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Temple Lake
Coordinates: 50 ° 5 ′ 4 ″  N , 8 ° 47 ′ 0 ″  E
Height : 109 m above sea level NHN
Residents : 4819  (Sep. 30, 2017)
Postal code : 63071
Area code : 069
Location of Tempelsee in Offenbach am Main

Tempelsee is a district of the southern Hessian city Offenbach am Main . About 4800 people live in this district.


The district is located in the south of Offenbach and is separated from Bieber in the east by the Bürgeler Forest (also known as the Amerikawäldchen ) . In the south lies the Offenbach city forest and to the west the Carl-Ulrich-Siedlung and the Vorderwald, Tempelsee delimit the Rosenhöhe district . To the north, Tempelsee is bounded by the book hill.


Catholic Church of St. Konrad on Waldstrasse

The district is named after an old mill that was driven by the water of the Hainbach until the 20th century . The name of the lake, after which this mill was named, is not derived from "temple", but from "pond". Already in an edition of the flora of the Wetterau from 1799 the location can be found “in the forest near the Tempelsee mill behind Offenbach” .

In the middle of the district there is a small park with a pond, which is a relic of a mine that once existed here.

Until the 1920s, there was also an industrial railway across Tempelsee. It led from a limestone quarry on the site of the now closed drum bath on the Bieberer Berg, first along Heusenstammer Weg, and then across the America grove to find today's Brunnenweg, along which it led to the town hall to the cement factory of Offenbacher Portland -Cement-Fabrik AG . This plant was taken over by Heidelberger Zement AG and shut down in the 1920s due to considerable overcapacity. As the lime breakdown in the quarry on the later drum bath came to a standstill, the small track gradually disappeared. According to an eyewitness, the remains could still be seen before the Second World War . The embankment of this railway can still be seen today at the edge of the forest on Heusenstammer Weg and is used as a footpath and bike path. Because of the steep incline of the railway line running diagonally through the America grove - the remains of the route can still be seen there as a railway embankment and a flat incision - this railway was also called the "Offenbach Semmering Railway ".


The town hall in Tempelsee

In 1922 the construction of the Tempelsee settlement began. Today the district is a residential area with the usual facilities such as schools, kindergartens and various shops. One of the largest Greek Orthodox communities in Germany is based in this Offenbach district.

The town hall , one of the most important event locations in Offenbach am Main, is also located in the Tempelsee district .


The district was connected to the city center from 1949 to 1963 by the Offenbach tram . The planned conversion of the route to a trolleybus was unexpectedly overturned shortly before construction began by a resolution of the Offenbach city council. Since the end of 1963, Tempelsee has been served by buses, today by the city bus routes 101 and 104 of Offenbacher Verkehrs-Betriebe .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Residents of the city of Offenbach am Main according to statistical districts on September 30, 2017. (PDF; 29 kB) City of Offenbach am Main, accessed on November 26, 2017 .
  2. Gottfried Gärtner, Bernhard Meyer, Johannes Scherbius: Economic-technical flora of the Wetterau. ( online at Google Books )

Web links

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