Place:Villingen-Schwenningen, Baden, Germany

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NameVillingen-Schwenningen
Alt namesVillingensource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 996; Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 1301
TypeTown
Coordinates48.067°N 8.45°E
Located inBaden, Germany     ( - 1972)
Also located inSchwarzwald-Baar-Kreis, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany     (800 - )
See alsoSchwenningen, Württemberg, Germany
Schwenningen, Bayern, Germany
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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Villingen-Schwenningen is a city in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in southern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It has 80,941 inhabitants (as of 2009).

History

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 Colonel Von Wilstorff put up a stout defence of the outdated fortifications, and after six days the siege failed.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

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

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While WeRelate calls this area by its current name, it wasn't always so:

  • Before 1972, there were two towns-- Villingen and Schwenningen
  • Before the regions of Baden and Wuerttemberg were merged, Villingen was part of (Catholic) Baden, and Schwenningen was part of (Protestant) Wuerttemberg.

Therefore, depending on when your ancestor was born, the place name on WeRelate may not match the name in the "Place" field of your family tree.



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