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List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

This is a list of places in Germany which have standing links to local communities in other countries, or in other parts of Germany (mostly across the former inner German border). In most cases, the association, especially when formalised by local government, is known as "town twinning" (though other terms, such as "partner towns" or "sister cities" are sometimes used instead), and while most of the places included are towns, the list also comprises villages, cities, districts, counties, etc. with similar links.

A few twin places have a historical German name, especially in bordering countries or areas with mixed languages.

For German-German twins there are abbreviated state names: Baden-Württemberg (BW), Bavaria (BA), Berlin (BE), Brandenburg (BB), Bremen (BN), Hamburg (HB), Hesse (HE), Lower Saxony (LS), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV), North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Rhineland-Palatinate (RP), Saarland (SL), Saxony-Anhalt (SA), Saxony (SX), Schleswig-Holstein (SH) and Thuringia (TH).

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  • Aachen, North Rhiiège (Lüttich), Belgium (1955)
Reims, France (1967)
Halifax, United Kingdom (1979)
Toledo, Spain (1985)

  • Aalen, Baden-Württemberg:

  • Adenau, Rhineland-Palatinate:

  • Ahaus, North Rine-Westphalia:

  • Ahlen, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Altena, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Alzey, Rhineland-Palatinate:

  • Anklam, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:

  • Aub, Bavaria:


Contrexéville, France (1982)
Llandrindod Wells, Wales (2001)

Grand Island, Nebraska, USA[3]

Royan, France (1980)

  • Belm, Lower Saxony:

borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf:[4]

borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg:[5]

borough of Lichtenberg:[6]

borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf:[7]

borough of Mitte:[8]

borough of Neukölln:[9]

borough of Pankow:[10]

borough of Reinickendorf:[11]

borough of Spandau:[12]

borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf:[13]

borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg:[14]

borough of Treptow-Köpenick:[15]

Gladsaxe, Denmark (1962)

  • Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia:

Truro, United Kingdom (1991)
Blackpool, United Kingdom (2000)

  • Brilon, North Rhine-Westphalia:


  • Calw, Baden-Württemberg:
Latsch, Italy (1957)

Bernay, France (1989)

De Bilt, Netherlands (1977)
Liverpool, United Kingdom, since 1952
Lille, France, since 1958
Liège, Belgium, since 1958
Rotterdam, Netherlands, since 1958
Turin, Italy, since 1958[17]
Burgas, Bulgaria since 1991
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, since 1958
Kyoto, Japan, since 1963[18]
Tunis, Tunisia, since 1964
Turku, Finland, since 1967
Neukölln, Germany, since 1967
Tel Aviv, Israel, since 1979
Barcelona, Spain, since 1984[19]
Beijing, China, since 1987[20]
Cork, Ireland, since 1988[21]
Thessaloniki, Greece, since 1988[22]
Corinto/El Realejo, Nicaragua, since 1988
Indianapolis, USA, since 1988
Volgograd, Russia, since 1988
Treptow-Köpenick, Germany, since 1990
Katowice, Poland, since 1991
Bethlehem, Palestinian Authority, since 1996[23]
Istanbul, Turkey, since 1997
Cluj-Napoca, Romania, since 1999
Batangas, Philippines
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, since 2011[24]

Stadtallendorf (HE), Germany (1993)


Neusiedl am See, Austria (1978)
Toledo, Ohio, USA (2002)

Diest, Belgium (1963)

Leens (De Marne)

  • Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia:


Saarlouis (SL), Germany (1982)
Hurst Green, United Kingdom [1] (1984)

Saint-James, France (1974)

  • Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein:



Ramat HaSharon, Israel (2005)

Wenzhou, China (Friendship city)

  • Gronau, North Rhine-Westphalia:


  • Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia:

Post Falls, Idaho, USA[37]
Lossiemouth, United Kingdom (1972)

Leven, Fife, Scotland

Hartlepool, United Kingdom (1973)
  • Husum, Schleswig-Holstein:



  • Jade, Lower Saxony:
Bakonynána, Hungary (2001)

Haubourdin, France (1964)


Soufflenheim, France (1985)

  • Kehl, Baden-Württemberg:

  • Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein: