City Partnership Prague
In 1992, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin and Prague began discussing the possibilities for cooperation from a new angle in the context of the city partnership that had existed since 10 September 1971 between Prague and East Berlin.
The partnership was re-established on 10 June 1995 with the signing of a joint declaration on cooperation between Berlin and Prague by the Governing Mayor of Berlin and the Primátor of Prague and the official opening of the Comenius Garden in Berlin-Neukölln; the heads of both cities are the patrons of this park. The streets of the Bohemian Village, the Comenius Garden, and the Museum in the Bohemian Village recall the Bohemian refugees who settled in Rixdorf (now Neukölln) in the first half of the 18th century. Following renovations, the Bohemian Village was officially “reopened” by the city of Prague and the borough of Neukölln in a ceremony held in June 2015. The “Prague Days in Berlin” organized by Prague’s city government coincided with this “reopening” and included concerts, innovative theater productions from Prague, and other events. In October 2015, the Governing Mayor, Michael Müller, visited Prague at the invitation of the Primátor. He joined the German ambassador in marking Germany’s national holiday, the 25th anniversary of German reunification, and the 20th anniversary of the Berlin-Prague city partnership with a festive event at Palais Lobkowitz, the home of the German Embassy in Prague. In addition, Müller and his fellow mayor, the Primátor of Prague, opened the Berlin-Prague “city dialogue” on issues like citizen participation in urban development projects, smart cities and mobility, and tourism. This was followed by an event celebrating the 25th anniversary at the Goethe-Institut in Prague.
Relations between Prague and Berlin are lively and diverse. In 2014 and 2015 there were many exchanges between specialists in the areas of urban development, schools, and health and transportation policies. Berlin has strong ties to the Czech Embassy and the Czech Centre here and works closely with them on many different cultural projects. At the end of 2014, the Senate Chancellery and the Czech Centre invited more than 50 representatives of civil society in Berlin to a German-Czech networking meeting held at the Berlin Town Hall. Along with the discussion of the representatives’ own work, the meeting focused on joint activities for our anniversary year. Long-standing partnerships also exist between colleges, universities, and schools in Berlin and Prague.
Last but not least, contacts between members of the legislature of both cities and representatives of private organizations also help to strengthen our relationship and create new opportunities for cooperation.