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Dr. Peter Tschentscher – Picture by Senatskanzlei Hamburg.

Sunday, 30 August 2020, Prague, Czech Republic: First Mayor of Hamburg, Dr. Peter Tschentscher travelled to Hamburg’s twin city Prague. He is accompanied by Hamburg’s counsellor for foreign affairs, State Councillor Almut Möller. Hamburg and Prague are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their twinning this year.

To mark the 30th anniversary of German Unity in October, Mayor Tschentscher paid a visit the German Embassy in the afternoon. The latter was be followed by a tour of the Jewish Quarter with a visit to the Jewish cemetery and the Pinkas Synagogue.

In the evening, Mayor Tschentscher opened the concert series “musica non grata” at the Prague State Opera together with the Czech Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek and the Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, Dr. Tomáš Kraus. Mayor Dr. Tschentscher represented Foreign Minister Heiko Maas therein, who was unable to attend the opening concert owing to recent changes in his schedule. 

Czech Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek & Mayor Dr. Peter Tschentscher – Picture by Hamburger Senatpressestelle.

Mayor Dr. Tschentscher was accompanied throughout his visit by the Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in Czechia, Dr. Hans-Peter Hinrichsen

30th anniversary of the city twinning between Hamburg and Prague
For 30 years, Hamburg and Prague have been linked by a city partnership. It was concluded in Hamburg on 19 April 1990 by Hamburg’s First Mayor Dr. Henning Voscherau and Prague’s Primator Jaroslav Korán. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, both cities resumed their historical relations and actively worked to overcome the division between Eastern and Western Europe. Today, there is a wide range of cooperation between Hamburg and Prague, in business, research and science, education and culture. Due to the Corona pandemic, some of the events marking the 30th anniversary of the town twinning were postponed until 2021. Further information:

Mayor Tschentscher: “Hamburg is proud of its friendship with its twin city Prague. Our cities have grown closer together over the past 30 years and now work together in many areas. There are numerous cooperations between our schools and universities, theatres and music stages. Our port has its own representative office in Prague, and more than half of Czech container traffic is handled through Hamburg. Hamburg and Prague are facing similar future challenges in climate protection and digitisation, which we can better master together”.

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