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© Reading UK

Town twinning is the concept of creating a partnership between cities. The main goal for the cities is to work together in cultural and economical sectors as well as to inform about city structure related issues. Most twin town arrangements are between cities in different countries that face similar social, economical and political situations or perhaps share historical links.

The city of Düsseldorf currently supports eight town-twinnings. The international commitment started in 1988 with treaties of partnership with the city of Reading in the UK, Warsaw in Poland, Haifa, Israel and Chemnitz of the former GDR. In 1992 Moscow in Russia joined the list of twin towns. The youngest relations are held with the city of Chongqing in China that became a partner city in 2004.


The UK city of Reading has a population of 148,000 inhabitants and is located on the confluence of the Thames and the Kennet, in the county of Berkshire approximately 60 km west of London.


Warsaw is the cultural and economical centre of Poland. The city with a population of 1,7 million people is one of the major cities in eastern Europe.


The third largest city in Israel, Haifa, has a population of 270,000 people and is an important seaport in the Middle East.


During the late 1980s a wave of German-German city partnerships were brought to life, among them also the one between Dusseldorf and Chemnitz. Most survive and thrived following reunification.

Moscow (On Hold)

A flourishing partnership with Moscow, the influential Russian capital, business centre and home to some 15 million Muscovites is one of the most important signs of Dusseldorf’s international commitment.


Chongqing is the most populous municipality in China, being home to more than 30 million people. The city itself is traditionally the centre of western China and was the provisional capital during the Second Japanese-Chinese War until 1945.


Cooperation with Palermo in Italy started a good few years ago in the academic field between  universities in both cities. The Sicilian relationship extended  to art and cultural exchanges, was strengthened in 2015 becoming and official twin town twin partnership a year later.


Officially sealed more recently, the relationship with Chiba is strong has progressively developed over many years. The Japanese prefecture with over six million inhabitants borders the east of Tokyo and is home to Narita airport. Based on warm hearted interaction, the city partnership was signed in 2019.


Strong, friendly relations have been developing between Düsseldorf and the souther French city of  Toulouse since early this millennium.

Czernowitz (Instigated)

Düsseldorf and Czernowitz in western Ukraine have been connected for many years through the Jewish community as well as school and institutional projects. The city has some 250,000 residents.

Further international cooperation occurs with the city of Montreal in the province of Quebec eastern Canada, So too with  Tenerife, the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands.

By Vincent Green, Jun 3 2022

Suspended railway to airport


Located a mere ten kilometres from the city centre, Düsseldorf has one of the world’s most accessible airports. Times for taxi rides can vary enormously depending on the time of day. Public transport includes an S-Bahn train to the terminal, rail to the Skytrain connection or busses.

Green park with grass, blue flowers, trees


Düsseldorf became known as the garden city in the eighteenth century when Johann Wilhelm II, Elector of Palatinate, chose the city as his royal capital. Today, residents can enjoy several beautiful parks, splendid gardens and expansive woodlands.

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Staying in touch and meeting with other international residents in a similar situation can be important. Socialising in Düsseldorf can include relevant events, international clubs, popular spots and expat groups on social media.

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