Innsbruck International



We have much in common with our seven partner cities in Europe and the USA. These friendships, which have developed over the years, are fuelled by a programme of exchange in the various fields of municipal life.

The following cities are twinned with Innsbruck:

Aalborg (Denmark)

Traditional port in the north of Europe

Twinning agreement signed by Mayor DDr. Alois Lugger and Mayor Kaj Kjaer on 13 March 1982
Population: approx. 201,200
Mayor: Thomas Kastrup-Larsen

The links between the cities of Aalborg and Innsbruck go back over the decades. After the First World War, Austrian children were given help and holidays in Denmark. In 1967 the first talks on ties of friendship between the two cities were held between an Innsbruck delegation and Aalborg’s chief executive. Today, special emphasis is placed on exchanges involving young people and sports, and Innsbruck participates in the Youth Games which are held in Aalborg every four years (last held August 2011). Individual partnerships also exist between various Aalborg and Innsbruck schools, and regular exchange visits take place with youth choirs and in the field of music in general.

City of Aalborg
Boulevarden 13
9000 Aalborg


Freiburg i. Br. (Germany)

Gate to the Black Forest

Twinning agreement signed by Mayor DDr. Alois Lugger and Lord Mayor Dr. Eugen Keidel on 3 May 1963
Population: approx. 224,000
Lord Mayor: Dr. Dieter Salomon

Freiburg im Breisgau (Baden-Württemberg) was Innsbruck’s first twin city. Germany’s southernmost major city, also known as the Gate to the Black Forest, has long historical ties with Innsbruck; for 450 years Freiburg belonged to Austria. At the beginning of the 18 century, the Mayor of Freiburg was born in Innsbruck and Innsbruck’s Mayor at the time of Andreas Hofer came from Freiburg. Many families emigrated from the Breisgau area to the Tyrol and from the Tyrol to Freiburg. There is also a long history of mutual contacts between the two cities’ universities and church institutions. Before Innsbruck University was founded, many Tyroleans studied in Freiburg.

City of Freiburg
Rathausplatz 2-4
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau


Grenoble (France)

Capital of the Dauphiné

Twinning agreement signed by Mayor DDr. Alois Lugger and Mayor Dr. Albert Michallon on 10 May 1964
Population: approx. 156,000
Mayor: Eric Piolle

Grenoble is the capital of the Département of Isère and the Dauphiné in the Rhône-Alpes region in the south-east of France. After the medieval period, Grenoble developed very quickly and became famous in particular for its arts and crafts. The city established itself as a popular holiday destination when the tenth Winter Olympics were held there in 1968. That is just one thing that Grenoble and Innsbruck have in common in the field of tourism. Like Innsbruck, however, Grenoble is more than a city of sport. With the third biggest art collection in France, numerous research organisations and three universities, Grenoble is also a centre of education and culture.

City of Grenoble
11, bd Jean Pain
CS 91066
38021 Grenoble cedex 1


Krakow (Poland)

The secret capital of Poland

Twinning agreement signed by Mayor DDr. Herwig van Staa and President Josef Lassota on 19 August 1998
Population: approx. 756,000
Mayor: Prof. Jacek Majchrowski

Innsbruck and Krakow are two old and famous university cities. Krakow has the second oldest university in Central Europe. As the second biggest city in the country, Krakow is often called the secret capital of Poland. In the cultural field especially, the two cities benefit greatly from their mutual contacts. The first Innsbruck Cultural Festival in Krakow was held in 2009. School exchanges, scholarship programmes and participation in a variety of markets are some of the elements in a very lively city partnership.

City of Krakow

pl. Wszystkich Swietych 3-4
31-004 Kraków


New Orleans (USA)

The cradle of jazz

Twinning agreement signed by Mayor DDr. Herwig van Staa and Mayor Jim Singleton on 14 July 1995
Population: approx. 343,000
Mayor: Mitchell J. Landrieu

Collaboration between the cities’ universities goes back to the 1970s. The establishment of the University of New Orleans Summer School in 1976 was a major step in the linkup between Innsbruck and New Orleans. Since then, the University of New Orleans has sent large numbers of students to Innsbruck every year in July and August. The 2005 flood disaster in the wake of Hurricane Katrina brought New Orleans and Innsbruck even closer together. The Innsbruck municipal authority contributed to the aid measures coordinated by the University of Innsbruck. For many years now, the New Orleans Jazz Festival in Innsbruck and an annual exhibition of the works of New Orleans artists in the Andechsgalerie have been regular items in the annual calendar of events held in the framework of this city partnership.

City of New Orleans
Suite 2E04
1300 Perdido St
New Orleans, LA 70112


Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Europe’s Jerusalem

Twinning agreement signed by Mayor DDr. Alois Lugger and Mayor Ante Sucicam on 27 October 1980
Population: approx. 304.000
Mayor: Prof. Dr. Ivo Komšic

As the venue for the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo has close ties with Innsbruck. Because of the many different faiths living together in harmony there (including Judaism, Islam, and Orthodox and Catholic Christianity), Sarajevo is often called Little Jerusalem or Europe’s Jerusalem. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina has had a painful history, however. During the war in Bosnia and following the siege of Sarajevo especially, Innsbruck provided aid in a variety of forms. In addition to humanitarian supplies (clothing, vehicles, medical equipment), water supply projects were also implemented, and young people from Sarajevo were invited to Innsbruck to recover from the effects of the war.

City of Sarajevo
Ul. Hamdije Kreševljakovica 3
71000 Sarajevo


Tbilisi (Georgia)

Multicultural melting pot on the Caucasus

Twinning agreement signed by Mayor DDr. Alois Lugger and President of the Executive Committee Guram Gabunia on 9 October 1982  Population: approx. 1,162,000
Mayor: David Narmania

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the restoration of an independent Georgia, Tbilisi received assistance from Innsbruck, especially in the form of humanitarian aid. The main focus of the partnership is a regular programme of student exchanges, and students from Tbilisi are frequent participants in the German classes held at the University of Innsbruck every year. Tbilisi is a multicultural city, with several different religions and ethnic groups living together in a veritable melting pot.


City of Tbilisi
7 J.Shartava st.
Tbilisi 0160



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