Town twinning


Derby and Osnabrück – twinned for 39 years!

Welcome to the town twinning section of our website - providing you with information on twinning opportunities open to you.

“Town twinning started after the Second World War as a way of building strong links and friendships with communities in other countries. Its central ideas are to build international co-operation and understanding within a diverse cultural framework. Special emphasis is placed on the involvement of young people, who serve as the foundation of the future. Another important goal is the exchange of ideas and innovation among the partner cities for the benefit of all sections of the twinned communities.”

- Cambridge City Council

The ambassadors

Derby and Osnabrück in Germany have been twinned since 1976. Both cities appoint an ambassador every year who spends 12 months working within their twin city’s Council with responsibility for all twinning matters.

Ambassadors help, assist and support in a number of ways:

  • assistance with setting up economic links between businesses from Derby and Osnabrück
  • assistance with setting up cultural links between the twin cities
  • assistance with setting up links between schools from Derby and Osnabrück
  • assistance with setting up links between youth and adult groups from the two cities
  • advice on holidays to the twin cities
  • assistance with finding work placements in the twin city
  • advice on accommodation while staying in the twin city
  • and much more!

If you have a twinning related enquiry or would like to know more about how the ambassadors can assist you, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Our current Osnabrück ambassador to Derby is Rene Hammer and our Derby ambassador to Osnabrück is Daniel Hampton.

 Twinned - our newsletter

Sign up for our monthly newsletter Twinned now by emailing to receive regular information on the twinning projects and news from both cities.

You can also keep up with the ambassadors by visiting Derby and Osnabrück Envoys on Facebook or see what the Osnabrück Ambassador is up to by visiting Osna Envoy on Twitter or visiting DerbyEnvoy on Twitter (

Twinning for businesses and organisations

“Osnabrück is the an important cultural centre within Lower Saxony and the vital centre of an economic region with around 780,000 inhabitants, which includes not only Lower Saxony but also parts of North Rhine-Westphalia.”


If you have an interest in getting in contact with businesses and organisations from Osnabrück in order to set up economic links or to share good practice please don’t hesitate to contact the ambassador.

The Osnabrück Ambassador works with the support of the Derby Tourism Team, the Economic Regeneration Team and Marketing Derby on making the twinning more beneficial from a business point of view.

This means that we are now focusing on:

  • creating business links between the two cities
  • attracting visitors from Osnabrück to our fabulous city of Derby
  • assisting in market visits to both cities.

You can find out more about the existing economic links between the two cities in the 'Twinned' newsletter or by contacting the Osnabrück Ambassador directly.

Twinning for schools

Europe is moving closer together so learning foreign languages as well as getting to know other cultures becomes more and more important.

The ambassadors can find a partner school from Osnabrück for you that your school can twin up with. They can also come into your school to give an assembly talking to the pupils about the relationship between Osnabrück and Derby and the twinning project in general.

The ambassadors can establish contact for you with University students from Osnabrück who would like to volunteer as a teaching assistant in Derby.

If you are interested in establishing educational twinning links with schools from Osnabrück, please contact the ambassadors!

Over the years many schools from across Derby and Derbyshire established twinning links with schools from Osnabrück and gave their pupils the opportunity to become friends with pupils from Osnabrück as well as participate in school exchanges and joint projects.

There are lots of different projects that schools from Osnabrück and Derby can work on together:

  • exchange visits
  • exchanges between the schools’ bands
  • exchanges between the schools’ theatre groups
  • pen pal exchanges
  • combined projects – both schools work on the same topics and exchanges their achievements and experiences
  • Christmas card exchanges
  • and lots more…

Some of the twinning activities get a grant from Derby City Council. Check the Twinning Grant Regulations to see if you are entitled to this.

Twinning for youth and adult groups

Sports, Theatre, Art, Literature, the great outdoors and all the other personal interests and hobbies you can think of are shared by many people from all around the world. And some of the groups who share your personal interests probably live in Osnabrück. Twin up!

If you are interested in establishing a twinning links with a group from Osnabrück that shares the same interest as your group, please contact the ambassadors.

Many sport tournaments, theatre, art and other exchanges have been established over the years between groups from Osnabrück and Derby.

You can find out more about this in the ‘Twinned’ newsletter or by contacting the ambassadors.

Some of the twinning activities get a grant from Derby City Council. Check the Twinning Grant Regulations to see if your group is entitled to this.

Twinning Grant Regulations

Some of the twinning activities get a grant from the Council. Check the Twinning Grant Regulations of Housting Groups, Travel Group and Individual Travel to see if you are entitled to this.  For more information please contact the envoys.

Visit your twin city

Osnabrück is a beautiful city located in the north-west of Germany and has around 164,000 inhabitants.

The city has a long and rich history, is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is a vivant cultural place which offers lots of things to do and see for everyone

Osnabrück is the city of the Peace of Westphalia and home to the painter Felix Nussbaum and writer Erich Maria Remarque- making the city committed to the idea of peace.

If you would like to visit Osnabrück, please do not hesitate to contact the envoys as they are happy to assist you with the planning of your trip.

Each year the Osnabrück Envoy organises the Osnabrück Trip for Derby residents to visit their twin city (usually during the summer months). Anyone from Derby can come along! If you are interested, just contact the Osnabrück Envoy.

One of Osnabrück’s cultural highlights each year is the May Week Festival, which is one of northern Germany’s biggest music events. Bands from all over come to Osnabrück and you can enjoy their music live from over 10 open-air stages around the city centre. Have a pint of German beer and a Bratwurst while you enjoy to the music with your family and friends!

The biggest event towards the end of the year is Osnabrück’s Christmas Market. The Market attracts over a million visitors each year and was voted the best Christmas Market in northern Germany in 2004. The beautiful craft stalls, spicy "Glühwein" (mulled wine) and freshly-roasted almonds are waiting for you!

How to travel to Osnabrück

There are many routes from Derby to Osnabrück. Three possible ways to get there can be found below:

  • Fly from East Midlands Airport to Amsterdam Airport and catch a direct train from Amsterdam Airport to Osnabrück Train Station
  • Fly from London Southend Airport to Münster-Osnabrück Airport and use the shuttle bus leaving from Münster-Osnabrück Airport to get to Osnabrück city centre
  • Fly from Birmingham International Airport to Hannover Airport/Düsseldorf Airport, go by bus to the city’s main train station and catch a direct train from Hannover/Düsseldorf Train Station to Osnabrück.

Please contact the Osnabrück Envoy for further assistance.

Osnabrück contact details

Stadt Osnabrück
Bierstraße 28
49074 Osnabrück
Telephone: +49 (0)541 3232192
Fax: +49 (0)541 3232741

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
Osnabruck Envoy
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 643420
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
Osnabruck Envoy
The Council House
Corporation Street

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council, Regeneration, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 643420

Contact details