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Villingen – or Villingen-Schwenningen, which the city now officially called – is situated in southern Germany , near the border with Austria .It belongs to the state of Baden-Württemberg, and has around 85,000 inhabitants (2008). Brigach River flows through the city, which has a relatively high position (700 m).
Villingen was in the Middle Ages an important Austrian city, while Schwenningen was a small village until the mid 1800’s, when it was established a comprehensive klokke-/ur-produksjon there. In 1972, as the two cities merged, although they are still physically separated from each other by a plateau.
One of the most exciting attractions in Villingen, the old, medieval-like town center. Here you will find such a well-preserved city wall with a number of intact gates and towers. When it comes to architecture in general, be especially the old city hall from 1534 in late Gothic style mentioned. A popular attraction just outside the city – on a hill 778 meters above sea level – is Aussichtsturm Wanne, the world’s oldest observation tower in iron (listed in 1888).
Many visitors are often also the way to the Franziskaner Museum in the city of Villingen. Why not try see a tårnur from 1575 and a Scwarzwalder-watch from 1706. One of the main sights in Schwenningen is Das Uhrindustriemuseum, which documents the history of the clock industry.
Nearest international airport is Stuttgart Airport, located 115 km northeast of Villingen-Schwenningen.