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Woking’s Twin Towns

posted on Monday 11th March

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Harven School of English is based in the lovely town setting of Woking, Surrey, which is twinned with three other towns across Europe.

For those who have not heard of town twinning, it is a concept conceived in the Second World War in 1947 to encourage friendship and understanding between different cultures and lifestyles.

Twinning has helped promote European integration and is an experience available to people of all ages and interests. So why not plan a trip to one of Woking’s twin towns? It will be an adventure, and even provide an opportunity to learn another language (as well as practice your English!).

Amstelveen

This municipality just outside of Amsterdam is a great place for hitting the shops. It is home to many shopping centres, including one that has recently won several awards. So, if you fancy a spot of retail therapy on your travels, make sure you don’t miss this town!

To escape the hustle and bustle after a hard day’s shopping, relax in the numerous Heemparks (botanical parks), which offer islands of peace and tranquillity all year round.

There is also the Historical Horticulture Garden Museum, where you can find out more about the famous flower auction in Aalsmeer, and wander through the Randstad Historic Garden, with its 450-metre long garden path.

If you exhaust the sights of Amstelveen, the city of Amsterdam is only a short trip away, with its exciting attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and Dam Square.

Le Plessis-Robinson

This town is situated in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. Like Amstelveen, it is home to several formal, landscaped gardens, as well as a handful of parks, ideal for relaxing on a warm summer’s day.

It is also just a stone’s throw from the historic Palace of Versailles, the principle royal residence of France from 1682 to 1789. Here, you can see and experience the great Hall Of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Royal Chapel and the Queen’s Private Cabinets.

Explore further afield by taking the train into central Paris, where you can spend a few days visiting the famous Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee d’Orsay, and Luxembourg Gardens.

Rastatt

Located in the Upper Rhine Plain, on the Murg River in Germany, this baroque town and surrounding area contains a variety of historical attractions, such as Schloss Rastatt, Schloss Favorite and the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum.

When you’ve exhausted these sights, the city of Stuttgart is just over an hour away by train. Featuring museums for both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, this is a great destination for car enthusiasts.

Other attractions include the stunning Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, the huge Wilhelma Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and the beautiful fountains of the Palace Square.

The Stuttgart City Library is an architectural spectacle not to be missed and is home to books in many different languages (including English!). So, if you want to get some practice in while you’re away, then make sure you stop by (there is even a café on the top floor where you can grab a drink and a snack).

All three of these wonderful places are worth visiting to help broaden your cultural knowledge, and immerse yourself in another language – why not start planning your trip today?