List of twin towns and sister cities in Switzerland

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This is a list of places in Switzerland having standing links to local communities in other countries. In many cases, these completely ceremonial associations, especially when formalized by the local governments, are called by the fallacious name of "town twinning" – though other terms, such as "sister city" and "partner town" are far more accurate. While most of the places included in this list are cities or towns, the list also contains villages, districts, counties, cantons, provinces, etc. with similar links.

The list includes twin towns and sister cites (Partnergemeinden, Partnerstädte, villes ou communes jumelles) of towns in Switzerland linked by a sister-city agreement (Städtepartnerschaft or Gemeindepartnerschaft; jumelage de villes) or friendship agreements (Freundschaft or amitié).

A few Swiss municipalities participating in projects arranged by the Swiss organizations Patenschaft für Berggemeinden (Parrainage suisse pour communes de montagne) are included. The program arranges sponsorships of municipalities in the Swiss Alps by other Swiss municipalities. The twinning may be a private initiative (e.g. between Zürich and San Francisco) or an initiative of the cities' authorities.

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List of towns and cities[edit]

Aarau[edit]

  • Neuchâtel (Switzerland),
  • Delft (Netherlands),
  • Reutlingen (Germany)

Aarwangen[edit]

  • Vodnany (Czech Republic)

Aigle[edit]

  • L'Aigle (France)
  • Tübingen (Germany)
  • Bassersdorf (Switzerland)

Allschwil[edit]

  • Pfullendorf (Germany)
  • Blaj (Romania)

Altdorf[edit]

  • Altdorf b. Nürnberg (Germany)

Arbon[edit]

  • Langenargen (Germany)
  • Binn (Switzerland)

Arconciel[edit]

  • Arconcey (France)

Rowena

  • Fukumitsu (Japan)

Assens[edit]

  • Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises (France)

Auenstein[edit]

  • Ilsfeld (Germany)

Ayent[edit]

  • Saint-Brévin-les-Pins (France)

Ayer[edit]

  • Montferrier-sur-Lez (France)

Baden[edit]

  • Sighisoara (Romania)

Basel[edit]

  • Shanghai (China)[2]

Bassersdorf[edit]

  • Aigle (Switzerland)

Baulmes[edit]

  • Mont-Saint-Sulpice (France)

Bellmund[edit]

  • Dobronin (Czech Republic)

Bergün/Bravuogn[edit]

  • Hallau (Switzerland)

Berikon[edit]

  • Würenlingen (Switzerland)

Berne[edit]

Bettingen[edit]

  • Safien (Switzerland)

Bettlach[edit]

  • Lütschental (Switzerland)

Bex[edit]

  • Tuttlingen (Germany)

Biel/Bienne[edit]

  • Iserlohn (Germany)

Binn[edit]

  • Urtenen-Schönbühl, Switzerland
  • Arbon, Switzerland

Birsfelden[edit]

  • Plan-les-Ouates (Switzerland)

Bischofszell[edit]

  • Möhringen, Tuttlingen (Germany)
  • Battaglia Terme (Italy)
  • Waidhofen an der Ybbs (Austria)

Boécourt[edit]

  • Périgny-sur-Yerres (France)

Bolligen[edit]

  • Hluboká nad Vltavou (Czech Republic)

Bonstetten[edit]

  • Bonstetten (Germany)

Bottens[edit]

  • Guéreins (France)

Boudry[edit]

  • Voujeaucourt (France)

Boussens[edit]

  • Boussens (France)

Braggio[edit]

  • Dietikon (Switzerland)

Bratsch[edit]

  • Horw (Switzerland)

Breil/Brigels[edit]

  • Gammelshausen (Germany)

Breitenbach[edit]

  • Grossbreitenbach (Germany)

Brienz[edit]

  • Brienz/Brinzauls (Switzerland)
  • Tryavna (Bulgaria)
  • Shimada, Shizuoka (Japan)[3]

Brienz/Brinzauls[edit]

  • Brienz, Berne (Switzerland)

Brig[edit]

  • Langenthal (Switzerland)
  • Domodossola (Italy)

Brugg[edit]

  • Rottweil (Germany)

Buchberg[edit]

  • Schnaittenbach (Germany)

Bülach[edit]

  • Santeramo in Colle (Italy)

Buochs[edit]

  • Deidesheim (Germany)

Burgdorf[edit]

  • Epesses (Switzerland)
  • Burgdorf (Germany)
  • San Pellegrino Terme (Italy)

Bussy-Chardonney[edit]

  • Teillay (France)

Carrouge[edit]

  • Carrouges (France)

Cham[edit]

  • Cham (Germany)

