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Nature Reserve in Villingen-Schwenningen

Upper Danube Valley Nature Reserve

Theatrically set against cave-riddled limestone cliffs, dappled with pine and beech woods that are burnished gold in autumn, and hugging the Danube's banks, this reserve bombards you with rugged splendour. Stick to …
Museum in Villingen-Schwenningen

Franziskaner Museum

Next to the 13th-century Riettor gate tower and occupying a former Franciscan monastery, the Franziskaner Museum skips merrily through Villingen’s history and heritage. Standouts include Celtic artefacts unearthed a…
Italian in Villingen-Schwenningen

Gasthaus Löwen

This German-Italian bistro creates a modern mood with its brick floor, bare wood tables, globe lights and moulded chairs. Hailing originally from Venice, the friendly owners are firm believers in slow food and organ…
Square in Villingen-Schwenningen

Münsterplatz

The Münsterplatz is presided over by the step-gabled Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Klaus Ringwald’s Münsterbrunnen, a bronze fountain and a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of characters that have shaped Villingen’s hi…
Cathedral in Villingen-Schwenningen

Münster

The main crowd-puller in Villingen's Altstadt is the red-sandstone, 12th-century Münster with its disparate spires: one overlaid with coloured tiles, the other spiky and festooned with gargoyles. The Romanesque port…
Vegetarian in Villingen-Schwenningen

OM

Doubling up as a yoga studio and boutique, this cafe brings the warm colours and boho flavour of India to central Villingen. On the lunch menu are healthy, vegetarian dishes from curries and stir-fries to soups, sal…
Cafe in Villingen-Schwenningen

Zampolli

For an espresso or creamy gelati, head to this Italian-run cafe. By night, the pavement terrace facing the Riettor gate tower is a laid-back spot for a drink.
Irish Pub in Villingen-Schwenningen

Fürstenberg

This cheery Irish pub pours a decent Guinness and has an assortment of 80 whiskies to choose from.
Gardens in Villingen-Schwenningen

Spitalgarten

Tucked behind the Franziskaner is the Spitalgarten, a park flanked by the original city walls. Here your gaze will be drawn to Romäusturm, a lofty 13th-century thieves’ tower named after fabled local leviathan Remig…