From July 8th to 10th, 2016, the 13th Hanseatic City Festival "Bunter Hering" will take place in Frankfurt-Oder and Słubice on the Polish side of the Oder. Concerts, rowing competitions, a fair, parties and much more await visitors. The competitions such as cherry stone spitting and the traditional duck race inspire young and old alike. The rowing regatta of the three faculties of the Viadrina University is just as traditional.
But what is the “colorful herring” all about? When wedding couples tie the knot in Frankfurt City Hall, they often like to be photographed in front of the south gable of the City Hall. The photographer crouches down so deeply that the golden fish, which is hanging on a fishing rod on the gable, is also in the wedding photo. These pictures, taken diagonally from bottom to top, are an absolute specialty of Frankfurt-Oder. The herring is the sign of Frankfurt-Oder as a Hanseatic city.
More than 100,000 visitors came to Frankfurt-Oder on the “Bunten Herring” weekend. An overnight stay in our hotel in the center of Frankfurt-Oder is therefore a good way to reach the event quickly. The Hanseatic City Festival is one of the largest of its kind in East Brandenburg. Everywhere in the city center and on the banks of the Oder there are stages and stands selling all kinds of delicacies. On the stages there are music, theater, dance groups and other cultural performances. Year after year, one of the highlights is the big fireworks display on the Oder Bridge, which connects Frankfurt-Oder and Slubice. Actually, the whole of Frankfurt-Oder is on its feet this July weekend.
Since 2008 the town festival has also been held in Slubice. There the event is called “Swawolny Kogucik”. From our hotel in Frankfurt-Oder you can also reach the Polish twin town quickly and easily by public transport. This year the motto is "The colorful herring is dancing". Historically, it will be about Peter Joseph Lenné, who shaped garden art in Prussia for half a century. There is a park named after him in Frankfurt-Oder that you should definitely visit during your stay at our hotel in Frankfurt-Oder.
So if you are interested in city history and dance, you are in good hands at the "Bunten Hering". Some dance groups have already confirmed. But as every year, visitors can look forward to musical and cultural guests from the region and from all over the world. As a rule, well-known stars from the music scene perform at the Hanseatic City Festival, and they are one of the highlights of the city festival. A visit to Frankfurt-Oder in July is definitely worth it. There is definitely something going on in the city!