Enjoying a great variety of leisure activities
The Kreis Offenbach offers a great variety of leisure activities. 22 museums alone illustrate its history. All of them portrait an image of a region which has been powerful for many centuries. The era of airships has its roots in this region and is displayed in a show in Zeppelinheim. At the landscape museum in Seligenstadt the original "Geleitslöffel" is exhibited. Since the middle ages merchants from Augsburg and Nürnberg stopped in Seligenstadt on their way to the major fairs in the imperial free city of Frankfurt. Travellers, who attended the trail for the first time and were granted safe-conduct by the troops of the sovereign, were teased ("hänseln"). This way they became a member of the honourable company. Part of this custom was to empty a huge spoon of wine in one breath.
Starting from Pre- and Early history the Museum-Dreieich in Dreieichenhain shows the communal evolution and the origins of the district accompanied by facts and figures as well as fascinating impressions. But not all museums look at a certain space of time; some are concerned with a particular subject. Want to know about technology? At the fire brigade museum in Dietzenbach vehicles and equipment of fire fighters from the 19th century are displayed. Enjoy art? The museum of collection plates in Rödermark shows over 1500 china plates from 18 different countries. Interested in crafts? The pottery museum in Rödermark or the workshop museum in Obertshausen demonstrate the interlinkage of town and family history. Want to party? The carnival museum in Seligenstadt exhibits traditions and costumes. But also modern art plays an important part in the district. In many exhibition venues and galleries artists from the regions get a chance to present their work.
Looking for entertainment in the Kreis Offenbach – no problem! There is plenty to do. The Hugenottenhalle in Neu-Isenburg, for instance, has been a magnet for stars of the cultural landscape for decades. And still the concert hall is only one of many options to experience culture in the district. 13 municipalities, that means 13 exciting cultural programmes each with a different emphasis; cabaret, comedy, dance, theatre and music – there truly is a wide choice!
At the castle festival in Dreieichenhain, for example, renowned German actors perform under the sky and famous Jazz-musicians play in Seligenstadt at the Palatium. Especially in the open-air season a cultural programme is offered each week in the district. Whilst some are listening to an Opera Gala others go to one of the beach parties at the lakes in the region. That way Mainhausen located in the east of the district each year turns into the Mecca of pop music.
An excellent cuisine is another good reason to take a closer look at the Kreis Offenbach. Feeling at home comes naturally. Even those who stay only for a short holiday, business trip or are just passing by will find hospitality and recreation everywhere starting with simple guest houses and noble country inns up to first class hotels. There is something to suit everybody’s taste, and wallet. Whether swimming-pool, sauna or 18 hole golf course, the hotels in the Kreis Offenbach have made a name for themselves beyond the borders of the district, whether for seminars, holiday or on business. Many hotels offer seminar rooms with modern conference equipment for groups between 6 and 600 participants as well as exciting culinary concepts. The taste buds can be tackled at a traditional cider pub as well as at a gourmet restaurant starting from traditional Hesse cooking up to treating the guests to a first rate menu. Whoever visits the Kreis Offenbach without having tried the Hessian national beverage from the typical, finned glass for cider, surely misses out on a piece of Hessian joie de vivre. Visitors who do not want to do without the typical Hessian cheese, the so called "Handkäs" or the "Grün Soß" but at the same time wish to enjoy monkfish and entrecote, is in good hands in the Keis Offenbach.
Finding a leisure activity in the Kreis Offenbach is a challenging task for all those who cannot easily take a decision. A varied mix of possibilities – there is something to suit every taste.