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Altes Rathaus Voelklingen.jpg
Coat of arms of Völklingen
Coat of arms
Völklingen   is located in Germany
Location of Völklingen within Saarbrücken district
Völklingen in SB.svg
Coordinates: 49°15′N 06°50′E / 49.250°N 6.833°E / 49.250; 6.833Coordinates: 49°15′N 06°50′E / 49.250°N 6.833°E / 49.250; 6.833
Country Germany
State Saarland
District Saarbrücken
 • Mayor Klaus Lorig (CDU)
 • Total 67.06 km2 (25.89 sq mi)
Elevation 255 m (837 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 39,574
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 66301–66333
Dialling codes 06898, 06802
Vehicle registration VK

Völklingen is a town in the district of Saarbrücken, in Saarland, Germany. It is situated on the river Saar, approx. 10 km west of Saarbrücken.

The town is known for its industrial past, the Völklinger Hütte (ironworks) being declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Völklinger Hütte panorama


Völklingen is situated on the fertile alluvial plane at the confluence of the river Rossel and of the river Köller into the river Saar. In antiquity it was settled by Celtic tribes, then by the Romans.

Middle Ages[edit]

Franconian Colonization[edit]

The Franks colonized the area between the 5th and 9th centuries.

First Documented Mention[edit]

Völkingen was initially referred to as "Fulcolingas" by Durandis, Vice Chancellor to Louis the Pious in 822.

Peasant Settlement[edit]

Peasants living in the area were subject to taxation by the Count of Saarbrücken.

Early Modern Period[edit]

Peasant Uprising[edit]

The peasants of Völkingen revolted against the Count of Saarbrücken in 1566, when he ordered the construction of the Homburger castle.


The city is divided into ten districts:

  • Völkingen
  • Fenne
  • Fürstenhausen, home to the coking plant
  • Geislautern
  • Heidstock
  • Lauterbach
  • Ludweiler
  • Luisenthal
  • Röchlinghöhe
  • Wehrden

People born in Völklingen[edit]

  • Johannes Schulz (1884–1942) catholic priest, died of hunger in Dachau concentration camp
  • Tilli Breidenbach (1910–1994), German actress
  • Richard Tamblé (1913–1982), politician (SPD), MEB
  • Hermann Neuberger (1919–1992), president of DFB
  • Lothar Friedrich (1930–2015), bicycle racer
  • Hans-Otto Bräutigam (born 1931), politician and diplomat
  • Norbert Berger (1945–2012), singer
  • Werner Kuhn (born 1945), politician (FDP)
  • Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (born 1962), German politician (CDU)

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