Town twinning


Derby and Osnabrück – twinned for 40 years!

Welcome to the town twinning section of our website.

“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

Derby and Osnabrück in Germany have been twinned since 1976. 

“Osnabrück is 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.”


Twinning activity between Derby and Osnabrück is focused on:

  • creating business links between the two cities
  • increasing awareness of the visitor experience in both cities and encouraging residents to visit their twin city.

Twinning for businesses and organisations

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 email the Tourism Team.

Educational and research links

Over the years many schools from across Derby and Derbyshire have established twinning links with schools from Osnabrück resulting in long lasting friendships as well as participate in school exchanges and joint projects.

If you represent a university or school and would like to explore ways in which you can twin with similar establishments in Osnabruck please email the Tourism Team.

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.

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

If you are interested in establishing a twinning links with a group from Osnabrück that shares the same interest as your group, email the Tourism Team.

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 vibrant 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.

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!

For further information, see the Visit Derby website.

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.

Osnabrück contact details

Stadt Osnabrück
Bierstraße 28
49074 Osnabrück

Telephone: +49 (0)541 3232192
Fax: +49 (0)541 3232741

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Contact details

Post address:
Stadt Osnabrück,
Bierstraße 28,
49074 Osnabrück,
Phone: +49 (0)541 3232192
Fax: +49 (0)541 3232741

Stadt Osnabrück
Bierstraße 28
49074 Osnabrück

Contact details

Post address:
Tourism Team,
Derby City Council,
Assembly Rooms,
Market Place,
Phone: 01332 643420
Minicom: 01332 640666

Tourism Team
Derby City Council
Assembly Rooms
Market Place