In 1956 several settlements combined to form Kiryat Tivon, "the park in the hills", now a town with a population of some 14,000. It is situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel in the mountainous area of Galilee, 18 kilometres to the east of Haifa. Roads sweep in generous curves through the parks and gardens surrounding the residential areas.
There is no industry in Kiryat Tivon, but there are plenty of cultural and sports facilities, including two swimming pools, offering excellent opportunities for enjoying leisure.
Nor is the town without historical associations; 2000 years ago there was a Jewish town in the hills around Kiryat Tivon, Beit She'arim, seat of the then highest Jewish court of justice. The catacombs of this ancient town have been excavated and surrounded by pleasant parklands and can now be visited by groups and individuals interested in archæology.
Brunswick regards contacts with the Israeli town, begun as early as 1968, as particularly important. For many years a lively youth exchange programme has existed, but other groups from Brunswick also regularly visit the twin town Kiryat Tivon.
On 18 June 1981 a friendship agreement was concluded, which was later converted into a twinning agreement, signed in Kiryat Tivon on 11 September 1985 and in Brunswick on 2 June 1986.
Bild von Kiryat Tivon Nearly every year the German-Israeli Society in Brunswick organizes study excursions to Israel, which include a visit to Kiryat Tivon. It also seeks to deepen the citizens' understanding for each other by arranging lectures, exhibitions and music- and dance performances. This is supported by the Jewish community, the Society for Christian-Jewish Co-operation and the City of Brunswick.
October 1991 saw the opening in Kiryat Tivon of the newly designed friendship garden "Kiryat Tivon-Braunschweig".
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of twinning in 1996 the Brunswick City Council renamed the greensward around the former main railway station "Kiryat Tivon Park".
At the invitation of the Town of Kiryat Tivon a delegation from Brunswick participated in the World Meeting of Twin Towns in Jerusalem in March 1998. This was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The delegation subsequently visited its twin town Kiryat Tivon.
Visits by various groups from Brunswick