Bath, the "city of flowers" in the South-West of Great Britain with a population of some 110,000, has a long history. It was founded by the Romans, who built a city around elaborate Roman baths, dedicated to the goddess Minerva and fed by Great Britain's only hot mineral springs. There are various cultural and historical sites dating from that era. Reseach into the Roman remains, which started in 1878, continues today.
The city centres around the 15th-century abbey and the well-preserved Roman-bath complex. Besides buildings of great architectural interest, Bath also boasts outstanding parks and gardens and its total appearance has frequently won country-wide competitions.
Its architecture and history were the reason the UNESCO commission gave it the accolade of World Heritage City in 1988. The summer Music Festival is one of the foremost events in the English cultural calendar. Nowadays Bath is famous as a spa and a centre of tourism.
Contacts with Bath date back to 1951, when it was visited by a delegation of German youth workers. In the same year a youth group from Brunswick went to Bath and shortly afterwards the visit was reciprocated. In the following years this exchange programme was extended and intensified.
Twinning was not officially signed and sealed for 20 years. Even so, remarkably, exchanges between youngsters and adults were flourishing, with thousands of participants every year.
Concurrently with the signing of the twinning document on 27 April 1971, the Anglo-German Society in Brunswick was founded. It arranges many and various activities and has frequently hosted theatre- and music groups from England.
In 1991 Bath and Brunswick celebrated the 40th friendship and 20th twinning anniversary with cultural weeks in both cities. The 25th anniversary in 1996 was marked with Anglo-German friendship days.