Eisenhüttenstadt is a city of 25,000 people (2018) in Brandenburg. It was founded in the 1950s, and its Stalinist architecture is a major draw for travellers. Many buildings are protected due to their historic and architectural value.
Eisenhüttenstadt was founded as Stalinstadt in the 1950s in the eastern part of communist East Germany to house the employees of an iron works (Eisenhütte) nearby. It was named after Soviet premier Joseph Stalin. After he died and new Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev dismantled Stalin's cult of personality, Stalinstadt was united with the pre-existing city of Fürstenberg to form a new municipality under the de-Stalinized name of "Eisenhüttenstadt".
The town has had the same problems after 1990 as most towns of its size in the former East Germany, including unemployment, young people moving out, and low birth rates. Its unique history and architecture make it a somewhat undiscovered destination for tourism. While the name may be challenging if you don't speak German, it means "Iron Hut City". Locals often shorten it to "Hütte" in daily conversation.
From the A12 about 28 km south of Frankfurt an der Oder.
- Jesu Christi Der Heiligen der letzten Tage, Lindenplatz 1, ☏ . Mormon Church.
- Soviet memorial (Sowjetisches Ehrenmal), Platz des Gedenkens. For 4109 prisoners of war.
- Memorial stone in Jewish cemetery (Gedenkstein auf dem Jüdischen Friedhof), Kirchhofweg. For a murdered Jewish family from Fürstenberg.
- Memorial plaque (Gedenktafel am Geburtshaus), Königstraße 61. For shot Jewish couple.
- Gasometer des EKO-Stahlwerks.
- 1 , Erich-Weinert-Allee 3, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 11:00-17:00. Adult €4, reduced €2.
- Museum Eisenhüttenstadt, Löwenstraße 4, ☏ , email@example.com. Tu-F 10:00-17:00, Sa Su 13:00-17:00. Regular €2, reduced €1, more for special exhibitions.
- Feuerwehrmuseum, Heinrich-Pritzsche-Straße 26, ☏ .
- Frankfurt an der Oder
- If you haven't been to Berlin already, it is about 1½ hr by train
- The town is right at the border with Poland; however the Oder bridge is still ruined, so there is no way there straight from Eisenhüttenstadt except maybe by a private boat
- The Lusatian Lake District is just to the south and west.