Forres & District
Vienenburg & Goslar
Twinning Association

Forres & District – Vienenburg & Goslar Twinning Association was created to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of Forres and District and those of Vienenburg and Goslar in Lower Saxony. The association encourages visits by individuals and groups to and from the linked towns, both by adults and young people, thereby fostering a mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational, educational and commercial activities of the partnership.

Twinned with Forres since 1984. Population 11,000

Vienenburg is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It lies 6 miles from the city of Goslar, capital of the Goslar district, into which it was incorporated in 2014. It is situated a mere stone’s throw from the old Iron Curtain which separated east from west Germany until 1989. It has a lake (surrounded by the Forres Path), an open-air swimming pool and the oldest railway station in Germany.

Twinned with Vienenburg since 1984. Population 12,000

Forres is a town and royal burgh situated in the north of Scotland close to the Moray coast and the beaches at Findhorn, approximately 26 miles east of Inverness. Forres has been a multiple-winner of both the Scotland in Bloom and the Britain in Bloom awards. and hosted the European Pipe Band Championships from 2013 to 2018. It is also home to the Benromach Distillery and Historic Scotland’s Dallas Dhu Distillery Museum.

Twinned with Forres since 2016. Population 42,000

Goslar is a town in Germany’s Harz Mountains. It’s known for its medieval old town, its half-timbered houses and its 11th-century Imperial Palace. The nearby Rammelsberg Mountain is the location of an important silver, copper, and lead mine, the only mine which had been working continuously for over 1,000 years when it finally closed in 1988 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.