Twin Towns and Cities

Lahnstein - Twin Town


Contact was first made with Lahnstein in 1955, when pupils and staff from the Kettering Grammar School took part in the first of several exchange visits with the Staatliches Gymnasium Oberlahnstein.
In 1959 the following message, contained in a letter from the Burgermeister, was delivered to the Mayor of Kettering by the Grammar School Party upon their return from a visit to Lahnstein:

"In order to consolidate the present school partnership between Oberlahnstein and Kettering and to ensure a long continuance of the partnership between the towns of Kettering and Oberlahnstein.
In the interest of the plan for establishing a European Community, with the aim of forming a greater understanding and trust between all peoples it would give the town of Oberlahnstein exceptional pleasure should your Council take kindly to this suggestion of mine."

This suggestion was discussed by the Borough Council and a reply sent to Oberlahnstein in December 1959, agreeing to a partnership being formed between the two towns.

Various Council representatives, schools and private individuals took part in visits in both directions between 1959 and 1971, by which time 'Twinning' had really gained momentum, hence the delegation of responsibility by the Borough Council to the existing Twinning Committee who established Aims and Objectives.

Information on Lahnstein

The town of Lahnstein is located at the confluence of the rivers Lahn and Rhine, in the heart of the famous Rhine Valley wine producing region of Germany. It is a mixture of ancient and modern, with much of the original town wall and a number of towers still intact. There are several buildings dating from the Middle Ages, such as Burg Lahneck which overlooks the town and Martin Castle and St Johns Church which stands on the banks of the River Rhine. Buildings such as these are in complete contrast to the modern Civic Centre, swimming pools, indoor tennis courts and various other buildings in the town.

Lahnstein is equidistant from the major cities of Bonn, Cologne and Frankfurt and two miles south of Koblenz, where the river Moselle, with its equally attractive scenery joins the River Rhine.

Situated between the Hunsruck, Westerwald, Taunus and Eifel mountain ranges together with its modern Spa Centre and other leisure facilities, Lahnstein provides an ideal central location with a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities.

Further information on Lahnstein is available from Barbara Murkitt.

Twinning Committee Contacts

Greg Titcombe
Tel: 01536 515707

Honorary General Secretary
Barbara Murkitt
Tel: 01536 513251

Further information is also available from the British-German Association

Forthcoming Events

2018 Committee Meetings - held at Kettering Borough Council

11th January
22nd February
29th March
26th April
31st May
21st June
19th July
13th September
11th October
8th November

Annual General Meeting - 22nd November

Committee visit from Lahnstein this year is from Tuesday 26th June to Tuesday 3rd July 2018. A full programme of events will be arranged for the visitors and friends.  Contact the Chairman Greg Titcombe on 01536 515707.

Jim Collier Bursary Scheme
Sponsored by Kettering Borough Council, the opportunity for young people to travel to Lahnstein to take part in a work experience. Ideal for those learning to speak German.
Contact Barbara Murkitt, tel:  01536 513251
E mail:

Everyone is welcome to all the social events and visits.