Pirna has been twinned with Děčín, an industrial and administrative hub located in the north of the Czech Republic and inhabited by around 50,000 residents, since 1975. Thanks to their histories, both towns have things in common, such as shipping and trade on the Elbe and the tourism shared thanks to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains which straddle the border of Germany and the Czech Republic.
Founded in 1128, Děčín is nestled in a basin between Bohemian Switzerland and the Central Bohemian Highlands, meaning that it forms a gateway for tourists looking to visit the picturesque landscape of Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland, whilst also being an ideal starting point for excursions to the nearby German border.
A former fort which was later converted into a castle, Děčín castle and gardens are a popular tourist attraction in the city. In addition to the rose garden, there are also small outbuildings and ornamental structures, greenhouses, an orangery and pavilion. Other sights to see are the Jewish synagogue, the stone bridge over the Ploučnice river originating from the Renaissance period and the birthplace of Miroslav Tyrš, a Bohemian art critic, art historian and co-founder of the Czech gymnastics movement, Sokol.
Pirna’s partnership with Děčín stems from diverse exchanges between clubs, schools and church parishes, as well as visits to town festivals and Pirna’s Markt der Kulturen (cultural festival).
|1975||A friendship was formed between the two towns|
|1991||The tradition of the annual fundraiser for Děčín Zoo begins|
|1998||The official document attesting to twin town status is signed|
|1998||The first German-Czech secondary school is opened in Saxony, the Friedrich-Schiller Gymnasium Pirna, with a bi-national boarding school|
|2004||The Minister President, Milbradt, congratulates the first German-Czech school leavers at the Friedrich-Schiller Gymnasium|
|2009||A partnership certificate is signed between the “Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi” secondary school and the ZŠ ŽELENICE school in Děčín|
|2013||A contemporary sculpture exhibition is the “1st Summer of Sculptures 2013” in Pirna und Děčín|
|2015||40-year anniversary of the partnership|
|2015||Pirna takes part in the historical market for the Děčín town festival|
|2015||A contemporary sculpture exhibition is held for the “Encounter” Summer of Sculptures in Pirna und Děčín|
|2016||Key players for Pirna-Děčín meet in Děčín|
|2017||Key players for Pirna-Děčín meet in Pirna|
|2017||A contemporary sculpture exhibition is held for the “In Honour of Käthe Kollwitz” Summer of Sculptures in Pirna und Děčín|
|2019||Contemporary sculpture exhibition is held for the “The Beast - Symbol of the Divine” Summer of Sculptures in Pirna und Děčín|