The Fasnet Timetable
What's going on in Villingen during the High Days? Here is a timetable of the main events.
14.00 Children's parade
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night: different balls
14.00 Reception of the Tomcat Miau by the Katzenmusik (Cat Musicians) guild at the Romäusturm
18.00 The Mayor hands over the town hall keys to the guild master. Fasnet rules!
19.00 Glonki guild searching for the Fasnet at the Bickentor
06.00 Waking the town
08.00 Parade of the Cat Musicians
09.00 Historical parade of the Narrozunft along Niedere Straße and Rietstraße
10.15 Parade of the Südtstadtclowns in Niedere Straße
14.15 Maschgerelauf: Parade of the Narrozunft along Obere Straße and Rietstraße
16.30 Parade of the Glonki guild
13.30 Big parade of all guilds
22.30 Catching the Tomcat Miau and returning him into the Romäusturm
24.00 Burning of the straw from the pants of the Wuescht in Münster square
Try to get hold of the leaflet "Narrenfahrplan VS" which contains all events in both Villingen and Schwenningen.
Separate tips and travelogues about some of these events (those I have watched) following.
Mon 10.15: Parade of the Südstadtclowns
The Südstadtclowns (South town clowns) do their own little parade along Niedere Straße and Bickenstraße on Monday morning after the historical parade of the Narrozunft. They add quite some colour to Villingen's Fasnet...
Their salutation: "Heidi" - "Heida"
You'll take twice as many photos as you planned...
... at least twice as many, while watching the Fastnacht parades and activities. Bring your camera. Take a spare battery set. Take twice as many storage cards resp. films as you think you'll need.
Otherwise you'll bite your *insert name of most suitable part of body*.
Frischauf mein Bad'ner Land!
"Villingen - the last outpost against the Swabians!"
This medievial town happens to being my hometown now since more than 20 years - and I still like it very much.
I love the nearby black forest that gives you the opportunity to feel like being on holiday whenever you want and I like the little evening stroll along the Brigach, one of the Danube's offspring-rivers.
I pity the way this once prosperous and rich town is bleeding out now - the city looks neat and nice, but tends to being sterile and cold more and more. It lacks the once numerous little shops - it's getting easier to buy four different mobile phones now in the town center than a bottle of milk and there are a lot of people who seem to think that no one has the right to live and rest in the middle of town as long as others have money and time to party...
But still Villingen is a nice little town to visit!
Narrentreiben In The Streets
Narrentreiben is the term for the unorganized part of the Fasnet. After the parades you'll see the Narros and all the others walking the street, talking, resting, visiting pubs and so on.
These three Narros are resting on a bench after the parade. The bells are heavy, so they deserve a rest! Each of them carries some 20 kgs.
Stroll and explore the streets of Villingen between the parades. You'll find some good photo options and little scenes to catch. If you're lucky some of the masked jesters will even pose for your camera.
The little girl, dressed up as a complete Altvillingerin, is struggling with a pram. The thin metal wheels of the historical pram aren't easy to navigate on cobblestone.
Obere Straße on Monday at lunchtime. Narrozunft members, Glonkis and other masks are around.
In Münster square I met this quartet of all four main figures: Narro, Morbili, Stachi, Altvillingerin
A group of Glonki drummers marching through the lanes.
Other little groups who are not members of the organized guilds will also dress up and do their own private parades.
The Wuescht tour the pubs of the town after the parade hoping to get a free drink or snack.
You'll even spot guests from neighbouring towns and villages - these fancy guys seem to be from a guild in Schwenningen.