Welcome to VS
On the edge of the Middle Black Forest, centrally located between Stuttgart and Lake Constance in the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland, Villingen-Schwenningen is an ideal destination for an interesting city trip or a vacation in a unique landscape. Enjoy the liveable and lovable city with its many possibilities and discover what it has to offer.
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Explore the historical city center of Villingen with its numerous sights, beautiful half-timbered houses, romantic alleys and babbling brooks. Embark on a fascinating tour into the past of the Zähringer town, because the almost intact town wall with its mighty fortified and gate towers, which encloses the Zähringer street cross, is also worth a visit. Enjoy the variety of the Baden and Swabian cuisine during a break in one of the numerous restaurants and cafés. The Franciscan Museum takes you on a journey through time to the history of Villingen and the Black Forest. In the evenings indulge in a high-class concert or a theater performance.
In Schwenningen, once the world's largest clock city, time has not stood still. Here the duet of tradition and progress works. Here a magnificent Wilhelminian style villa, there a modern building - a symbiosis that never ceases to surprise. You can find a lot of interesting information in the Clock Industry Museum or the International Aviation Museum. For art lovers, the municipal gallery offers renowned exhibitions. In July each year, at the "Schwenninger Culture Night", the city center is transformed into a cultural mile for one night, with dance, music and a varied food offer.
Visit us in the 'fifth season' and experience one of the traditional customs of Villingen-Schwenningen - the Fasnet season. In 2014,The Swabian-Alemannic Fasnet even became an immaterial UNESCO world cultural heritage.
Nature is also very close in VS. Several supraregional hiking and cycling trails as well as walkways (like e.g. the cycle paradise Black Forest, the Neckar valley cycle track among other things) grant active recovery in and around Villingen-Schwenningen. Also popular is the premium hiking trail ‘Waldpfad Groppertal’, which leads along natural paths through impressive landscapes, past ruins, rocks and Black Forest farms. You can also relax and enjoy nature in the 4000 year old nature reserve "Schwenninger Moos" where the origin of the Neckar river is located. The source of the Neckar can be visited in the former State Garden Show area in the city park Moeglingshoehe.
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Wide range of cultural and educational facilities
The cultural institutions are broadly diversified. There are numerous museums, a municipal gallery with changing exhibitions, theater and concert series, a well-developed municipal library and an adult education center of supra-local importance.
The city has a fully developed school system in the general education and vocational sectors. Since 1974, several higher education institutions have been established and are in further development.
Everyone who visited once Villingen Schwenningen, knows it: The city has altogether a high life and leisure value. This also applies to the beauty of the landscape and the extraordinary quality of the infrastructural facilities in the areas of education, culture, sports, youth, and social services.
Villingen-Schwenningen is certainly one of the most exciting cities in the whole country. With its more than 85,000 inhabitants, the high-order central place has everything to offer that one could wish for in a traditionally aspiring city: comprehensive cultural and leisure facilities, an intact infrastructure, an excellent educational system, and a beautiful landscape.
... by car
- A 81 from Stuttgart or Singen (exit 35), then B 27 / B 33.
- A 4 (CH) from Schaffhausen, then B 27 / B 31.
- A 5 to Offenburg or Freiburg, then B 33 or B 31.
... by train
ICE to Offenburg, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Rottweil, Baden-Baden or Mannheim.
IC and regional trains to Villingen (Black Forest) or Schwenningen (Neckar).
... by remote bus
directly to Villingen-Schwenningen (Schützenstraße, 78056 Villingen-Schwenningen).