Broxtowe Borough Council is twinned with Gutersloh in Germany. The year of 2008 celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Twinning Link.
In 1978 the Broxtowe Twinning Association was created to develop links with our twin town of Gütersloh. Over the last 28 years a great number of partnerships have been developed including, business links, education and sporting links and personal friendships. In 2003 the Twinning Association reviewed it's aims and changed it's emphasis to become a friendship group.
Gütersloh is situated at the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia in the West of Germany. It is the capital of the Gütersloh district. The town's area is about 110 km² with a population of almost 100,000 inhabitants.
Gütersloh is an industrial town with about 5,000 companies, two of which are the major employers Miele, who manufacture and distribute electrical goods and Bertelsmann, who are a major media organisation, both of these companies operate throughout the world.
Gütersloh is more than 800 years old, but the first authentic record of the name is recorded in a document signed by the Bishop of Osnabrück in 1184. The beautiful town centre has a number of carefully designed contemporary buildings, structures of steel and glass, blended with the timber buildings of the late 17th to the 19th century.
The history of Gütersloh can be seen in the museum of local history, or experienced by walking through the old town centre, where all of the historic buildings are located.
The town provides a wide range of opportunities for leisure activities. There are a number of parks, sports fields and swimming pools etc., which are open to the public.
A large number of hotels and guesthouses provide rooms for tourists and travelling business people. The range of shops in the town is very attractive to the people of the district and meets the needs of everyone.
The selection of cultural attractions includes festivals, exhibitions of art and crafts, museums, concerts of local choirs and musicians, dance performances, theatre and various churches, which provide their own programme.
Gütersloh is twinned with Broxtowe Borough (GB), Châteauroux (F), Grudziadz (PL) and Falun (S).