Austin's Sister City in Germany
The two cities began working toward a sister cities relationship in 1987...
when Renata Anderson fromAustin and Heinz Fey from Koblenz began negotiations. In September of 1990, Mayor Lee Cooke led the first delegation of Austinites from Austin to Koblenz. In 1992, the relationship became official when Mayor Bruce Todd led a delegation to Koblenz for the city’s 2000th anniversary and signed the sister cities agreement with Lord Mayor Willi Hörter. In 2017 the Austin-Koblenz Sister Cities Committee celebrated 25 years of successful international relations.
The Austin-Koblenz Sister Cities Committee is headed by Ed Tovar.
- Bundesgartenschau (National Garden Show) in Koblenz. The garden was designed and constructed through the combined efforts of members of the Austin-Koblenz Sister Cities Committee, the Partnerschaft Koblenz-Austin, Austin Community College, and Handwerkskammer Koblenz. The Bundesgartenschau also featured a concert of eight Austin musicians.
- Student exchanges between Anderson High School and Murchison Middle School
- Student exchanges between Summitt Elementary and Schenkendorf Elementary
- Dual Degree Program between UT’s McCombs School of Business and WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
- Ongoing partnership between St. Edward’s University and the Koblenz School of Applied Sciences
- Organized 2-year apprenticeship programs that sent young adults to Koblenz for 2 years to build career skills in professions of their choosing.
- Koblenz Day 2017
The Austin-Koblenz Secondary Student Exchange welcomed 23 Koblenz students and their two teacher-chaperones for a three-week visit with homes stays (March 19-April 9). Austin student hosts were matched with the visiting students and plan to return the visit with the Austin group next summer.
The exchange was establish in 1991 as one of the first programs of the Sister Cities relationship between Austin and Koblenz. Longevity of the exchange has been a major influence in the success of the Austin-Koblenz Sister Sisties Committee. Remarkable, considering it is a product of volunteers. We must thank Julia Lesher, Anderson High School German teacher, and Liza Feldkamp, Murchison Middle School German teacher, for taking full responsibility of organizing this outstanding exchange.
During the three-week exchange, the Koblenz students shadowed their host students at school and experienced everyday family life during their evenings and on weekends. In addition, they followed a program of activities especially designed for them:
- a welcome breakfast provided by the host families at Anderson High School - a fajita dinner with all the host families at one of the families' homes,
- a day in Austin: Texas Capitol tour, Bob Bullock Museum, City Hall tour, attending a City Council Meeting,
- an overnight trip to San Antonio: the Alamo, the Riverwalk, Mission San Jose, the outlet mall in San Marcos, and a tour of Crispy Cream Donuts in South Austin,
- Hill Country Tour: Enchanted Rock and Fredericksberg,
- an Active Austin Day: rowing on Lady Bird Lake and swimming at Barton Springs.
Koblenz Day 2017
Koblenz, Germany is an historic town of approximately 120,000 people in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The medieval town center survived two World Wars and the Romanesque, gothic and baroque churches testify to the city's history. The Rhine and Mosel rivers meet in the city, and the name Koblenz derives from the name Romans gave the city in 9 B.C., “castellum apud confluentes” meaning “castle at the confluence of the rivers.” Major automotive and aviation suppliers including TRW and Corus as well as High Tech Companies and a large Kimberly Clark papermill are located in Koblenz and the city is also a center for wine production.
Meet our friends in Germany, the Partnerschaft Koblenz-Austin/Texas e.V.