Where does the name Liverpool come from
Liverpool has been twin town of Cologne in the north-west of England since 1952. In 2003 it was high time to found a partnership association so that the people of both cities could get closer.
The official partnership was the first friendship between Cologne and a city in another country after the devastating World War. It has now grown to 24, and Cologne can be proud of the fact that it has won major cities as twin cities. With Barcelona, Lille, Indianapolis, Istanbul, Beijing, Thessaloniki, Rio de Janeiro or Tunis - to name just a few, Liverpool is in good company. But the partnership with the city on the Mersey is something very special.
At first glance, it may not seem like that. However, if you take a closer look at the two cities, the similarities quickly become apparent: the cathedrals, the museums, the football, the music, the art, the sense of humor, the sociability of the people and the water. Because both cities are located on a river that is important for their country, much sung about and described, and which has given the respective regions its name: Rhineland and Mersey Side.
Liverpool is the UK's second largest export port. The historical part of the port city was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. The city is known for the traditional football clubs “Liverpool FC” and “Everton FC” as well as for its vibrant music scene, from which the rock group “The Beatles” emerged in the 1960s. In 2008 Liverpool was the “European Capital of Culture”.
The people of Liverpool are officially called "Liverpudlians". The name “Scousers” is better known, after the dialect spoken in Liverpool “Scouse”, the name of which is derived from the local stew specialty “Scouse”. If you say in Cologne that "Kölsch" is the only language you can drink, you could call the Liverpool dialect the only language you can eat.
Apart from the formative buildings on the Mersey, known as the “three graces”, the city center was not a highlight in terms of urban planning for many years. The decline of industries had left its mark. Much has happened recently, however. The old port was closed and rebuilt just outside the center. Beginning in 1984 with the renovation of the "Albert Dock", part of the former port facilities, into a museum and shopping attraction, the city center has now been turned inside out. The Liverpool City Museum, an event and conference complex, and a huge shopping center are now shaping the city.
And of course there is the “Cavern Club”, world-famous by the Beatles and countless other pop music and rock groups. And there are the two first division football clubs Liverpool-FC and Everton-FC. Liverpool is home to a symphony orchestra, the “Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra”, which, in addition to a youth orchestra, regularly gives concerts in the “Philharmonic Hall”. The most important cultural events are the theater festival "Liverpool Shakespeare Festival", which takes place in Liverpool Cathedral and several city theaters, and "Beatle Week" throughout the city center. The Liverpool Empire Theater is the largest theater in Liverpool.
You can see that there are a lot in common with Cologne. Like Cologne, Liverpool is a lively, cosmopolitan city where people prefer to be outside in their free time than in their homes. Our partnership association is dedicated to the encounter between the citizens of both cities, also as a supplement to official visits. Every year we organize a trip to Liverpool where non-members are also welcome. We cooperate in sports and music, among other things. And we have a network of contacts that has built up over the years. Lively mutual visits and exchanges of experience help to maintain and strengthen relationships.
(With content from https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool)
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