The city of Frankfurt (Oder) and environs
Master of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Frankfurt (Oder) is a city with a history stretching over more than 750 years. The beautiful and well preserved medieval town hall and the gothic church of St Mary, the largest religious brick building in northern Germany, reveal the former power, wealth and culture of this centre of Hanseatic trade. As well as these great cultural monuments, the city has other important historical buildings (for example, a beautiful late gothic is now the city’s concert hall), many beautiful parks and pleasant residential districts.
Located in green setting on a picturesque river, Frankfurt (Oder) is surrounded by the typical meadow, forest and lake countryside of the State of Brandenburg on the eastern border of Germany. The nearby Lake Helene, with its crystal clear water and white beaches, offer the opportunity of excellent bathing in summer and the escape into beautiful countryside all year round. Not far away lie the superb regions of the Spreewald with its beautiful forests and wet areas along the River Spree, and the Märkische Schweiz dotted with charming lakes set in undulating verdant country.
The city is situated on the western bank of the River Oder which forms a major part of the German-Polish border. Together with its polish neighbour, the town of Słubice, Frankfurt (Oder) provides the rare and immediate experience of a genuinely cross-border city. For those seeking the experience of a vibrant big city, Berlin, the German capital lying virtually in the centre of Europe, with its vast cultural offerings (numerous museums, 3 opera house, 8 symphony orchestras and a wide range of live jazz and popular music events) can be reached within about one hour on the regional express train.