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Polish cities and their UK twins

Wroclaw Boy
7 Jan 2013 #1
Inspired by Warszawkis reply here.

Ive always thought that Krakow would twin well with Manchester, both major cities with leading football teams, excellent vibrant night life, most outsiders probably recognise both cities other than the capitals if asked.

Wroclaw's difficult - maybe Bristol or Sheffield....not sure really.

Sopot = Brighton

Gdansk = Liverpool

Lodz = Birmingham

What would Poznan be?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
7 Jan 2013 #2
Wroclaw's difficult - maybe Bristol or Sheffield....not sure really.

As I'm familiar with both, I'd go with ...... Wroclaw .. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Lenka 5 | 3,442
7 Jan 2013 #3
And Katowice or Gliwice?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
7 Jan 2013 #4

I see Katowice as somewhere up north or in the Midlands. Birmingham maybe or Stoke
gumishu 13 | 6,140
7 Jan 2013 #5
Katowice is a city of coal

Opole will be Leicester ;)
7 Jan 2013 #6
Could you attach some explanations why you associate each city with the other one?
gumishu 13 | 6,140
7 Jan 2013 #8
even though Edinburgh lacks Nowa Huta :P
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
7 Jan 2013 #9
Could you attach some explanations why you associate each city with?


Wroclaw and Newcastle are university cities

Wroclaw will be city of culture. Newcastle was once on the shortlist.

Wroclaw has brought itself out of the 80's. Newcastle dragged itself out of the seventies

Music and culture are important in both cities.

Football teams are each half way up the table
7 Jan 2013 #10

Thank you. Maybe I will learn something about British cities and town.

Why Birmingham resembles Lodz?
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,004
7 Jan 2013 #11
even though Edinburgh lacks Nowa Huta :P

It has Sighthill ;)
7 Jan 2013 #12
Sopot = Brighton


Lodz = Birmingham

Got to go with Leeds here both cities had big textile industries also large Jewish communities, Leeds has the second largest Jewish community in the UK outside of North London.

Gdansk = Liverpool

Belfast may be a more interesting twin with Gdansk the Titanic was built in Belfast and it was a world leader at one stage. Liverpool was more of a delivery port.

What would Poznan be?

I would put Birmingham as Poznan's twin city, it's close to the west although it is rooted in the east. More seriously "Concordia Design", "Poznan School of Form", "Art&Fashion Festival" to mention only a few. Poznan is also becoming a know-how hub with many technological parks and transfer of knowledge centers (the oldest one started in 1995 is "Poznan Science and Technology Park".The city hosts regular international trade fairs and was the host city for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Hipis - | 227
8 Jan 2013 #13
Huddersfield is twinned with Bielsko Biała and are well matched. Population numbers are very similar, traditional industries similar and both towns and located in hilly regions of their respective countries.
jon357 74 | 21,980
8 Jan 2013 #14
Plymouth and Gdynia. An excellent match.
Doncaster and Gliwice, Wakefield and Konin. Because of local industries. A bit of a mismatch since Wakefield is part of a conurbation and Konin isn't.
Hipis - | 227
8 Jan 2013 #15
Krakow - Edinburgh

even though Edinburgh lacks Nowa Huta :P

Grangemouth oil refinery is just up the coast from Edinburgh, not as close to the centre as Nowa Huta is to Kraków but near enough for this purpose ;)
OP Wroclaw Boy
8 Jan 2013 #16
For me Lodz = Birmingham mainly as they are both huge cities within the respective countries. Lodz had/has the 2nd largest population in Poland and Birmingham is the same in the UK. Both are large and topographically flat, and both have a significant industrial past, both are within relative proximity to the capital and as such have major roads linking them. Both are considered dull, depressing places by none residents.

Birmingham has the largest concentration of none whites in the UK so this is exclusive, however seeing as Lodz seems to have a population crisis perhaps they are destined too to become multicultural.
Forfour44 9 | 94
8 Jan 2013 #17
Lublin - Lancaster.

I lived in Lancaster for a year. when i moved to Lublin, I said it reminded me of Lancaster.
How shocked i was when i went passed the town hall and saw it was twined with Lancaster.
jon357 74 | 21,980
9 Jan 2013 #18
They have a lot in common and it's a good twinning match.

Mind you, Frombork has a bit of a feel of Lancaster too, especially the bit around the castle.
Miloslaw 19 | 4,856
25 Apr 2021 #19
Poland does have some wonderful parks, especially in Warsaw.
But they are no match for the parks in larger cities, like London or in the USA.
I now hear that even these are now under threat by developers.
In my opinion, a nation that largely lives in apartments rather than houses,
need these spaces more than most.

Torun is a wonderful Polish city, birthplace of Kopernik and the Gingeer bread capital of Poland, which came to Poland from Germany during the Hanseatic also has some great Gothic architecture.

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