Offenburg
SUNNY WINE TOWN ON THE EDGE OF THE BLACK FOREST

The Town Hall Square © Florian Schubert
The Town Hall Square© Florian Schubert Open fig caption

Nestled in the mountains of the Black Forest lies the city of Offenburg. Surrounded by hills and vineyards, you can study in an easy-going atmosphere which Baden is well-known for. Everything is close-by, the weather is almost always nice, and the proximity to Strasbourg lends Offenburg an international flair.

WELCOME TO OFFENBURG

Offenburg is situated in the southwest corner of Germany near the Rhine River and the French border. You will find less tourists here than in other better known cities in Germany. Offenburg is located in the region of Baden. This area is famous throughout Germany for its hearty cuisine, good weather and fine wine. You’ll find it all in Offenburg, surrounded by ancient, half-timbered houses and narrow alleyways which are so distinctive of old German cities.

 

When you arrive at the train station, the city welcomes you with a beautiful collection of half-timbered houses. The large tower of the City Church points the way to the pedestrian zone downtown, which you can easily reach on foot within ten minutes. Around the marketplace you’ll find many cafés and restaurants, and a few metres further you’ll come to the magnificent old city hall.

If you want, you can wander down one of the smaller side streets where you’ll likely discover some interesting shops! It’s a lot of fun to go window shopping, or “bummeln” as they say in Germany. You always find something small you’ve never seen before because most of the shops are not chain stores. They sell things you can’t find anywhere else in Germany.

The city of Offenburg is known for its media industry. Around the city there are of several smaller towns and villages which you can reach by train or bus. One of these is Gengenbach where the second campus of the is located.

LIVING IN OFFENBURG

You can reach most destinations in Offenburg conveniently on foot or by bike. The campus in Gengenbach is about ten minutes away by train. On your way there you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Ortenau region where Offenburg is located.

Winemaking is very important in Offenburg, which you’ll quickly notice by the countless rows of vines growing up the hillsides. The city stages a wine festival at the last weekend of September every year. The vintners of Offenburg present their wines on the marketplace during the four-day festival. There’s also music, food and many different wine-tastings. Enjoying the festive atmosphere together with friends is the most fun.

If you want to get some physical activity in your free time, you can participate in the (vineyard hiking tour) on the first Sunday of September. It’s a good opportunity to hike through the vineyards and try out wine and authentic Baden cuisine.

But there’s much more to Offenburg than just wine. Around the historic city centre with its many old buildings, you’ll quickly find a nice restaurant where you can try out southern German food or simply meet up with friends for a beer. Because the city isn’t very large, it’s no problem to spontaneously get together in the evening. And when the weather gets warm in the summer, you can take a ride to Gifiz Lake. It’s a good place to cool off in the crystal clear water and have a party on the beach at night.

If at some point you want to visit a bigger city, Strasbourg on the French side of the border is not far away. A train will take you there in 30 minutes.

How to find a room in Offenburg

Many university and college towns have dormitories or student halls, and a room there is often the most affordable accommodation. To obtain a room in a dormitory or student hall, you have to apply to your college or university’s student union (). Our ‘Find Student Hall’ function can be of practical help. You only need to make a few mouse clicks to get to the online application form. Find a room and more information about dormitories and student halls in Offenburg.

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