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 65th anniversary of the first twinning between Fontainebleau & Konstanz will be celebrated in Richmond from 6th – 8th June 2025.
Konstanz is a university town which enjoys a stunning location on the banks of Lake Constance with the Swiss Alps as a spectacular backdrop.
You can see a short film about beautiful Konstanz by clicking on the following link:
Fontainebleau lies south-east of Paris and is famous for its magnificent palace which was home to the French Royal Family for centuries.
It was later home to Napoleon Bonaparte, who abdicated here in 1814, and Napoleon III.
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.
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
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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.
You can read a report on the twinning activities in Fontainebleau during the past two years by clicking on the following links.
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. 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
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.
With its many royal parks Richmond is known as the green lungs of London, which is only a few minutes away by train. Richmond Park is just one of 200 parks & gardens.
Please click on this link to see a short film about Richmond Park presented by Sir David Attenborough (who lives in Richmond.)
Richmond Bridge is the oldest bridge over the River Thames in Greater London. It was completed in 1777 and is a Grade 1 listed structure.
The River Thames flows through Richmond for 21 miles, connecting the royal palaces with each other & central London. Most of the riverbank is accessible on both sides to pedestrians & cyclists.
Many artists, such as William Turner, have lived & worked in Richmond. Turner’s House in St. Margarets is open to visitors.
With its infinite beautiful vistas, Richmond continues to attract artists to this day.
The magnificent Hampton Court Palace is only one of the many famous palaces located in Richmond.
To see a video of Richmond please click on the following link.
For a guide in German please click on the following link.
REA has its own YouTube channel where recent events & a variety of lectures about Richmond’s historic links with the rest of Europe can be viewed.
Please click on the following link to access the twinning page of the council website.