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Birmingham

Council House in Birmingham, © Stadt Frankfurt am Main
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Partner City since 19 April 1966

Partner City since 19 April 1966

Inhabitants

1.013 million

Significance

Birmingham is situated in the heart of the British Midlands, representing England´s second-largest commercial centre. Up until the 1960s, the city was well known for its industrial prowess and its modern infrastructure. Now, after a period of radical urban reformation, the metropolis is a flourishing centre for service companies and international conferences.
The impressive array of Victorian-style architecture remains as imposing as ever, especially when placed in juxtaposition with new, ultra-modern building complexes such as the National Indoor Arena and massive urban renewal programmes, including Brindley Place and Millennium Point. Here, decrepit industrial regions were successfully transformed into modern residential and business districts.

Culture

Birmingham is a leading centre of arts, having produced the world-famous "City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra", as well as the "Birmingham Royal Ballet". Further, there are three theatres, two museums and one of Europe´s largest public libraries.

Sights

An extended canal system, built over 200 years ago for reasons of industrial transport, today serves as a popular tourist attraction. The city´s pulsating nightlife is certainly worth a second look, with countless pubs and bars situated along the canal and all around Broad Street.
Only a short drive from Birmingham one finds the popular destination of Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of the great William Shakespeare.
Other popular sight-seeing attractions include:
• Aston Hall (Jacobin manor)
• Botanical Gardens
• Cannon Hill Park
• Blakesley Hall (16th century manor)
• Sarehole Mill (18th century flour mill)
• Sealife Centre