VS in winter

Also in the cold season Villingen-Schwenningen has to offer some amenities. A popular leisure activity is ice skating in the Schwenninger Heliosarena. The ice rink is open from mid-October and everyone, from beginners to professional ice skaters, gets their money's worth here.

The "Wild Wings" play in the first ice hockey national league and are frenetically supported by their fans.
to the website of wild wings

Kunsteisbahn Villingen-Schwenningen GmbH
Zum Mooswäldle 7/9
78054 Villingen-Schwenningen

+497720 / 6288-0
to the website of the ice rink



In Villingen-Schwenningen and its surroundings there are many possibilities for cross-country skiing. Together with Vöhrenbach and Unterkirnach, the twin town belongs to the cross-country skiing network of the Eastern Black Forest. This network has combined the individual trails into one. The cross-country skiing trail ribbon can be purchased at the Tourist Information and Ticket Service Villingen.

Tourist-Information & Ticket Service Villingen
Rietgasse 2
78050 Villingen-Schwenningen

+497721 / 82-2340

 For information about the current condition of the cross-country skiing tracks please call +497721/82-1599.

The near surroundings even offer alpine skiing. Here, for example, the Schlossberg (to the website  - approx. 14 kilometers from VS-Villingen) and the Kesselberg (to the website - approx. 18 kilometers from VS-Villingen) near Unterkirnach offer ideal conditions.



In Villingen-Schwenningen there is not only one Christmas market, but even two. Here it smells of gingerbread and children's punch, so that you can get directly into the Christmas mood on two Advent weekends in a row. The Christmas handicraft market in the Franciscan Cultural Center takes place every year on the second weekend in Advent. Visitors are particularly impressed by its special selection of unique handmade pieces.

market dates


The "Villingen Advent windows" are a unique form of the classic Advent calendar. From the 1st to 24th December there will be free Christmas performances in the area of the historical center of Villingen at alternating locations. The actions last about 15 minutes, and the content is entirely left to the imagination of the participants.



A special highlight in Villingen-Schwenningen is the Fasnet, which heralds the end of the winter each year. The numerous associations invite with different meetings to the exuberant celebrations. At the traditional Fasnet processions thousands of people stream into the city center to see the Villinger "Narro" or Schwenninger "Hansel" with its handmade "Schemme" (mask).

more information about the fasnet