Chamblon[edit]

  • Bellegarde-en-Marche (France)

Chardonne[edit]

  • Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire (France)

Charmey[edit]

  • Orphin (France)

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne[edit]

  • Aubignan (France)

Cheyres[edit]

  • Saint-Martial (France)

Chur[edit]

  • Bad Homburg (Germany)
  • Cabourg (France)
  • Mayrhofen (Austria)
  • Mondorf-les-Bains (Luxembourg)
  • Terracina (Italy)

Claro[edit]

  • Valle di Cadore (Italy)

Corminboeuf[edit]

  • Fussy (France)

Cortaillod[edit]

  • Maienfeld (Switzerland)

Cottens[edit]

  • Combronde (France)

Cressier[edit]

  • Fegersheim (France)

Davos[edit]

None. Former relations have been cancelled since Februar 2010 by the council due to thorough austerity measures.

Delémont[edit]

  • Belfort (France)

Dietikon[edit]

  • Kolin (Czech Republic)
  • Braggio (Switzerland)
  • Renens (Switzerland)

Dulliken[edit]

  • Ammerndorf (Germany)

Dürnten[edit]

  • Szentbékkálla (Hungary)

Dürrenroth[edit]

  • Klenci (Czech Republic)

Ebikon[edit]

  • Embd (Switzerland)

Echichens[edit]

  • St-Fiacre-sur-Maine (France)

Eggerberg[edit]

  • Rothrist (Switzerland)

Eich[edit]

  • Eich, Saxony (Germany)

Eiken[edit]

  • Eicken-Bruche (Germany)
  • Eke (Belgium)
  • Eecke (France)

Elgg[edit]

  • Wenigzell (Austria)
  • Mafi Kumase (Ghana)

Embd[edit]

  • Ebikon (Switzerland)

Epesses[edit]

  • Burgdorf (Switzerland)

Erlenbach im Simmental[edit]

  • Erlenbach, Zürich (Switzerland)
  • Erlenbach am Main (Germany)

Erlenbach[edit]

  • Erlenbach im Simmental (Switzerland)
  • Erlenbach am Main (Germany)

Evolène[edit]

  • Châtelaillon-Plage (France)

Féchy[edit]

  • Oberdiessbach (Switzerland)

Felsberg[edit]

  • Felsberg (Germany)

Filet[edit]

  • Oftringen (Switzerland)

Fislisbach[edit]

  • Le Chambon-sur-Lignon (France)

Flawil[edit]

  • Isny (Germany)

Frauenfeld[edit]

  • Kufstein (Austria)

Fribourg/Freiburg[edit]

  • Rueil-Malmaison (France)

Frick[edit]

  • Frickingen (Germany)

Frutigen[edit]

  • Teteven (Bulgaria)

Gadmen[edit]

  • Volketswil (Switzerland)

Gansingen[edit]

  • Gansheim (Germany)

Geneva[edit]

Geneva does intentionally not have any particular "sister" tie with any city in the world. It declares itself related to the entire world.[4][5]

Gimel[edit]

  • Gimel-les-Cascades (France)

Giubiasco[edit]

  • Prilly (Switzerland)

Glarus[edit]

Grand-Saconnex[edit]

  • Carantec (France)

Grenchen[edit]

  • Neckarsulm (Germany)
  • Sélestat (France)

Grindelwald[edit]

  • Azumi, now Matsumoto (Japan)

Grossaffoltern[edit]

  • Horsovsky Tyn (Czech Republic)

Grosshöchstetten[edit]

  • Zirovnice (Czech Republic)

Hallau[edit]

  • Bergün (Switzerland)

Hausen bei Brugg[edit]

  • Hausen im Wiesental (Germany)

Heiden[edit]

  • Bezau (Austria)

Heitenried[edit]

  • Jaszago (Hungary)

Herzogenbuchsee[edit]

  • Senica (Slovakia)

Hinwil[edit]

  • Jablonne nad Orlici (Czech Republic)

Horw[edit]

  • Bratsch (Switzerland)

Hünenberg[edit]

  • Banská Štiavnica (Slovakia)

Illnau-Effretikon[edit]

  • Orlova (Czech Republic)

Interlaken[edit]

  • Huangshan City (China)
  • Scottsdale, Arizona (USA)
  • Ōtsu, Shiga, (Japan)
  • Třeboň, (Czech Republic)
  • Zeuthen (Germany)

Ittigen[edit]

  • Dobrush (Belarus)

Kiesen[edit]

  • Zeliv (Czech Republic)

Kilchberg[edit]

  • Kilchberg bei Tübingen (Germany)

Kloten[edit]

