Schillingen is a village of about 1300 inhabitants. Like the neighbouring villages Mandern, Waldweiler and Heddert it is surrounded by fields, meadows and dense woods which you'll reach after a short hike. The area is rather hilly with quite a few steep slopes here and there so it may present a challenge to the untrained hiker or cyclist.
You will find that today most of the farms are situated outside the villages even though the old farmhouses inside the villages remain, often as bed and breakfasts. In the 50s and 60s farmers were encouraged to move out of the villages and settle amid their fields. The old farmhouses had become to small to accommodate all the machines which are needed for modern farming and in the village there was little room for expansion. A lot of the farmers in the area live on dairy farming because neither the climate nor the soil are good enough for more intensive forms of agriculture. In recent years a growing number of farmers have begun to keep Limousin cattle which are bred for meat.
There is little industry in the area, mostly small businesses, although you might have heard the name Bilstein. They manfacture shock absorbers which are used throughout the world.
The summer is the season for a number of fairs and festivities in the area. In Kell there is a rather big market for cattle and horses, many sports clubs have open tournaments and there are of course the fun fairs which are called Kirmes. When you get closer to the Moselle you'll find so called Weinfeste which provide an excellent opportunity to sample the local vines. Usually there is something to do every weekend as long as you have a car, because on Sundays public transportation quite simply doesn't exist.