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Pirna and the municipality of Baienfurt have been officially twinned since 2010, but the populations of Saxony and Upper Swabia have actually been friends for much longer, namely since 1990. At that time, contact was initially made with the municipality of Graupa via the Christian Democratic Union in Baienfurt. The two municipalities then went on to develop a friendship which still actively continued following the incorporation of Graupa.

Nowadays, frequent meetings take place between associations, citizens and administrative bodies from Baienfurt and Pirna, with the Pirna town fair and the Baienfurt marketplace festival being regular occasions to pay each other a visit.

The municipality of Baienfurt is located in the region of Lake Constance in Upper Swabia, belongs to the administrative district of Ravensburg in Baden-Württemberg and houses around 7,300 residents. Its name can be traced back to a Furt (river crossing) on the Wolfegger Ach. The municipality is home to numerous museums, the Hoftheater (court theatre), the Speidlerhaus (the oldest building in Baienfurt), the Kunstinsel (an “art island”) and many more sights to see. What’s special about Baienfurt is that it is located on Jakobsweg, known as the Way of St. James in English, a medieval network of pilgrims’ ways that extend across Europe and end at the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Milestones in the history of the twinned towns


Ulbig, the former Mayor, takes part in the Blutritt in Weingarten, the largest equestrian procession in Europe in honour of the Holy Blood.


An agreement is signed twinning Pirna with Baienfurt


25-year anniversary of the partnership, celebrations include a group of cyclists travelling from Baienfurt to Pirna


A road in the district of Graupa is named “Baienfurter Weg”