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GAL Conference 2015

Information on Frankfurt & Słubice

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Two countries, two cities, one trip: Frankfurt and Słubice are in many ways definitely worth a visit!

Although you will find different mentalities and languages in Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice, the two European twin cities actually share a common past.

Before 1945, the two cities constituted one under the name Frankfurt on the Oder, however when the Oder-Neiße region was divided by the war, both cities were compelled to find a new identity. This interesting “mix” of mentalities is what makes these cities so fascinating.

Frankfurt’s city centre that was destroyed during the last days of war has been given a completely new look following the reunification of Germany. The beautifully restored buildings stemming from the Hanseatic period are an example of this. They include the town hall, one of the oldest brick gothic constructs, an architectural style popular in Northern Germany; the St. Mary’s church with its famous stained glass windows from the 14th century; and the concert hall, one of the most beautiful in the state of Brandenburg and as a former Franciscan church, it serves as the home of the Brandenburg State Orchestra and the Frankfurt Singing Academy, among other events. Whether it’s a concert, theatre spectacle or a museum, Frankfurt (Oder) offers an impressive array of activities. There exist numerous parks in the city of which the Lenné Park and the Ziegenwerder Island are just examples; the latter is situated directly on the Oder river and was turned into an Europagarten in 2003 for both sister cities. Last but not least, one of the old routes of St. Jacob’s Way, coming from the East, crosses the city.

Słubice has also much more to offer than its well-known bazaar. The beautifully designed pedestrian area right behind the Oder bridge is perfect for a stroll. What’s more, built in 1927, the stadium that – after Berlin’s - was once Germany’s most modern was caringly restored by Słubice ‘s citizens and is also worth seeing. But the most beautiful parts of the city are the river landscape on both sides of the river and the Oder esplanade.

This European “Twin City” is the ideal starting point for exploring the beautiful surroundings with its castles, historic towns, lakes, forests, nature reserves as well as its fascinating history.

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