Historic sister cities of Budapest
Posted by Budnews · Dec 5, 2016

Budapest has 14 sister cities around the world and 17 partnerships. Now, we examine the former category.

Tel Aviv (Israel) since 1989

The guiding principle of this agreement was to promote peace and fraternity between the two peoples. Don’t forget: 89 is the year of regime change and Tel Aviv was our first sister city. But since then, Budapest represented in several cultural festivals in Tel Aviv and their public officials came many times to gather experience about the city administration.

Vienna (Austria) 1990

Budapest and Vienna have traditionally good relationship and high level of bilateral cooperation both at city officials and expert levels. Budapest and Vienna have so close working relationship that they coordinate in almost every field: emergency response and alarm plan, environmental protection, business development…

Fort Worth (USA) 1990

The cooperation between the two cities is currently active mainly in the field of culture and education. Under the town twinning, high school students visit Budapest every year to get acquainted with the culture, history and traditions and become Hungarian Culture Youth ambassadors.

Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 1990

Frankfurt was the first city that offered their twinning to Budapest during the transition to democracy. Frankfurt played an important role in launching the Budapest International Book Festival, where it still represents itself regularly.

Berlin (Germany) 1992

The relationship between the two capitals has become more intense during the time of Hungary's preparations for accession to the EU because Berlin has provided considerable technical assistance that time.

Lisbon (Portugal) 1992

At the beginning, it gave a huge importance to this agreement, that Lisbon was European Capital of Culture in 1994 and Budapest got the opportunity to organize a partner event: European Cultural Month, and the Portuguese Week in the framework of Budapest Spring Festival.

New York City (USA) 1992

The cooperation of these two cities covers the following areas: urban management, urban planning, economic and cultural cooperation. And – guess what - 16 March is declared as Budapest - New York Sisterhood Day!

Zagreb (Croatia) 1994

The basis of cooperation between the two capitals was initially about exchange of experience related to the preparations for European integration and EU membership. Bilateral meetings and exchanges of experience are still frequent between the mayors.

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 1995

During the Yugoslav war, the Municipality of Budapest sent relief supplies to Sarajevo for the war-affected population. The current collaboration is about culture, tourism, youth and educational affairs, social services, urban management and public services.

Beijing (China) 2005

Under the contract, parties cooperate in the urban management, environmental protection, culture, education and tourism, industry, media and IT sectors, trade, economy, business development and experience exchange. In 2012, the Budapest City joined the Beijing-based World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF).

Florence (Italy) 2008

This sisterhood is mainly about flood control, local value protection, education (student exchange programs), culture (arranging exhibition exchanges, mutual appearance at craft fairs and festivals) and the field of science (cooperation between universities).

Shanghai (China) 2013

The cities governments support cooperation between universities, for example the outstanding Tongji University in technical studies. Thanks to the cooperation, The Hungarian National Gallery and the Shanghai Art Museum in China presented „Munkácsy and his era. Hungarian art at the turn of the 19-20. Century" exhibition is Shanghai (and in Beijing).

Tehran (Iran) 2015

Tehran is perhaps the most surprising city on the list, but it is true. As a first step, cultural and sisterhood days will be held in both capital.

Odorheiu (Romania), 2016

This one is the newest agreement: the two cities signed the paper last week! We both emphasize cultural life, cultural heritage protection, and the economical and touristic relations.

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