Brzeg has the agreements of partnership with two towns in Europe – German Goslar (since 7 May 2000) and Czech Beroun (since 21 May 2002). The partnership cooperation obviously involves the development of cultural, social and economic relations between the partner towns. The co-operation with both towns is developing very well. It involves not only the official level, but also the level of individual schools, or institutions (i.e. the fire brigade, the culture centre), and private contacts.
goslarGoslar is a town located about 80 km south of Hannover, on the edge the national park of Harz Mountains . The history of the town dates back 1000 years. The historical monuments are worth admiration and show rich history of Goslar . The panorama of the town with over forty towers, church spires contributed to its nickname of ” Rome of the North”. Today’s Goslar is unusually interesting object of sightseeing: numerous museums and historical monuments attract tourists. Goslar was German kings’ and emperors’ residence. The imperial palace from 11th – 12th c. is situated here as well as the churches from 11th – 16th c., the late-Gothic town hall and the fountain, the houses from 15th-16th c., and the fragments of fortifications from 15th – 16th c. Nevertheless, Goslar with the population of 18 thousand of inhabitants offers its visitors not only its history. Numerous cosy beer pubs, sports facilities (i.e. sports fields, swimming-pools), many interesting shops, cinemas and the theatre can all be found here. Moreover, a convenient location gives a possibility of walks at the foot of Harz Mountains .
berounBeroun is a Czech town located several kilometres from Prague . It has approximately 18 thousand inhabitants and lies where the Rivers Berounka and Litawka meet. This town was peopled as early as in the ancient times which is indicated by archaeological excavations. The town dates back to the mid-13th century. The town of Beroun was a place of pottery and cloth industries, and wine and beer were made in the town as well. Over the years the town’s development was hampered by floods, fires and epidemics. Actually, the town experienced its prosperity and gained the present form as late as in the mid-18th century. At the end of 19th century the typical for the region metallurgic and lime industries developed. At present Beroun is regarded as a town of industry, culture and sports. Tourists visiting the town can admire such monuments as the town hall, the museum of Czech karst, the Pilzen Gate of and the Prague Gate (both being a part of the former defensive walls), and also the churches. Sculptures by various artists are placed in the parks and other places in Beroun. Beroun is a place of serial cultural events (e.g. a music festival). There is also a large sports field which a is a venue of games of various sports. In the summer the swimming pool is open and, and the indoor ice rink can be used whole year. The rocks in the neighbouring area are often visited by rock-climbing lovers. The Beroun area has numerous tourist routes both for pedestrians and cyclists.