Frankfurt (Oder)
STUDYING ON A CULTURAL BORDER

Frankfurt (Oder) Oder Bridge © DAAD
Frankfurt (Oder) Oder Bridge© DAAD

Frankfurt (Oder) offers cultural diversity, a fascinating history and a gorgeous landscape. In just ten minutes, you can cross the Oder River and visit the neighbouring country of Poland. With everything close by and prices which are affordable, it’s an ideal city for students.

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WELCOME TO FRANKFURT (ODER)

Frankfurt (Oder) is the easternmost university town in Germany. The campus of the European University Viadrina is situated on the Oder River. After a day of lectures and seminars, you can enjoy nature in the meadows along the river. Or you can take a quick trip to a nearby city by train. The bustling capital of is less than an hour away and Posen and Warsaw in Poland are not too far either.

Frankfurt (Oder) is an important centre of science and research. The internationally renowned Leibniz Institute has helped bring in numerous companies in the fields of microelectronics, communication and energy technology. The city is home to a business and innovation centre which provides support to regional entrepreneurs who cultivate contacts around the world through an international trade and commerce centre. The Frankfurt (Oder) Trade Fair and a technology and commerce centre make the city attractive to companies.

Frankfurt (Oder) is separated from the Polish city of by the Oder River. Słubice was formerly a part of Frankfurt (Oder) and used to be German until after World War II, when the Oder was designated Germany’s eastern border. Today, Słubice is completely Polish. The Oder Bridge takes you across the border to the Polish side. If you take a walk along the German side of the Oder, you’ll pass the “Friedensglocke“ (Bell of Peace). The bell is an important landmark of the city and symbolises the friendship between Germany and Poland.

You can enjoy a wonderful view of both cities from the 89-metre-high Oder Tower. There are many shops on the lower levels of the building, and the well-known Panorama Restaurant is located on the 24th floor.

Very few old buildings downtown were reconstructed after World War II. That’s why you won’t find a historic downtown quarter like in many other cities in Germany. Everywhere you go, you’ll see prefab high-rises which were typical housing projects in former socialist East Germany. There are a number of monuments which date back to the time of German division, such as the Marx head on Karl-Marx-Strasse. You should definitely pay a visit to St. Mary’s Church from the 13th century. The architecture and stunning stained-glass windows, which illuminate the inside of the church, are simply awe-inspiring.

The German writer was born in Frankfurt (Oder). Today there’s a museum dedicated to the famous playwright and his works. At the Kleist Forum Frankfurt, you can see various concerts, operas and musicals – and not only by Kleist. You can enjoy more music and theatre during the „Kleist Festiva“l and the „Frankfurt Music Festival“.

LIVING IN FRANKFURT (ODER)

Above all else, living in Frankfurt (Oder) is affordable. The rental prices are significantly lower than the German average and are even cheaper on the Polish side of the border. The drinks are less expensive in bars and clubs, and museums and theatres offer great bargains to students. There are lots of cosy cafés on the marketplace.

Unithea, an annual German-Polish theatre festival, is really worth seeing. The festival is organised by students of the University Viadrina and takes place in Germany and Poland. There’s also an outdoor summer festival which is held every year in the town of Eberswalde not far from Frankfurt (Oder).

With so many forests, fields and lakes nearby, the region around Frankfurt (Oder) is ideal for bicycle tours. Perhaps you’ll pass the Chorin Monastery near Eberswalde. And if you want to cool off, you can take a swim at the .

 

 

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