Obertshausen, located just southeast of Frankfurt amid thick woods in the eastern Rhine-Main lowlands, kicks off each year with a Gala New Year’s Eve Ball at the beautiful conference center known as the Bürgerhaus Hausen.
With meeting halls that can accommodate up to 500 visitors, an onsite restaurant, buffet services and its own bowling alley, this facility is also the site for local theater performances from October through April.
The town marketplace is the site of the community’s largest festival, held on May 1st each year. Crowds throng the streets, as do vendors and merchants. As a landmark, look for the sculpted “three hands of friendship” rising 2.8 meters high at the central bus stop waiting area, as something of a gateway as well as a shelter.
In the old section of town, timbered houses appear much the same as they have for centuries, and the Heart of Jesus Church stands in the middle on a site occupied by religious structures since 1716. In summer, you can enjoy yourself at an open-air beer garden nearby.
Another local attraction is the ruins of the 12th-century Castle in the Woods. Today, only a portion remains of its once towering walls. Over the years, the location was taken over by quarry mining and gardening, but children love to come along and use their imaginations to reconstruct the fairytale-like castle which once existed in this place.
Take a little time to look over the Obertshausen train station, built at the end of the 19th century. Then pay a visit to the Karl Mayer House Heritage Museum (Heimatmuseum im Karl-Mayer-Haus), where displays of the area’s history and a lovely collection of leather pieces can be viewed.
Two fine bathing facilities are on hand to greet you, too. The outdoor Waldbad is open daily during the summer months with four pools, while the one known as “monte mare” offers swimming, saunas and an indoor diving center 365 days a year.