  • Cape Canaveral (USA)

Köniz[edit]

  • Prijepolje (Serbia)
  • Blatten (Switzerland)

Konolfingen[edit]

  • Počátky (Czech Republic)

Krauchthal[edit]

  • Kamenny Ujezd (Czech Republic)

Kreuzlingen[edit]

  • Wolfach (Germany)
  • Cisternino (Italy)

Kriens[edit]

  • San Damiano d'Asti (Italy)

Küssnacht[edit]

  • Küssaberg (Germany)
  • Zduny (Poland)

La Brévine[edit]

  • Leynes (France)

La Chaux-de-Fonds[edit]

  • Winterthur (Switzerland)
  • Frameries (Belgium)

La Sagne[edit]

  • Rosières-aux-Salines (France)

La Tour-de-Peilz[edit]

  • Ornans (France)
  • Thalwil (Switzerland)

Lachen[edit]

  • Schramberg (Germany)

Landiswil[edit]

  • Münchenbuchsee (Switzerland)

Langenthal[edit]

  • Brig-Glis (Switzerland)
  • Neviano (Italy)

Laufen[edit]

  • Laufen (Germany)

Le Châble[edit]

  • Mishicot, Wisconsin (USA)

Le Landeron[edit]

  • Solothurn (Switzerland)

Le Locle[edit]

  • Gérardmer (France)
  • Sidmouth (United Kingdom)

Le Mont-sur-Lausanne[edit]

  • Samedan (Switzerland)

Lengnau, Aargau[edit]

  • Lengnau, Bern (Switzerland)

Lengnau, Bern[edit]

  • Lengnau, Aargau (Switzerland)
  • Monteroni (Italy)
  • Strakonice (Czech Republic)

Les Brenets[edit]

  • Laroque, Héraut (France)

Les Planchettes[edit]

  • Bardouville (France)

Leuk[edit]

  • Münchwilen, Thurgau (Switzerland)

Lichtensteig[edit]

  • Adelberg (Germany)

Liestal[edit]

  • Onex (Switzerland)
  • Sacramento (USA)
  • Waldkirch (Germany)

Ligerz[edit]

  • Erôme (France)

Locarno[edit]

  • Lompoc (USA)

Lohn[edit]

  • Lohn-Ammannsegg, Solothurn (Switzerland)

Lohn-Ammannsegg[edit]

  • Lohn, Schaffhausen (Switzerland)

Lostorf[edit]

  • Rielasingen (Germany)

Lotzwil[edit]

  • Vetrni (Czech Republic)

Lucerne[edit]

  • Bournemouth, United Kingdom (1981)
  • Chicago, United States (1999)
  • Cieszyn, Poland (1994)
  • Guebwiller / Murbach, France (1978)
  • Olomouc, Czech Republic (1994)
  • Potsdam, Germany (2002)

Lutry[edit]

  • Sigriswil (Switzerland)

Lütschental[edit]

  • Bettlach (Switzerland)

Lyss[edit]

  • Monopoli (Italy)

Maienfeld[edit]

  • Cortaillod (Switzerland)

Malleray[edit]

  • Tar (Hungary)

Martigny[edit]

  • Vaison-la-Romaine (France)
  • Sursee (Switzerland)

Martigny-Combe[edit]

  • Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult (France)

Massagno[edit]

  • Onex (Switzerland)

Meilen[edit]

  • Ebes (Hungary)
  • Policka (Czech Republic)

Meisterschwanden[edit]

  • Saint-Claude-de-Diray (France)

Merzligen[edit]

  • Jamné (Czech Republic)

Mex, Valais[edit]

  • Saint-Alban-les-Eaux (France)

Mex, Vaud[edit]

  • Lugny-lès-Charolles (France)

Monthey[edit]

  • Diekirch (Luxembourg)
  • Ivrea (Italy)
  • Tübingen (Germany)

Montreux[edit]

  • Wiesbaden (Germany)
  • Menton (France)
  • Chiba City (Japan)

Morcote[edit]

  • Viarmes (France)

Morges[edit]

  • Vertou (France)
  • Rochefort (Belgium)

Moudon[edit]

  • Mazan (France)

Mühleberg[edit]

  • Schwanfeld (Germany)

Münchenbuchsee[edit]

  • Landiswil (Switzerland)
  • Milevsko (Czech Republic)

Münchwilen[edit]

  • Leuk (Switzerland)

Münsingen[edit]

  • Münsingen (Germany)
  • Humpolec (Czech Republic)

Muntelier[edit]

  • Castiglione Falletto (Italy)

Müntschemier[edit]

  • Hardheim (Germany)

Mutten[edit]

