The “French Rome” in the heart of southern France was founded some 2000 years ago. Nowadays, with a population of 130,000, it is the capital of the département Gard. The Provençal influence in the city is unmistakable. Wide boulevards, running along filled-in former defensive trenches, are typical of the city. Many ancient monuments, such as the Amphitheatre, the Maison Carrée and the Tour Magne, have survived from Roman times. These are in stark contrast to recent buildings by well-known architects. Of particular interest is the Carré d'Art by the famous British architect Norman Foster. Situated at the junction between Laguedoc and Provence, the Cevennes and the Carmargue, with many tourist and architectural attractions, the city has developed a many-sided character and is well worth a visit. Its climate, typical of the South of France, is pleasantly mild in spring, autumn and winter, but very hot in summer.
In September 1959 a school theatre group from Nîmes visited Braunschweig. This initial contact led to closer ties between the cities, which deepened in the years that followed. In March 1962 twinning between Nîmes and Braunschweig was officially sealed by the signing of a twinning document. The way was now open for meetings of every kind: sports groups and school classes, cultural clubs, youth groups, apprentices, postal workers and senior citizens visited the twin cities. For many years, the municipal clinic has trained student nurses from Nîmes.
Intensive cultural contacts - theatre, art or music Exchanges between school-, sports- and youth groups