Partner regions of the Saale-Orla-District
The Saale-Orla-District currently has cooperative partnerships with the administrative district Neuburg-Schrobenhausen in Bavaria, the administrative district Rheingau-Taunus in Hesse as well as the region of Cheb in the Czech Republic.
The partner district Neuburg-Schrobenhausen
The administrative district Neuburg-Schobenhausen is situated in the middle of the Free State of Bavaria on the rivers Danube and Paar.
People live on the banks of the river Danube. This landscape has partly remained in its natural state, they live in the unique cultural landscape of the Danube-Moor, south of the Franconian Jura with the picturesque hilly landscape around Schrobenhausen.
Economy in this region is characterized by medium-sized companies, including in the textile, chemical, glass, paper and printing industries.
Tourist attractions are the cycle path along the Donau - Radwanderweg (Danube bike trail), the summer academy of fine arts, music and theatre, fishing and boating, the historic steam train museum , castles, churches and eventful nature.
The appeal of the county seat Neuburg,The Residential Place during The Renaissance, lies in its historic Old Town with the renaissance castle and is presumed to be one of the most beautiful Old Towns in Southern Germany.
Schrobenhausen is famous for the painter Franz von Lenbach whose birthplace is now a picture-gallery.
Federal state: Bavaria
Administrative district: Upper Bavaria
County seat: Neuburg upon Danube
Licence plates: ND
Inhabitants: 90,945 (30 December 2006)
Area: 739.75 square km
More information under www.neuburg-schrobenhausen.de
The partner district Rheingau-Taunus
The Rheingau-Taunus district belongs to the Rhine – Main region and is situated at the Rhine knee between the Mainz basin, the provincial capital of Wiesbaden and the estuary of the river Wisper near Lorch-Lorchhausen.
Due to the fact that the economic centres of Wiesbaden, Mainz or Frankfurt with their job offers are near to this region, the Rheingau-Taunus- District is very popular as a residential and recreational area.
Rüdesheim is in the fore in tourism in the Rheingau-Taunus- District, followed by the Hessian state spas Bad Schwalbach and Schlangenbad, the climatic spas Lorch- Espenschied and Heidenrod-Naurod and Schlangenbad-Hausen as well as other recreation places. For this lively tourism the region is called “flower garden of the region”.
The Rheingau-Taunus-District and wine growing belong together. So, you can enjoy some local wine in so called “Straußenwirtschaften” and “Gutsausschenken” – privately owned vineyards that offer home made wine.
Everyone can stay fit along the so called “Bäderstraße”, the road between the spas, by bike on the “Riesling Route”, on foot following the traces of the old Romans on the Limes hiking trail or in the forest of the lower Taunus mountains.
There is no doubt about it: one of the most famous sights in the Rheingau-Taunus-District is the “Drosselgasse” in Rüdesheim on the Rhine. But there are more places that are worth visiting : the monastery Eberbach , castle Schönborn, the Brentano house in Winkel, the elector castle and Gutenberg Memorial in Eltville, castle Vollrads and last but not least the residential manor house of Burg Hohenstein with its performances of the theatre named “Bad Schwalbacher Taunusbühne”.
Federal state: Hesse
Administrative district: Darmstadt
County seat: Bad Schwalbach
Licence plates: RÜD
Inhabitants: 184,598 (30 September 2006)
Area: 811 square km
More information under www.rheingau-taunus.de
Since 2007 there have been economic, social and touristic contacts between the Saale-Orla-District and the town of Cheb in the neighbour state, the Czech Republic. These contacts have been supported by the European Union and the Free State of Saxony.
The town Cheb in the heart of Europe is proud of its rich history that goes back into the 9th century. Cheb was first mentioned in 1061 and in 1322 it was associated with the other countries of the Czech crown.
The castle of Cheb is one of the most beautiful Romanesque sights. Behind the stone mounting the castle hides a very rare two-storeyed chapel, built in Romanesque-Gothic style that is unique in Europe.
Due to the importance of the sights of Cheb the beautiful historic city centre is listed and has become a monument protection area.
As a natural centre of the Czech part of the Euregio Egrensis (name of the EU programme) Cheb is now a frequented tourist centre. Main attractions are: the museum, the theatre, a state gallery of fine arts and a number of private galleries.
Since 1970 the International Festival of brass bands has taken place in Cheb every two years.
The town of Cheb (former name: Eger) is one of the most important interchanges in the Czech Republic. It is situated at the state road E 42 Nuremburg – Eger – Sokolov (Falkenau) – Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) – Praha (Prague). And Cheb (Eger) is on the road number 21, one of the access roads to the motorway A5 (in the Czech Republic D5).
Near Cheb (Eger) there are two very important border crossings Pomezi (Schirnding) and Svaty Koiz.
Country: Czech Republic
More information under www.mestocheb.cz