  • Riehen (Switzerland)

Näfels[edit]

  • Bad Säckingen (Germany)

Naters[edit]

  • Ornavasso (Italy)

Neerach[edit]

  • Präz (Switzerland)

Neuchâtel[edit]

  • Aarau (Switzerland)
  • Besançon (France)
  • Sansepolcro (Italy)

Neuenhof[edit]

  • Holzgerlingen (Germany)

Nidau[edit]

  • Schliengen (Germany)

Niederried bei Kallnach[edit]

  • Nisovice (Czech Republic)

Nods[edit]

  • Nods (France)

Nyon[edit]

  • Nyons (France)

Oberdiessbach[edit]

  • Féchy (Switzerland)
  • Kardasova Recice (Czech Republic)

Oberembrach[edit]

  • Trhova Kamenice (Czech Republic)

Oberflachs[edit]

  • Seitingen-Oberflacht (Germany)

Oberwil[edit]

  • Aschau im Zillertal (Austria)

Oftringen[edit]

  • Filet (Switzerland)

Olsberg[edit]

  • Olsberg (Germany)

Olten[edit]

  • Altenburg (Germany)

Onex[edit]

  • Liestal (Switzerland)
  • Massagno (Switzerland)
  • Bandol (France)

Oron-la-Ville[edit]

  • Bussac (France)

Orpund[edit]

  • Brtnice (Czech Republic)

Palézieux[edit]

  • Vers-Pont-du-Gard (France)

Payerne[edit]

  • Paray-le-Monial (France)

Perroy[edit]

  • Zofingen (Switzerland)
  • Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne (France)

Plaffeien[edit]

  • Kasterlee (Belgium)

Plan-les-Ouates[edit]

  • Villefranche-sur-Mer (France)
  • Birsfelden (Switzerland)

Pontresina[edit]

Präz[edit]

  • Neerach (Switzerland)

Préverenges[edit]

  • Préveranges (France)

Prilly[edit]

  • Giubiasco (Switzerland)

Pully[edit]

  • Obernai (France)

Radelfingen[edit]

  • Pobezovice (Czech Republic)

Rafz[edit]

  • Hetvehely (Hungary)

Rapperswil-Jona[edit]

  • Aalborg (Denmark)
  • Bagno di Romagna (Italy)

Reconvilier[edit]

  • Sillingy (France)

Reigoldswil[edit]

  • Bad Bellingen (Germany)

Reinach[edit]

  • Ostfildern (Germany)

Renens[edit]

  • Dietikon (Switzerland)

Riehen[edit]

  • Miercurea-Ciuc (Romania)
  • Mutten (Switzerland)

Risch-Rotkreuz[edit]

  • Amaroni (Italy)

Rolle[edit]

  • Wallisellen (Switzerland)

Romainmôtier-Envy[edit]

  • Nagaoka (Japan)

Rorschach[edit]

  • Sopron (Hungary)

Rothrist[edit]

  • Eggerberg (Switzerland)

Rüthi[edit]

  • Wolfegg (Germany)

Saanen[edit]

  • Darmstadt (Germany)[7]
  • Cannes (France)
  • Ordino/La Massana (Andorra)

Saas-Fee[edit]

  • Steamboat Springs (USA)
  • Rocca di Cambio (Italy)

Safien[edit]

  • Bettingen (Switzerland)

Saillon[edit]

  • Barbentane (France)

Saint-Blaise[edit]

  • St. Blasien (Germany)

Saint-Oyens[edit]

  • Saint-Oyen (France)
  • Saint-Oyen (Italy)

Saint-Ursanne[edit]

  • La Motte, Var (France)

Samedan[edit]

  • Le Mont-sur-Lausanne (Switzerland)

Savièse[edit]

  • Vaux-le-Pénil (France)

Saxon[edit]

  • Bouliac (France)

Schaffhausen[edit]

  • Sindelfingen (Germany)
  • Singen am Hohentwiel (Germany)
  • Dobrich (Bulgaria)

Schenkon[edit]

  • Schenkenzell (Germany)

Schmitten[edit]

  • Dabrowica[8] (Poland)

Schöfflisdorf[edit]

  • Missolonghi (Greece)

Schwerzenbach[edit]

  • Aizpute (Latvia)

Selma[edit]

  • Wittenbach (Switzerland)

Sembrancher[edit]

  • Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres (France)

Sevelen[edit]

  • Issum (Germany)

Sierre[edit]

  • Aubenas (France)
  • Cesenatico (Italy)
  • Delfzijl (Netherlands)
  • Schwarzenbek (Germany)
  • Zelzate (Belgium)

Sigriswil[edit]

