Welcome to Frankfurt (Oder)
Germany’s ‘other’ Frankfurt, on the Oder River 90km east of Berlin, was practically wiped off the map in the final days of WWII. It never recovered its one-time grandeur as a medieval trading centre and university town. It didn’t help that the city was split in two after the war, with the eastern suburb across the river becoming the Polish town of Słubice. The post-war years produced a decidedly unflattering Stalinist look, but the scenic river setting, a few architectural gems and its proximity to Poland (cheaper vodka and cigarettes, for all you hedonists) make fairly compelling excuses to pop by.