Frankfurt (Oder) — Jazz, Apple Wine, Frankfurters

Well, it might actually surprise you to know that Frankfurt sports two identities based on location. Frankfurt an der Oder is the town by the River Oder in Brandenburg, a short walk across a bridge from Poland. Whereas Frankfurt am Main is the metropolis by the River Main.

Most folks however, just know the fabulous Frankfurt International Airport on their way to and from other major hubs. Big mistake, my friend, for there’s plenty to enchant you in the little town by the Oder, of which I’m talking about here on this page.

Impressive medieval architecture such as the neo-gothic post office building, the Town Hall, the Church of St.Mary’s (St. Marienkirche), and the Main Railway Station will have you clicking away madly.

They stand in stark contrast to the modern 24-storey Oderturm which is the tallest building in town. The view from the roof top restaurant is not something you’ll forget in a hurry. This quaint town lies before you in a placid contentment that gently settles in your own heart.

Once you’ve had your fill of the cultural feast, let your thoughts turn to the pursuit of happiness.

On to the camp grounds by the shores of Lake Helene. The vista beats anything a high resolution TV can come up with, and the experience is as heady as apple wine. Surely by now you’ve tried that wine, if not, please do so and find out what you were missing.

No, schnapps does not come close!

Frankfurt Oder has a very serious past time; it is the sports city of Brandenburg. So if sport is where your heart is, there’s always something going on.

Other than the trade fairs and conferences that keep this city busy, there’s the mellow side of life embodied in the concerts of the Brandenburg State Orchestra, theater in the Kleist Forum (one reason they call themselves Kleiststadt), and art exhibitions in the Museum of Young Art, besides cabaret and opera.

Aren’t you glad you didn’t curl up at the airport instead of venturing out? ;-)

 

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