A year later it was given to the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt.
Always very close to the city centre of Frankfurt, Offenbach was a popular location for business.
bringing the knowledge of tobacco with them and turning Offenbach into a centre for rolling cigars.
During the Middle Ages Offenbach passed through many hands.
Only in 1486 could the Count Ludwig of Isenenburg finally take control of city for his family, and 1556 Count Reinhard of Isenburg relocated his Residence to Offenbach, building a palace, the Isenburger Schloß (Isenburg Palace), which was completed in 1559.
The town has an own trade fair, many companies opened facilities because of less restrictions and no close businesses.
French Protestants (Huguenots) came in the 17th centuries and settled in Offenbach and contributed to making Offenbach a prosperous city e.g.
Offenbach was also the European center of typography, with Gebr.
Klingspor and Linotype (inventors of Optima or Palatino typeface) moving to nearby Eschborn in the 1970s and MAN Roland printing machines still a major employer today.
Typography and design still remain important with a cluster of graphic design and industrial design companies, as well as the university level Hf G Offenbach design school and the Klingspor Museum.
In recent years Offenbach has become a popular location for a wide array of services, especially from the transport sectors.
The Rumpenheim Palace and its park was a popular destination of monarchs in the 19th century.
The city was thereafter ruled by Grand Dukes of Hesse and by Rhine until the monarchy was abolished in 1918.
Offenbach is the host to the European headquarters of Honda, Hyundai Motors.