Frankfurt (Oder) is located in the federal state of Brandenburg, directly on the German-Polish border. A visit to the city invites you to explore the town and take some time out on the Oder.
Frankfurt was once a Hanseatic city on the Oder. Today, shipping in this section of the Oder is only possible when there is enough water. Excursions by boat are usually possible in the summer months.
The city is a university town. It is home to the Brandenburg State University Viadrina, which opened its doors to students as early as 1506. Famous personalities such as Ulrich von Hutten, the Humboldt brothers and Heinrich von Kleist spent years of study here. Heinrich von Kleist was born in the Oder city in 1777, and today a museum commemorates the artist.
During the Second World War, about 93% of the city was destroyed in the fighting. From the 1950s onwards, many residential areas were rebuilt. The style of the post-war buildings still defines the cityscape today. The remaining historic buildings have been renovated and today show how beautiful the architecture was before the war.
According to the Potsdam Agreement, the Oder became the border river between the GDR and Poland. This led to the separation of Frankfurt and the Dammvorstadt on the other side of the river. The latter was given the name Słubice. The city bridge, which connects the two cities, crosses the Oder and was a border station between them for many years. Today, you can move back and forth between the cities here without controls.
Sights in Frankfurt (Oder)
Accommodation tips for Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice
Travel information about Frankfurt (Oder)
The nearest major international airport is Berlin-Brandenburg Airport.
Regional trains stop in Frankfurt (Oder), providing connections to Berlin, Cottbus, Magdeburg and Eisenhüttenstadt.
In addition, long-distance trains from Poznan or Warsaw also stop here.
There are bus connections to the surrounding districts that belong to the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association. The bus station is located directly at the main railway station.
The A 12 federal motorway from Berlin to Warsaw passes Frankfurt (Oder). In addition, the federal roads B 112, B 87, B 5 and B 167 connect the city with the surrounding region.
There is a connection to Poland via the city bridge.
When the water level is sufficient, the Oder is navigable in Frankfurt (Oder).
The Oder-Neisse cycle path leads through the city.
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By public transport
Buses and trams run through the city. There are a total of 5 tram lines, 9 bus lines and 2 night lines.
Bus 983 goes over the city bridge to the Polish town of Słubice.
The touristically interesting city area is not particularly large and can be easily discovered on foot.
Excursions on the Oder River are offered.