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Coordinates: 50 ° 6 ′ 14 ″  N , 8 ° 46 ′ 18 ″  E
Height : 103 m above sea level NHN
Residents : 9812  (Jun 30, 2020)
Postal code : 63065
Area code : 069
Location of Mathildenviertel in Offenbach am Main

The Mathildenviertel is a district of the southern Hessian city Offenbach am Main and includes the eastern inner city. The heart of the quarter is Mathildenplatz with the Marienkirche .

Around 10,000 people lived in this district in June 2020.

Geographical location

The quarter lies east of the former old town and extends from Friedhofstrasse and the railway line in the southeast, Bismarckstrasse in the south, Waldstrasse and the Hochschule für Gestaltung in the west, and the Main in the north.


Mathildenplatz around 1890
Mathildenplatz at the intersection of Bieberer Strasse - Karlstrasse - Mathildenstrasse around 1913

The name of the district refers to Princess Mathilde Karoline of Bavaria , who married Grand Duchess of Hesse and the Rhine in 1833. From 1884 to 1905, the terminus of the Frankfurt-Offenbacher Trambahn-Gesellschaft was at Mathildenplatz . After the company passed into municipal ownership, tram line 16 was extended from Mathildenplatz to the old cemetery in 1906 (the route between the market square and the cemetery was closed in 1969). The former turning loop of line 16 was in Friedhofstraße ( → see also: Offenbach am Main tram ), where remains of the rails are still visible today (as of January 2015).

As a former traditional working-class neighborhood, some streets in the quarter have an above-average population density and a high proportion of residents with a migration background. Some properties were therefore purposefully bought up by the city and converted or demolished. The Mainpark residential complex was built on the site of the former J. Mayer & Sohn tannery in the 1970s . The founding campus Ostpol was built on the adjacent Hermann-Steinhäuser-Straße around 2003 . For the construction of a student dormitory for the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management organized by the non-profit Offenbacher Baugesellschaft, a Wilhelminian-style residential building on Hermann-Steinhäuser-Strasse was demolished in 2008, but the neighboring old building on the corner of Karlstrasse was renovated. The studio on Mathildenplatz was set up as a meeting point and district office.

In March 2009 the traditional bookstore Ketteler on Mathildenplatz had to close after 72 years after the importance of the adjacent Bieberer Strasse as a shopping street had declined. The official name of the Mathildenviertel was Eastern City Center , it was not until 2010 that it was entered in the official directory of the districts and the formal renaming to the historical and common term Mathildenviertel . Due to the central location and the proximity to the popular Wilhelmsplatz and the Offenbach weekly market , where an attractive gastronomy scene has been developing since the 1990s, the Mathildenviertel with its many, partly renovated Wilhelminian and Art Nouveau houses, has increased in popularity as a residential area for lovers of old-style apartments.

Making home

The German Architecture Museum (DAM) was the initiator of the exhibition in the German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice 2016 with the topic Making Heimat . The focus of this exhibition was on the area's ability to integrate, opportunities and problems.

District management

Founded in 2002, the district management and district office Mathildenviertel was the first of its kind in Offenbach. It is located at Krafftstraße 29 and has set itself the goal of serving as a contact and meeting point for the residents of the district.


  • The BI Eastern Downtown Association is dedicated to improving the living conditions in Mathilde district. The association also organizes cultural events.
  • The Round Table City Center is a body that has met six to seven times a year since 1996. It is made up of representatives from schools, the police, the public order office, youth welfare office, youth center (JUZ Sandgasse), citizens 'initiatives, churches and mosque communities, clubs, welfare associations, day-care centers, parents' representatives and interested citizens. The goals are:
    • To observe developments in the city center including the Mathildenviertel
    • Resolve specific grievances
    • To increase the feeling of security of the roommates
    • The active and constructive participation in planning and development in the district
    • To increase the identification with the district and thus to improve the quality of life



The Mainpark seen from the west, 2015

Since the quarter was largely spared the destruction of the Second World War, it is characterized, especially south of Berliner Straße , by largely closed residential developments from the Wilhelminian era and the Art Nouveau era with typical three- to five-storey perimeter blocks. Many buildings have representative stucco facades with original details (such as front doors and courtyard portals) and are not infrequently listed .

Striking buildings

  • The former main building of the School of Applied Arts (a predecessor of today's Hochschule für Gestaltung) is located at Mathildenplatz / at the corner of Mathildenstrasse. At the beginning of the 20th century, the school moved into a new building and the building now serves as a police station. In certain lighting conditions, the old lettering can still be seen on the facade.
  • To the north of Herrmann-Steinhäuser-Strasse, between Karlstrasse and Austraße, is the Mainpark high-rise estate . It was built in the early 1970s and is a representative of concrete brutalism . The facade, which is colored today, consisted of exposed concrete panels until the 1980s . On the distinctive roof of the house on Mainstrasse 119 (House 1) there is a decommissioned combined heat and power plant which was originally intended to supply heat to the residential park.


The award-winning two-part documentary Life - Love - Sin by the author Marco Giacopuzzi , produced by Hessischer Rundfunk, focuses on life in the Mainpark high-rise estate . The series was awarded the German Camera Prize.


Mathilde School around 1913

The Mathildenenschule, founded in 1905, is located in the Mathildenviertel. Today it is a primary, secondary and secondary school as well as a special level (784 students). In the first years the school consisted of two separate areas, one for boys and one for girls. The school is named after Grand Duchess Mathilde von Hessen . The historic school building was demolished in 1976 due to heavy subsidence and replaced by a new building.

Web links

Commons : Offenbach-Mathildenviertel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Residents of the city of Offenbach am Main by district on June 30, 2020. (PDF; 17 kB) City of Offenbach am Main, June 30, 2020, accessed on August 17, 2020 .
  2. Colorful and lively. The Mathildenviertel in the eastern city center. from: , June 30, 2010, accessed April 30, 2016.
  3. Proposal from the Magistrate's submission no. From: , May 6, 2010, accessed on January 15, 2015.
  4. "Offenbach is almost allright" | Author = German Architecture Museum
  6. District office Mathildenviertel. Retrieved April 25, 2019 .
  7. ^ BI Östliche Innenstadt eV Accessed on April 25, 2019 .
  8. Round table Offenbach city center. Retrieved April 25, 2019 .
  9. Boardinghouse II in Mathildenviertel shines as "Pole of Light. Accessed on April 25, 2019 .
  10. Stories from the skyscraper. - love - sin (1/2). In: , July 20, 2015, accessed on April 24, 2019.
  11. Stories from the skyscraper. Life - Love - Sin (2/2). In: , November 17, 2012, accessed April 24, 2019.