How do cities become partner cities?

Twin cities

Lived international understanding

Asinternational city With around 11.9 million guests a year and around 47,000 residents with a history of immigration, Heidelberg has eightTown twinning: with Hangzhou in China, Palo Alto in the USA, the French city of Montpellier, with Cambridge in Great Britain, Rehovot in Israel, Bautzen in Germany, Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula and with Kumamoto in Japan. The focus of the partnerships is the topic of "science".

The Lived international understanding ranges from official Delegation visits above Exchange of experiences at the political and administrative level up to Youth encounters and citizen activities. The City of Heidelberg has been organizing the International Summer Science School (ISH) since 1996, which brings together high school graduates from all of Heidelberg's partner cities. Since 2010, a cooperation between the International Summer Science School and the National Youth Science Forum has enabled young Heidelberg researchers to gain practical experience in Australia.

In addition, exist friendly relationships to the cities of Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Jelenia Góra (Poland) and Heidelberg (South Africa / Gauteng Province).

It is important to the city of Heidelberg that Contact with their Jewish former citizens to maintain. Meetings have already taken place in Heidelberg five times, at which the former citizens and their relatives visited Germany again for the first time since their expulsion. In order to maintain contact with the descendants of these former Heidelberg residents, the City of Heidelberg supports them on a visit to Heidelberg as part of the present funding program. First-generation descendants receive one-off financial support when they visit Heidelberg for several days.

Together with a network of cities in Baden, the city of Heidelberg is also involved in theMaintenance of the Gurs memorial involved in France. Numerous Jews from Heidelberg were deported to this concentration camp during the Second World War.

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The town twinning between Heidelberg and Montpellier is celebrating its anniversary: ​​on Thursday, May 13, 2021, 60 years ago, the then Lord Mayors Robert Weber (Heidelberg) and Francois Delmas (Montpellier) signed the partnership agreement as part of a Heidelberg Week in Montpellier. This was preceded by collaborations between the universities of both cities in the 1950s. Heidelberg and Montpellier would like to celebrate the anniversary in autumn with reciprocal visits to both cities and talk together about the future design and new projects in the city partnership. more...
The European week has been held annually in the first half of May since 1995. The aim is to inform citizens about Europe and to encourage them to engage in constructive discussions on European policy issues. The city of Heidelberg has been participating in Europe Week for many years. In the first week of May 2021, too, it will point out the importance of the European idea with several offers and campaigns and recall the many achievements and common European values ​​that unite. As in other municipalities, the European events planned for 2021 could unfortunately not take place due to the pandemic. Instead, there are digital offers this year. more...
The city of Heidelberg would like to do even more to combat food waste in the future - especially in an international context together with its French partner city of Montpellier. Heidelberg participates in the project "Together against food waste" of the Ministry for Rural Areas and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg. Lord Mayor Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner and State Secretary Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch signed a declaration of intent from the city in support of the project on Monday, May 3, 2021 in the town hall. The ministry and the municipalities involved in the initiative are committed to increasing the appreciation of food. At the same time, the project should also flow into existing partnerships with French cities and help to develop friendships and keep them alive. more...
In cooperation with the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, Culture and Communication (UNESCO) and the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), the City of Heidelberg is organizing the public online seminar “Participative Processes in the Context of Colonial Remembrance Culture”. Representatives from science, education, civil society and city administration will discuss how a public reminder of colonialism can be designed. The free seminar will take place online on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 3 p.m. You must register in advance by Tuesday, April 13, 2021, by email to [email protected] or by phone at 06221 58-15550. After registering, participants will receive the link to the Zoom seminar. more...
As part of the “Expedition Poetry” project, poets from two countries meet to translate their works into their respective mother tongue. The Federal Republic of Germany has now included the project as a best practice in its current state report on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The city of Heidelberg initiated the project and implemented it as a UNESCO City of Literature in the network of UNESCO Creative Cities. The head of the city's cultural office, Dr. Andrea Edel, meanwhile, was appointed to the Advisory Board “Diversity of Cultural Expressions” for the second time by the German UNESCO Commission. more...