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Coordinates: 48°03′37″N 08°27′31″E / 48.06028°N 8.45861°E / 48.06028; 8.45861Coordinates: 48°03′37″N 08°27′31″E / 48.06028°N 8.45861°E / 48.06028; 8.45861
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis
  Mayor Dr. Rupert Kubon (SPD)
  Total 165.47 km2 (63.89 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 84,674
  Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 78001–78056
Dialling codes 07721, 07720, 07425, 07705
Vehicle registration VS

Villingen-Schwenningen (German pronunciation: [ˈfɪlɪŋən ˈʃvɛnɪŋən]; Low Alemannic: Villinge-Schwenninge) is a city in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in southern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It has 81,128 inhabitants (as of 2013).



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 Colonel Von Wilstorff put up a stout defence of the outdated fortifications, and after six days the siege failed.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.

Since 1904, Villingen-Schwenningen has also been home to the ice hockey team the Schwenninger Wild Wings which competes in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.


Villingen-Schwenningen lies on the eastern edge of the Black Forest about 700 m (2,300 ft) above sea level. The source of the River Neckar is in Schwenningen (Schwenninger Moos).


Mayors and Lord mayors of Villingen

Mayors and Lord mayors of Schwenningen

Lord mayors of Villingen-Schwenningen

Number of inhabitants (Villingen-Schwenningen)

Date Inhabitants
31. Dezember 1972 78.436
31. Dezember 1980 78.904
31. Dezember 1990 78.218
31. Dezember 1995 80.734
31. Dezember 2005 81.778
31. Dezember 2015 84.674

Source: Statistical office Baden-Württemberg

Main sights

Villingen-Schwenningen Watch factory Bürk Museum of watch industry
Schwenningen - Janusz-Korczak-school
Villingen Romäus tower
Münster Villingen West side

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Notable people


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