  • Lutry (Switzerland)
  • Villa General Belgrano (Argentina)

Sion[edit]

  • Colón (Argentina)
  • Philippi (USA)

Sirnach[edit]

  • Helvécia (Hungary)

Solothurn[edit]

  • Heilbronn (Germany)
  • Kraków (Poland)
  • Le Landeron (Switzerland)

Spiez[edit]

  • Prachatice (Czech Republic)

Spreitenbach[edit]

  • Bra (Italy)

St. Gallen[edit]

  • Liberec (Czech Republic)

St. Moritz[edit]

  • Kutchan (Japan)

Steffisburg[edit]

  • Jindrichuv Hradec (Czech Republic)

Suhr[edit]

  • Castelnuovo Rangone (Italy)

Sursee[edit]

  • Highland (USA)
  • Martigny (Switzerland)

Thalwil[edit]

  • La Tour-de-Peilz (Switzerland)

Thierachern[edit]

  • Sezimovo Usti (Czech Republic)

Thônex[edit]

  • Graveson (France)

Thun[edit]

  • Gabrovo (Bulgaria)

Trimmis[edit]

  • Weyregg am Attersee (Austria)

Trubschachen[edit]

  • Strmilov (Czech Republic)

Tübach[edit]

  • Oberteuringen (Germany)

Tuggen[edit]

  • Unterharmersbach (Germany)

Urtenen-Schönbühl[edit]

  • Binn (Switzerland)
  • Dacice (Czech Republic)

Uster[edit]

  • Prenzlau (Germany)

Vaumarcus[edit]

  • Vira (Gambarogno) (Switzerland)

Vellerat[edit]

  • Voeren/Fourons (Belgium)

Vétroz[edit]

  • Beaumont-lès-Valence (France)

Vevey[edit]

  • Müllheim (Germany)
  • Carpentras (France)

Villeret[edit]

  • Louzac-Saint-André (France)

Vira[edit]

  • Vaumarcus (Switzerland)

Volketswil[edit]

  • Gadmen (Switzerland)

Vouvry[edit]

  • Bodnegg (Germany)

Vucherens[edit]

  • Droiturier (France)

Wallisellen[edit]

  • Rolle (Switzerland)

Wangen bei Olten[edit]

  • Traben-Trarbach (Germany)

Wetzikon[edit]

  • Melnik (Czech Republic)
  • Badolato (Italy)

Wil[edit]

  • Dobrzeń Wielki (Poland)

Winterthur[edit]

  • Hall in Tirol (Austria)
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland)
  • Pilsen (Czech Republic)
  • Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland)

Wittenbach[edit]

  • Wilburgstetten (Germany)
  • Selma (Switzerland)

Wittnau[edit]

  • Wittnau (Germany)

Wohlen[edit]

  • Lermoos (Austria)

Worb[edit]

  • Edelény (Hungary)

Würenlingen[edit]

  • Beringen (Switzerland)

Yverdon-les-Bains[edit]

  • Nogent-sur-Marne (France)
  • Winterthur (Switzerland)
  • Prokuplje (Serbia)
  • Kagamino (Japan)
  • Pontarlier (France)
  • Collesano (Italy)

Zermatt[edit]

  • Alfano (Italy), Myōkō (Japan)

Zollikofen[edit]

  • Neudörfl, Burgenland (Austria)

Zug[edit]

  • Fürstenfeld (Austria)

Zürich[edit]

  • Kunming (China)
  • San Francisco, California (United States)

Zweisimmen[edit]

  • Oberrot (Germany)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Association Suisse des Communes et Régions d'Europe". L'Association suisse pour le Conseil des Communes et Régions d'Europe (ASCCRE) (in French). Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  2. ^ Basel: Diverse range of attractive opportunities (China Daily)
  3. ^ "Local Government International Exchange:". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures: Sister city information Database. Tokyo, Japan: Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Service des relations extérieures" (in French). Service des relations extérieures SRE, la Ville de Genève. 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2015-10-20. Ville internationale et multiculturelle, Genève noue depuis plusieurs siècles des contacts privilégiés avec le monde entier. 
  5. ^ "Genève, partenaire du rapprochement entre villes" (in French). Service des relations extérieures SRE, Genève ville internationales. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2015-10-20. La Ville de Genève entretient des relations multilatérales et bilatérales avec de nombreuses villes dans le monde. 
  6. ^ "Wiesbaden's international city relations". City of Wiesbaden. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Town Twinnings and international relations (from the official city website. Accessed 11 August 2008.)
  8. ^ http://www.freiburger-nachrichten.ch/archiv-sense/vom-polenteam-finanziert-0

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