Surrounding Area / Cultural Excursions

Frankfurt does not only lie at the Oder which in itself is a bonus. It is also situated in the midst of a unique, and because of the German Polish border since 1945, an almost unspoilt nature and is an ideal base for many excursions in all four directions.
 

In the North > In the South > In the West > In the East

 

 

In the North:

The »Oderbruch«
with diverse flora and fauna.

Unique to Europe are the Adonis roses, which bloom yellow in spring on the hillsides near Lebus, Mallnow and Poldezig. They did not get their name from the yellow flower, but the red kind: according to Greek mythology the Adonis ...
 
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In the North:

The Seelower Heights

The biggest battle of the Second World War on German territory took place here. 100,000 Russian, Polish and German soldiers lost their lives here. Shortly after the war, a larger than life monument of a soviet soldier by the Russian sculptor Lew Kerbel, was erected. A memorial place is connected to this, which in a moving and impressive way describes the history of the place in visual and audible form.

 

 

In the North:

The Fort Gorgast

The Fort Gorgast was part of the defensive ring around the fortress of Kstrin, which was completely destroyed in 1945. The fortress is now part of Poland, directly situated at the river Oder embankment and there are plans for its partial restoration. The Fort itself is almost completely intact and a very interesting construction. Both are worth visiting.

 

 

In the North:

Falkenhagen

The village lies east of the B5 in a nature reserve. In the woods of Falkenhagen the national socialists constructed a bunker for the research and development of nerve gases. You can visit the bunker and the remains of the factory (please ask at the Seehotel Falkenhagen). The village itself with its monumental field stone church situated between there lakes is interesting in itself.

 

 

In the North:

Neuhardenberg

The largest enclosed group of buildings by Friedrich Schinkel can be found here, who rebuild the place after its destruction through fire in 1801. The castle and the park of the Hardenbergs have been restored (new owners are the »German Sparkassen und Giroverband« banks) and now serve as venues for theatre, readings and concerts. The park is held as one of the most beautiful English style country parks in Germany. The remarkable church had its »starry roof« modelled on Mozarts opera »The Magic Flute«.

 

 

In the South:

Müllrose

Mllrose, »Gate to the SchlaubeTal (Schlaube Valley)«, about 15 km from Frankfurt (Oder), is a large lake for swimming and water sports. Nature reserve Schlaubetal (Schlaube Valley) Hiking along the Schlaube you can discover old mills.

 

 

In the South:

Eisenhüttenstadt

Eisenhttenstadt the town, erected specifically as a residence for workers of the Eisenhtte, the local steel works, is the largest memorial area in Germany. The fire service museum, the Museum of GDR culture and as a technical monument the Zwillingsschachtschleuse (parallel sluice) are worth visiting.

 

 

In the South:

Cistercian Abbey in Neuzelle

The former Cistercian Abbey in Neuzelle, with its magnificent baroque church, the garden and the orangery. In the summer there are concerts and opera performances on the estate or in the church itself.

 

 

In the South:

Beeskow

Beeskow: restored town centre with a completely in tact town wall, a medieval former castle, with alternating exhibitions, summer concerts and other spectacles.

 

 

In the West:

Fürstenwalde

Fürstenwalde with its lovingly restored centre, the ancient Minster, the town hall with its galleries and its museum, which alongside its extensive geological collections also houses a large collection by the painter and illustrator Gerhard Gomann.

 

 

In the West:

Bad Saarow at the Scharmützelsee

About ten minutes in the car will get you to Bad Saarow at the Scharmtzelsee (lake) the »Mrkische Meer« (lit. marsh see). It was the former »noble spa« of stars of film and the political scene in Berlin and it is on its way to achieve this status again. We can also recommend a trip to Wendisch Rietz a resort town on the southern banks of the Scharmtzelsee.

 

 

 

In the West:

Storkow

Storkow is one of the oldest towns in County Brandenburg; its castle is one of the most significant castles in Brandenburg and together with Castle Friedland and Castle Beeskow it belongs to the »Strele-Burgen«). It has a swimming bath at the lake and you can also visit Schloss Hubertushhe and the nature reserve Gro Schauener Seenkette (several linked lakes (purchased in 2002 by the Sielmann foundation).

 

 

 

In the East:

Polen

You can reach Poland by crossing Frankfurts Stadtbrcke (town bridge) in about three minutes; and there are a lot of worthwhile places for excursions: The border spanning Lebuser Land, which was awarded countryside of the year 2003/2004 by the International Federation of Friends of Nature.

 

 

 

In the East:

The Cistercian Abbey of Paradyż

The Cistercian Abbey of Paradyż from 1230, near the town of Meseritz. This is a subordinate abbey, the main being Abbey Lehnin in Brandenburg. There are two further ones: Abbey Chorin and Abbey Himmelpfort. Nowadays that abbey is the seat of the seminary of the Roman Catholic diocese Zielona Gra/Gorzw.

 

 

 

In the East:

Castle Meseritz (Międzyrzecz)

Castle Meseritz (Międzyrzecz), a partial ruin which has been restored. The house next to it from the »Starosten« (Polish term for a town elder) of the 18th century is now a museum with collection of »Sarggemlde« (paintings of coffins), as well as archaeological, historical and ethnographic collections.

 

 

In the East:

Hospitaller Castle in Sonnenburg (Słonsk)

Hospitaller Church and Ruin of the Hospitaller Castle in Sonnenburg (Słonsk) and neighbouring national park of the Oder-Warthe-Mndung (the estuary of the rivers Oder and Warthe)

 

 

In the East:

Łagow

The town of Łagow in the southern part of the former »Neumark« (lit. new marsh), picturesquely framed by three lakes. From 1347 1810 it was the headquarters of the Hospitaller Order, who built a castle here in the middle of the 14th century (which is open to visitors).

 

 

 

In the East:

The Ostwall (East Rampart)

The Ostwall (East Rampart) (fortress Oder-Warthe); after the Maginot Lines and the Atlantic Rampart one of the largest and largely preserved fortifications of the 20th century. Construction started under Hitler, but was never completed and it was later flattened by the soviet army.