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REA members in Konstanz
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One of the 22 signs on the borough’s boundaries which celebrate Richmond’s international connections.

The borough of Richmond has been twinned with Fontainebleau in France since 1977 and Konstanz in Germany since 1983. The Richmond in Europe Association works closely with Richmond, Fontainebleau & Konstanz Councils to promote sporting, cultural and educational links and exchanges between the 3 towns & surrounding areas.

The 60th anniversary of the first twinning between Fontainebleau & Konstanz was due to be celebrated in Richmond in 2020, but this has had to be postponed because of the coronavirus until next year.

Konstanz

Konstanz is a university town which enjoys a stunning location on the banks of Lake Constance with the Swiss Alps as a spectacular backdrop.

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Man ist auf Anhieb in Konstanz verliebt.

You can see a short film about beautiful Konstanz by clicking on the following link:

A film about Konstanz

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Konstanz from above. The old town lies on the left of the Rhine. The university overlooks the garden island of Mainau on the right. The island of Reichenau can be seen in the background.         Photo: Achim Mende

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau lies south-east of Paris and is famous for its magnificent palace which was home to the French Royal Family for centuries.

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A view of the château from l’etang aux carpes. October 2018

It was later home to Napoleon Bonaparte, who abdicated here in 1814, and Napoleon III.

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REA members hiking in the Fôret de Fontainebleau                October 2018

Fontainebleau is also famous for its extensive forest which has many cycling & nature trails. You can see a beautiful film about Fontainebleau by clicking on the following link.

Film of Fontainebleau

If you would like to learn more about the exciting opportunities which our partnerships with Fontainebleau & Konstanz afford please click on the links at the top of this page.

If you would like to link your group or association with one in Fontainebleau or Konstanz or would like further information about the Richmond in Europe Association please contact Carol Wain on 07580 885145 or write to

richmondineurope@hotmail.com

 

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Lisa Schommer. One of our German members in fancy dress costume for Fasnacht.

 Parlez-vous français?   Können Sie Deutsch sprechen?

If you would like to learn or improve your French or German free of charge please click on Current Partnerships (above).

ARCIF

(Association pour les relations culturelles internationales de Fontainebleau)

ARCIF is responsible for the twinning of Fontainebleau with Richmond. 

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Le Comité de Jumelage (ARCIF) welcoming REA members to Fontainebleau in October 2018

You can read a report on the twinning activities in Fontainebleau last year and planned activities for the future by clicking on the following link.

2018 report

For further information about ARCIF please write to

wenzel.france@orange.fr

You can find out more about Fontainebleau by clicking on the following links.

Fontainebleau Tourist Office website

Fontainebleau Council Twinning Page

Fontainebleau Council Facebook Page

Konstanz

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Toni Langemann

If you have any enquiries about Konstanz please contact Toni Langemann. Toni writes, “Dear Friends in Richmond

I work in the Representation department of the Oberbürgermeister in the city of Konstanz together with my colleague, Slavica Stella & twinning manager, Claus-Dieter Hirt. Besides organising all the official events, commemorations & receptions in the city, the support of the five twinnings is a very important part of our work. We have a very close relationship with the Richmond in Europe Association.

I work from Monday to Thursday in my office in the town hall. You are welcome to contact me with any questions or ideas via

antonie.langemann@konstanz.de

You can find out more about Konstanz by clicking on the following links.

The latest film just released by Konstanz Council

Konstanz Tourist Office website

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The harbour, Konstanz.                                                                            Photo. MTK/Dagmar Schwelle

Konstanz Council website

Konstanz Council Twinning Facebook Page

The stunning beauty of Konstanz was the inspiration for several paintings by J.M.W. Turner including this view from across the Rhine.

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Image courtesy of York Museums Trust

Richmond 

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London seen from Richmond Park

Richmond is the green lung of London, which is just a few minutes away on the train. You can even cycle there.

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Richmond Riverside           An oil painting by Gary Jeffrey

The world famous palace of Henry VIII is located in Richmond. Hampton Court will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold in 2020.

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Hampton Court Palace

To see a video of Richmond please click on the following link.

Video of Richmond

Richmond Council

Please click on the following link to access the twinning page of the council website. 

Richmond Council Twinning Information