The borough of Richmond is twinned with Fontainebleau in France and Konstanz in Germany. 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.
Konstanz is a university town which enjoys a stunning location on the banks of Lake Constance with the Swiss Alps as a spectacular backdrop.
Fontainebleau lies south-east of Paris and is famous for its beautiful palace, once home to the French Royal Family, and the extensive forest which has many cycling & nature trails.
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
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).
(Association pour les relations culturelles internationales de Fontainebleau)
ARCIF is responsible for the twinning of Fontainebleau with Richmond. In 2017 we celebrated 40 years of the twinning between Richmond & Fontainebleau. Please click on Past Events above to see how.
You can read more about the activities of ARCIF in France by clicking on the following attachment.
For further information about ARCIF please write to
You can find out more about Fontainebleau by clicking on the following links.
If you have any enquiries about Konstanz please contact Toni Langemann or Max Heber. 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 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays in my office in the town hall. You are welcome to contact me with any questions or ideas via
Max Heber is currently working as an intern at Konstanz town hall.
“I am currently researching town twinnings as I am considering a future career in that area when I finish my studies at the University of Konstanz. I completed my B.A. in British & American Studies/ Spanish Studies in 2016.
Soon after that I started my M.A. in Literary Studies (UK & USA). This led me to spend a term abroad at the University of Essex. I often think back fondly of my time in Colchester as I made many friends while enjoying life in Britain. I have many European connections. My girlfriend, whom I met in Konstanz & whose name is Constance, is French. I speak several European languages fluently including English, German & Spanish and have a working knowledge of French & Portuguese. I do not really perceive myself as German, but rather as a European citizen.
I will be working in the town hall until the end of March and you are very welcome to contact me with any questions or ideas via
I look forward to hearing from you.”
You can find out more about Konstanz by clicking on the following links.
The stunning beauty of Konstanz was the inspiration for several paintings by J.M.W. Turner including this view from across the Rhine.
Richmond is the green lung of London, which is just a few minutes away on the train. You can even cycle there.
To see a video of Richmond please click on the following link.
Elizabeth Kingdom is the partnership officer at Richmond & Wandsworth Council.
020 8831 6095