Offenbach am Main

Offenbach am Main ôf´ənbäkh äm mīn [key] or Offenbach, city (1994 pop. 116,870), Hesse, S central Germany, on the Main River. It is an industrial center long famous for the manufacture of leather goods chemicals, electrical products, textiles, and machinery are also produced. Offenbach was first mentioned in the late 10th cent. it passed to the counts of Isenburg in the 15th cent. and was annexed by Hesse-Darmstadt in 1816. A Renaissance-style palace (1564–78) and museums of leathercraft, typography, and graphics are located in the city.

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