From afar, Isenburg Castle in Offenbach looks like an imposing fortress, but on closer inspection it becomes clear why it is considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. Where a Gothic moated castle once stood, the Counts of Isenburg had their prestigious castle built in the mid-16th century as a residence and administrative seat. After a fire in 1564, it was rebuilt and beautiful galleries were added. After the Counts of Isenburg received the title of Prince in 1748, however, they moved to more representative houses in the city. Today, Isenburg Castle houses the College of Design and is regularly used for events.