Frankfurt an der Oder looks back on a long history and was already an important trading center in the Middle Ages. What do you think of first when you hear Frankfurt an der Oder? The poet Heinrich von Kleist, the Viadrina University or the city's function as a border crossing to Poland?
The poet Heinrich von Kleist was born in Frankfurt an der Oder in 1777. If you're staying at a hotel in the center of Frankfurt-Oder today, you can still learn a lot about the author of works like The Broken Jug in the city. The Kleist Forum, where numerous theater performances and other cultural events take place, was named after the city's most famous son. And you can also walk in the footsteps of the poet in the Kleist Museum or on special city tours.
The Viadrina University, newly founded in 1992, with its students from more than 80 countries and numerous events such as the Unithea theater festival, characterizes life in the city. The Viadrina Museum, the cultural and historical museum of Frankfurt-Oder, is also connected to the university. It is located in the baroque Junkerhaus, that of a Hotel near the train station in Frankfurt-Oder is very easy to reach.
Thanks to the university, Frankfurt-Oder has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a science location for several hundred years. With a German-Polish range of courses, the university also connects Germany and the neighboring country.
The proximity to Poland and the close exchange with neighboring Slubice make Frankfurt-Oder a multicultural city in the heart of Europe. The twin cities are now planning many cultural and economic projects together. And also a tour through the pubs of Slubice or shopping in Poland are simply part of the inhabitants of Frankfurt-Oder.
The Frankfurt – Slubice border crossing is the most important German-Polish border crossing. More than half of all border crossings between Germany and Poland take place here. Many people simply cross the city bridge, which you can easily reach from a hotel in the center of Frankfurt-Oder - and are quickly on the other side of the Oder. And the people from Frankfurt and Slubice like to celebrate together - for example at the city festival "Bunter Hering", at the bridge festival or at the many musical events in the region.
The city name is therefore more than appropriate: Frankfurt means "free passage". The city was founded in 1253 at the "free ford". Even then, the urban area also referred to today's Slubice.