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|Town subdivisions||2 Stadtbezirke|
|Mayor||Dr. Rupert Kubon (SPD)|
|Area||165.47 km2 (63.89 sq mi)|
|Elevation||704 m (2310 ft)|
|Population||81,022 (31 December 2010)|
|- Density||490 /km2 (1,268 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Area 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 Colonel Von Wilstorff put up a stout defence of the outdated fortifications, and after six days the siege failed.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.
The town is the birthplace of German footballer Sebastian Rudy, NHL player Dennis Seidenberg, Croatian footballer Robert Prosinečki and Croatian former athlete Ivana Brkljačić whose parents were working in Germany at the time.
- Town Wall
- Municipal Art Gallery
- Franziskaner Museum
- Schwenningen Clock Museum
- Minster of Our Lady
- Theater am Ring
- Wanne Observation Tower, one of the oldest towers built of iron
International Relations/Sister CitiesEdit
- Stadt Villingen-Schwenningen (in German)
- Villingen-Schwenningen: history & pictures(in German)
- Ice Hockey Club
- The siege of Villingen in 1702
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