List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

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This is a list of places in Germany having standing links to local communities in other countries, or, respectively 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 (old or 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).


  • Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia:
  • 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)
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:
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: