The purposes of twinnings are to foster international exchanges and to develop bonds of friendship between the "twinned" cities. This is a policy that Saint-Germain-en-Laye has actively pursued for over 35 years.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a city that is not only open to the world; it also welcomes more than 5,350 foreign nationals amongst its inhabitants.
On the occasion of each of Saint Germain's twinnings, an association of the friends of the twinned city has been created.
For further information, please contact:
- La direction de la Vie Culturelle ('The Cultural Affairs Directorate') at 01 30 87 21 70.
- La Maison des associations ('The Voluntary Associations House') at 01 39 73 73 73.
• Twinning celebrated in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on April 17, 1975
• Number of inhabitants: 68,000
• Local currency: Euro
• Counterpart Mayor: Mr. Klaus HERZOG
• Dubbed "The Bavarian Nice" by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, Aschaffenburg is one of the main cities of Franconia, a Bavarian wine-growing region, and is situated 50 km from Frankfurt.
Dalbergstraße - The Old City
• Main Attractions: Aschaffenburg has had a connection with Saint-Germain-en-Laye for more than 30 years. It is a dynamic, millennial city with a rich history, featuring in particular the magnificent Castle of Johannisburg, built between 1605 and 1614 (see photo above), the collegiate church of St. Peter and Alexander, the Pompejanum, a reconstruction of a dwelling in Pompeii, or the Roman Villa.
Aschaffenburg is a quintessentially verdant city that contains several parks and gardens, including Schönbusch, which is considered one of the most beautiful English gardens in Germany.
Aschaffenburg, located on the route of emperors and kings, combines a dynamic urban city centre with utterly charming places for relaxation. Combining historical buildings, art masterpieces and idyllic natural settings, it is a modern city that has made the most of its advantageous geographical situation to develop its economic potential.
• It only takes 6 hours to drive to Aschaffenburg from Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
• Twinning celebrated in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on July 24, 1982
• Number of inhabitants: 225,497 (2004 figures)
• Counterpart Mayor: Mr. Ahmed MELLOUKI
• Local currency: Dirham
• The City of Temara, situated on the coast, in the outskirts of Rabat, shares some history with Saint-Germain-en-Laye: it was in Temara that General Leclerc formed the Second Armoured Division, in 1943. The city has beautiful beaches and a small marina.
• Twinning celebrated in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on October 6, 1984 and October 28 in Ayr.
At that time, the City, which was already twinned with Aschaffenburg and Temara, wished to establish closer ties with a Scottish city, to reinforce the historic ties between Scotland and Saint-Germain, the town that became home to James II Stuart, his family and the Jacobites. Over the course of the last 25 years, the number of exchanges have continued to grow across all sectors (academic, athletic, cultural, professional). Some examples include athletic exchanges between the two respective tennis clubs, the arrival of Scottish physicians, the annual Burns celebration in honour of Robert BURNS, the great Scottish poet, as well as the organisation of several trips for the members of the friends of the twinning association.
• Number of inhabitants: 50,000
• Local currency: Pound Sterling
• Counterpart Mayor / Provost: Helen MOONIE
• Ayr is a port city situated on the shores of the Irish Sea, 60 km south-west of Glasgow. This vibrant seaside resort is renowned for its vast sandy beaches and verdant parks. It also has Scotland's largest horseracing course, where the Scottish Grand National is held in April, as well as the Ayr Gold Cup. Ayr is especially known for being the birthplace of the famous Scottish national poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796), who would be celebrating his 250th birthday in 2009, of Mac Adam (inventor of the road covering of the same name) and the Knight of Ramsay, a disciple de Fénelon who passed away in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
For further information: http://jumelagestgermainayr.fr
• Twinning celebrated in Saint-Germain on December 8, 1990.
• Number of inhabitants: 20,000
• Local currency: US dollar
• Counterpart Mayor: Mr. Forrest FONTANA
• Town Manager: Mr. Richard HOWARD
• Surrounded by forests and lakes, Winchester has retained the charm of an old-fashioned small town. Its own its name to its benefactor, Colonel William P. Winchester.
The city centre. The library.
• Located in the suburbs of Boston, the town is in the heart of the region of the United States with the highest concentration of universities: Harvard, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Lowell and Brandeis.
For further information: www.jumelage.org
• Twinning celebrated in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on February 15, 1992.
• Number of inhabitants: 22,000
• Local currency: Polish Zloty
• Counterpart Mayor / Burmistrz Gminy: Mr. Kazimierz Jańczuk
• The most recent of Saint-Germain-en-Laye's twinnings is a green town, a holiday town located 20 km south-east of Warsaw. Konstancin is a town renowned for its thermal baths, in addition to housing a traumatology hospital and an orphanage.
• Konstancin is also a centre for cultural exchange since the 1930s. In particular, authors have found both rest and inspiration at Obory, a charming little manor in the middle of a large park that belongs to the Polity Literary Union and the Union of Artists and Composers.
• In recent years, the town of Konstancin has become a luxurious suburb of Warsaw.