Profiles of the Pasadena’s sister cities


pasadena_sealThe “Crown” of the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena is situated 10 miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles and covers 23 square miles (60 sq. km) at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains along the Arroyo Seco. The city is known for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Pasadena is home to many scientific and cultural institutions including Caltech, Pasadena City College, ArtCenter College of Design, the Gamble House, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Norton Simon Museum, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. The Huntington, a renowned scholarly library, art museum and garden is nearby and the Mount Wilson Observatory atop Mount Wilson overlooks the city. It is also home to the luxurious Langham Hotel.


ludwigshafen100Ludwigshafen (lood´ vigs • häf-n), became Pasadena’s original sister city through the efforts of the American Friends Service Committee in Pasadena, who wished to provide war relief to Europe after World War II, as had been done after the First World War. Strategically located on the Rhine River and home to Europe’s largest chemical plant, BASF.


Mishima100Mishima (mee-shee-mah) became the second sister city of Pasadena in 1957.




jarvenpaa100Järvenpää (the Finnish ä is pronounced like the a in cat), an urban community 23 miles (37 km) north of Helsinki, Finland’s capital, became Pasadena’s third sister city in May 1983.




vanadzor_coaVanadzor (vah-naht-zor) was established as Pasadena’s fourth sister city in 1991.



Xicheng District, Beijing

xicheng_sealXicheng District, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, became Pasadena’s fifth sister city in October 1999, when Mayor Bogaard and Governor (Mayor) of Xicheng District signed an agreement in Pasadena.