250 years of Kaiserstraße - 1 kilometer of Offenbach history. Public Relations Office, August 2016

Individual evidence

  1. Acquisition of coins from Hofrat Carl Wilhelm Becker (1772–1830) for the municipal coin collection in the Haus der Stadtgeschichte. In: offenbach.de , accessed on August 22, 2016.
  2. Stumbling block for Dr. Manfred Weinberg at the Bieberer Berg stadium. In: offenbach.de , accessed on August 22, 2016.
  3. Dieter Höltge, Günter H. Köhler: Tram and light rail in Germany . 2nd Edition. 1: Hessen. EK-Verlag , Freiburg 1992, ISBN 3-88255-335-9 , p. 268 .
  4. a b Dieter Höltge, Günter H. Köhler: Street and light rail vehicles in Germany . 2nd Edition. 1: Hessen. EK-Verlag , Freiburg 1992, ISBN 3-88255-335-9 , p. 266 .
  5. 250 years of Kaiserstraße: The exhibition opens up a new perspective on Offenbach's development. ( Memento from August 25, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) In: Offenbach.de , accessed on August 22, 2016.

Web links

Commons : Kaiserstraße  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 50 ° 6 ′ 20 ″  N , 8 ° 45 ′ 31 ″  E