Waldbröl is about 40 miles east Cologne (Köln) and within easy reach of Bonn. Like Witham it is surrounded by open countryside, with much of it wooded. Waldbröl is more compact than Witham and has a smaller population of around 19,000. It has its own hospital, but lost its rail link and railway station some years ago. Waldbröl people do commute to work in Bonn and Cologne, but have to drive to a nearby station. A coach journey from Witham to Waldbröl, including the ferry crossing and 3 rest breaks, takes about 10 to 12 hours.
Including the town itself, the administractive area is about 6300 hectares and includes sixty-two villages. The difference in altitudes is between 200 and 400 meters above sea level. From north to south the area mesaures 12.5 km and from east to west 10.5 km.
Christmas Market (Weihnachtsfest)
Many of our members have visited the Christmas market in Waldbröl. This event usually takes place during the last weekend in November. It’s a really good way to get into the Christmas spirit, with older members sampling the Glühwein, while the younger members enjoy the ginger-bread biscuits known as Lebkuchen.
For more information about Waldbröl why not visit them online: www.waldbroel.de
Waldbröl’s other twin towns
Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany
The city in north-eastern Germany is located in the Teltow-Fläming district of Brandenburg,on the river Nuthe. It is 39 miles southwest of Berlin, at the junction of the main lines of railway from Berlin to Dresden and Leipzip. Jüterbog has a population of about 14,000 inhabitants. The town is surrounded by a medieval wall, with three gateways. The church of St Nicholas (14th century) is remarkable for its three fine aisles. The Zinna monastery and the castle of Wiepersdorf are also near the town.
Swiebodzice, Schlesien, Poland
The town is in south-western Poland with about 23,000 inhabitants. It is situated in Swidnica County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship. The town is situated close to Ksiaz Castle, with its underground cave complex. Old fortifications from around 1279, the year the town was founded, still remain. The clockmaker Gustav Becker made the town well known.
Although Witham is not officially twinned with either of these towns, there are good friendship links. Witham ladies football team have competed in a tournament involving Waldbröl and Swiebodzice. They won the cup in 2006 and retained it in 2008.