Wilkommen to Norwich - a fine city!

The sign outside The Fat Cat and Canary pub welcoming NCFC manager Daniel Farke. Bar manager Justin

The sign outside The Fat Cat and Canary pub welcoming NCFC manager Daniel Farke. Bar manager Justin McKee, left, and landlord Christian Hodgkinson. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Norwich appears to be going Deutschland crazy as links keep springing up around the fine city.

Norwich Beer Festival 2015.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Beer Festival 2015. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

One association that came to the city earlier this year was the appointment of Daniel Farke as the new and first European mainland head coach of the Canaries.

He joined City after managing Borussia Dortmund's under 23s team and has already put his German influence to use by signing fellow countrymen Christoph Zimmermann and Marcel Franke, while Mario Vrancic has arrived from Darmstadt.

The city has welcomed the 40-year-old with one supporters' pub showing their appreciation by creating a large sign featuring a cartoon of Farke enjoying a pint from a traditional stein glass.

Carrying on with the drinking theme and German beer and festivals are becoming even more popular.

The sign outside The Fat Cat and Canary pub welcoming NCFC manager Daniel Farke. Bar manager Justin

The sign outside The Fat Cat and Canary pub welcoming NCFC manager Daniel Farke. Bar manager Justin McKee, left, and landlord Christian Hodgkinson. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017


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The most famous of those is Oktoberfest, which will be coming to the city this autumn.

One keen supporting group of a Bavarian brew up is the UEA German Society.

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Vivian Steurer, from the society, said: 'The city is not very big, however it is very beautiful and offers an interesting cultural life, ranging from different festivals to museums and galleries.

'There are more links to the city than I thought in the beginning and it always feels very good coming back. I now consider Norwich my second home.'

German defender Marcel Franke made his first Carrow Road appearance during City's friendly draw with

German defender Marcel Franke made his first Carrow Road appearance during City's friendly draw with Brighton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Another link to the fine city is written on the welcoming signs on the way into Norwich.

Koblenz was twinned with the fine city in 1978 but the link goes back even further,

School students were taken on exchange trips to the Rhineland Palatinate from 1947.

A person who was instrumental in the twinning of the two cities was Waltraud Jarrold, MBE. Originally from Winningen, she moved to Norfolk in 1958, marrying into the Jarrold family, which owns and still runs the department store.

Waltraud Jarrold.
Pic: Ben Hobbs.

Waltraud Jarrold. Pic: Ben Hobbs. - Credit: Archant

Mrs Jarrold said: 'Koblenz is the gateway to the wine paradise. With seven years preparation we set up strong foundations which is why the twinning has lasted so long.

'The cities are so similar with their love of all things culture with music, theatre and art, every aspect of culture is represented.'

All smiles for Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber at the German's unveiling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

All smiles for Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber at the German's unveiling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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