Richmond upon Thames has been twinned with Richmond, Virginia, USA, since 1980, with Konstanz in Germany since 1983 and with Fontainebleau in France since 1977.

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames' role:

1. Maintain the twinning relationships at both official and informal level.
2. Keep up-to-date information about the twin towns and their activities.
3. Help put local groups and organisations in touch with their counterparts.
4. Encourage social, educational, cultural and business links.

For further information contact the Chairman, Helen Evans,
10 Cardigan Mansions,
19 Richmond Hill,
TW10 6RD


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Richmond in Europe Association

As well as the local authority, The Richmond in Europe Association (REA) is very much involved in twinning. REA is a voluntary non-political organization which promotes the concept of "twinning" under the Treaty of Maastricht. This involves travel, discussion, promotion of commercial interests of the borough, promotion of sport and cultural links, and the introduction of other organizations to a shared European heritage. The organization has a number of events, visits, parties and receptions throughout the year.

For further information contact Chairman, Helen Evans
10 Cardigan Mansions,
19 Richmond Hill,
TW10 6RD

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Fontainebleau, France

The historic and charming town of Fontainebleau lies to the southeast of Paris, surrounded by one of the largest and most beautiful national forests in France. It was the abundance and variety of game in the forest that first attracted French royalty to the area. For eight centuries the chateau of Fontainebleau was occupied by French sovereigns and rulers – from Louis le Fort to Napoleon III. The chateau today is one of the major tourist attractions in Europe.
The main reason for the growth of the town of Fontainebleau was the existence of the Royal Palace and, consequently, the town has a grand air with immense historic interest. The town is also an academic centre of international renown, as well as being host to major show jumping and racing events.

The twinning organisation in Fontainebleau is called ARCIF (Association pour les Relations Culturelles Internationales de Fontainebleau).

99 rue de France
F-77300 Fontainebleau

Tel/fax: (0033) 1 60 71 90 47.

Visit the official website for Fontainebleau or

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Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz is superbly located, nestling between the River Rhine and Lake Konstanz and overlooked by the Swiss mountains. As with the other twin towns, Konstanz has a rich, varied history which can still be seen in the beautiful buildings and streets, and splendid minster.

The lake is a major attraction and includes the island of Mainau which is internationally famous for its tropical plants, gardens and collection of rare trees.

Throughout the year Konstanz has a series of festivals and events which are enthusiastically enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.

The Twinning Officer for Konstanz is:-
Herr Claus-Dieter Hirt
Stadt Konstanz
Kanzleistrasse 15
D-78462 Konstanz

Tel: (0049) 7531 900 226
Fax: (0049) 7531 900 383

The twinning organisation is Freunde fur Richmond


The official website for Konstanz(German language only)

Tips, information and suggestions for your stay (There is an English section):

Konstanz’s twin towns:

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