Is Guildford a city or a town?


The city of Freiburg and its partners in the world

Green oases in the south east of England

Formation of the partnership

The twinning with the English city of Guildford actually goes back to a private initiative of the native Londoner Dorothy Elchlepp, who lived with her German husband in his hometown
Freiburg moved and founded the "Anglo-German Club" there in 1959. The Freiburg town hall initially reacted cautiously to the request from Guildford in 1977, as the three official so far
Partnerships were considered sufficient. Thanks to the British perseverance of Dorothy Elchlepp, the mutual delegation visits to get to know each other were followed on June 19, 1979 by the unanimous vote of the Freiburg municipal council to include the small university town in the group of partner municipalities. On September 22, 1979, the “city marriage” was officially sealed in the presence of the British ambassador, Sir Oliver Wright, in the Freiburg City Hall.

Guildford in portrait

Guildford is first mentioned in a document in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1036 and was already of special importance at this time because of the mint located there. The princes of the Plantagenet family grew up in the castle, which was built at the time of the Norman conquest and the main tower is still standing today, and it was a place of residence or refuge for many English kings until the 15th century. The city's prosperity in the late Middle Ages was mainly due to the flourishing wool industry. With the expansion of the waterways on the lower reaches of the Wey, the trading town gained further importance and established its position as the capital of the county of Surrey in south-east England.

Today a total of 126,000 people live in the "Guildford Borough", about half of them directly in the city of Guildford. Well-known companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Ericsson and Canon have set up branches in Guildford because of the favorable traffic situation - each only 30 minutes by car from Heathrow, Gatwick and London. Many of them are located in the Surrey Research Park with a total of over 150 companies. But important government institutions and comparable bodies are also in
Guildford - like the Government Office for the South East (GOSE) and the South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA).

City life

History and modernity shape the cityscape of Guildford: The modern cathedral on Stag Hill dominates the cityscape from afar.
Right next to it, the university, which was founded in 1966, has established itself, which thanks to its technology orientation has an international reputation.

In the center of the city in the High Street, the historic facades of Guildford Hall, Tunsgate Arch or the Trinity Hospice mix with contemporary, individual, small shops that invite you to shop. Just a few steps away, the lovingly planted flower beds in front of Guildford Castle refer the visitor to the actual image of the city and its surroundings: typically English manicured park landscapes with large mansions such as Loseley or Clandon Park and of course the world-famous Wisley Garden, the headquarters of the Royal Horticultural Society . On approx. 100 hectares, not only experts but also hobby gardeners from all over the world will find up to 9,000 different types and forms of plants and seeds as well as a selection of books that cannot be found anywhere else. The park is an absolute highlight of any English garden trip - especially in May when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

Since 2018, Freiburg citizens have been granted a 10% discount in selected hotels. These special conditions were negotiated by the Guildford city administration in cooperation with the local tourist information center. You can find out which hotels are taking part in the campaign here (54.3 KB).

More information on Guildford can be found here.