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 consists of 54 members and 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, 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.