Twin Cities Sister Cities

Destinations, Local Life

When it comes to family, sisters share a special bond. But what about sister cities? Turns out, those bonds are pretty great, too, providing cultural cooperation and educational exchanges between two cities in different countries. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the cities Minneapolis and Saint Paul are proud to call siblings.

 

Uppsala, Sweden – Sister City to Minneapolis, Minnesota

A quick drive from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport lies Uppsala, a beautifully historic city of castles and waterways. If you go:

  • Gamla Uppsala: Wander the 2,000-year-old royal burial mounds, then visit the Gamla Uppsala Museum to learn about the Svea kings and their golden temple.
  • Uppsala Castle: Tour this 1549 fortress, built during the reign of Swedish King Gustav Vasa. The castle now houses three museums: Uppsala konstmuseum (Uppsala Art Museum), Fredens Hus (House of Peace) and Vasaborgen (King Castle).
  • Uppsala Municipality: Get away from the city for a wide range of recreational activities where there’s little that stands between you and the natural beauty of Sweden. 

Quito, Ecuador – Sister City to Saint Paul, Minnesota

If sun and chorizo are more your scene, Ecuador might have everything you’re looking for—plus an active volcano.

  • El TelefériQo: Take this gondola lift up to the top of Pichincha volcano, which stands at the center of Quito. With an altitude above 15,000 feet, you’ll find stunning views of the city below. Enjoy the hiking trails or keep it a little more low-key by grabbing some of their locally grown coffee in the café.
  • Old Town Quito (aka El Centro Histórico): Spanish colonial architecture will be on full display as you explore Old Town’s ornate churches like La Basilica and Iglesia de la Compañía. Once the sun goes down, stroll La Ronda Street as it comes alive with music and dance performances.
  • La Capilla del Hombre: This museum boasts art by the famous Ecuadorian master painter and sculptor Oswaldo Guayasamín. While not a household name in the U.S., Guayasamín’s art has been hugely influential across South America.

And if those cities don’t spark your curiosity, consider the Twin Cities’ other sister cities:

Minneapolis

  • Bosaso, Somalia
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Eldoret, Kenya
  • Harbin, China
  • Ibaraki City, Japan
  • Kuopio, Finland
  • Najaf, Iraq
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Tours, France
  • Winnipeg, Canada

Saint Paul

  • Changsha, China
  • Neuss, Germany
  • Culiacán, Mexico
  • Ciudad Romero, El Salvador
  • Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Nagasaki, Japan
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Tiberias, Israel

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