Submitted by Roland Winzer
The Hudson-Landsberg Sister City Partnership is alive and well.
Hudson has a unique relationship with a beautiful city in Bavaria, Germany. The medieval town of Landsberg has been Hudson’s sister city since 1984.
This warm relationship began in the 1970’s and early 1980’s when Hudson High School’s varsity soccer teams visited Landsberg several times to play in soccer tournaments.
The beauty of this Bavarian town and the kind hospitality the Hudson soccer teams enjoyed resulted in lasting friendships and a desire to broaden the base of these friendships by establishing an official sister city partnership.
In 1984, the mayor of Landsberg and a group of Landsberg citizens visited Hudson to officially launch this partnership. The Hudson-Landsberg Sister-City Committee is working on several fronts to strengthen the bonds that already exist between Hudson and Landsberg.
Christkindlmarkt planned for December
Starting in the weeks prior to the holidays, "Christkindl" markets start popping up all across Germany, including Landsberg.
These markets are full of the sounds of carolers and of the scents of roasted nuts and warm food and drink as shoppers stroll through the market. For many Germans, these markets are synonymous with Christmas — and this year the Hudson-Landsberg Sister City Committee will offer its own version of the popular German tradition.
The committee is organizing a Christkindlmarkt on the ClockTower Green Dec. 14-16. Visitors can check off their shopping lists with the local vendors selling whimsical or "Old World" gifts, home decor and other holiday-related items. Other vendors will tempt the appetite with German breads and strudels, and at least one local restaurant will serve authentic German food and drink.
Choirs and brass bands will provide a German holiday ambiance. Landsberg is sending a small youth brass band to Hudson for the occasion, entertaining with holiday music and adding to the authenticity of this German tradition. The committee is lining up local choirs and bands to add more sounds of Christmas to the event. Visitors should also be prepared to meet St.Nicholas and his monster-like helpers called the Krampus.
The first annual Christkindlmarkt coincides with the Hudson Art Hop and promises to bring visitors to both events as well as other Hudson businesses.
This planned event is gaining support from many quarters in the community. The Hudson Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,500 to help launch the Christkindlmarkt and individual donors have contributed. Destination Hudson has been particularly supportive of the committee’s plans to establish an annual Christkindlmarkt.
The Hudson-Landsberg committee is a non-profit organization. Individuals and organizations who wish to support the partnership can view the committee’s Facebook site at www.facebook.com/?HudsonLandsberg or contact one of the committee’s co-chairs, Jeff Moore, at email@example.com, or by calling 234-738-1799.
Hudson students can study in Landsberg for cost of plane ticket
Over the years, many Hudson High School students have spent an academic year in Landsberg, living with a host family and attending one of the two high schools in Landsberg.
And many more students have spent several weeks or months in Landsberg, living with host families, sightseeing and improving their language skills. Presently, a student from Landsberg, Claas Vogt, is spending three months in Hudson, living with Scott McKinny and his parents, and attending Hudson High School. Another teenager from Landsberg, Louisa Bartsch, will arrive in November, stay with Gabriella Elliott’s family and attend school until February 2019.
The city of Landsberg has invited up to five Hudson students to spend part of their summer vacations in Landsberg. In all these exchanges, the participants involved pay only for their airfare and live with host families in their partner city.
Join the Hudson group in Germany
The Hudson-Landsberg Sister City Committee is again offering Hudson community members another Germany tour in the summer of 2019, with the tour ending in Landsberg, Hudson’s "home away from home."
Hudsonites are encouraged to join their fellow community members on a two-week tour of Germany, from June 21 until July 7, 2019. In the first week, the group will travel to some of the most beautiful cities in Germany, including Marburg, Wetzlar, Limburg, Heidelberg, Rothenburg and Schwäbsich Hall. (It is easy to Google these cities to get a "sneak preview" of the itinerary.)
In the second week, the group will enjoy the hospitality of family stays in Landsberg. Most Hudsonites who have traveled with us on our trips have considered the family stays in Landsberg and a chance to get to know the Germans on a personal level to be one of the highlights of these tours, which has resulted in many lasting friendships.
Hudson’s sister city is within view of the Alps and only 45 minutes by car from Munich. That geographical vantage point allows the group to go on daily bus trips to surrounding Bavarian destinations during the stay in Landsberg, such as the Island of Minau, a huge "subtropical" garden on Lake Konstanz. The island’s weather is influenced by warm Mediterranean air forced through an opening in the Alps.
Also on the itinerary are two spectacular castles of "Mad" Ludwig II, Castle Herrenchiemsee, which is a copy of the French Sun King, Louis XIV’s Versailles, and Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle after which Disney World’s castle was fashioned.
The tour is limited to 48 passengers, on a first come, first serve basis. The particulars can be viewed at www.facebook.com/?HudsonLandsberg or by contacting co-chair Roland Winzer at 330-650-4852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The approximate cost of the two-week Land Package is $1,200 per person (based on double occupancy) and includes all overnights and breakfasts in 4-star hotels, a tour bus, all boat rides, entrance fees to all museums and castles, tour guides in many of the cities and all large group activities. The only costs not included in the land package are lunches and dinners. Participants purchase their own plane tickets.
The committee is working to make community-members more aware of the many ways they can take advantage of and benefit from the long-established "bridge" that connects Hudson with our sister-city.