View of Villingen
|• Mayor||Dr. Rupert Kubon (SPD)|
|• Total||165.47 km2 (63.89 sq mi)|
|• Density||500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||07721, 07720, 07425, 07705|
In the Middle Ages Villingen was a town under Austrian lordship. During the Protestant Reformation it remained Catholic. Villingen came to international attention when it was besieged by marshal Tallard in 1704. Colonel Von Wilstorff put up a stout defence of the outdated fortifications, and after six days the siege failed.
Schwenningen remained a village until the 19th century. In 1858 the first watch factory was established, and watchmaking and precision mechanics have been important industries ever since.
As part of the Baden-Württemberg territorial reform of 1972, Villingen and Schwenningen were merged with a number of surrounding villages to form the city of Villingen-Schwenningen. Nevertheless, the two halves of the city are separated by a plateau and remain distinct.
Villingen is a major center of German Carneval celebrations. The traditional Narros represent the old citizens of Villingen: Alt Villingere, Morbili, Hansele, Suribbel.
- Town Wall
- Municipal Art Gallery
- Franciscan Monastery Museum (in German)
- Schwenningen Clock Museum (in German)
- Minster of Our Lady
- Theater am Ring
- Wanne Observation Tower, one of the oldest towers built of iron
International relations/sister cities
- Daniel Caligiuri, footballer
- Sebastian Rudy, footballer
- Robert Prosinečki, footballer
- Dennis Seidenberg, ice hockey player
- Ivana Brkljačić, athlete
- Howard Alberts, artist and hair stylist
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