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A unique journey through Leitz-Park
In the course of the guided tour lasting around 60 minutes, you will find out more about the fascinating history of the company and experience first hand the finest art of precision engineering and handcrafted perfection as they come together to create products ‘Made in Germany’ in our factory.More Details
See for yourself just how Leica products are created. Take a look behind the scenes of lens production, camera assembly and how binoculars are made. Round off your day with a visit to the Leica Gallery and the Ernst Leitz Museum and experience the fascinating works of renowned photographers and artists in constantly changing exhibitions.
All areas of the World of Leica Experience are open to the public. You can explore the World of Leica on your own, or on a guided tour with one of our Leica Tour guides.
Tours of the factory take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.00 pm or on request. Inquiries and pre-booking via email to: email@example.com
The fascination of pictures
At Leica, pictures are at the heart of everything we make and do. That’s why the Leica Galerie is one of the high points of any visit to the World of Leica.
Let yourself be inspired and carried away by constantly changing exhibitions featuring exceptional works by famous photographers and artists.
ERNST LEITZ MUSEUM
The Museum for Photography and Photographic Technology
The ERNST LEITZ MUSEUM is dedicated to modern photography and its various different facets – in the past, the present and the future. Situated on the flexible boundary between the roles it plays as a company museum and a museum of photography, it stands for multifaceted and profound scientific work, which embraces not only exhibitions of photography, but also projects relevant to the company’s history and technological aspects of photography.More Details
Monday to Sunday from 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Further information can be found at: www.ernst-leitz-museum.en
40 Years of LOBA
The exhibition at the Ernst Leitz Museum Wetzlar23 October 2020 - 28 March 2021
On the occasion of the 40 year jubilee of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA), Leica is presenting a comprehensive retrospective of all LOBA winners, at the Ernst Leitz Museum. The exhibition opens on October 23. At the same time, the works of the 2020 LOBA winners will be on display at the Leica Gallery Wetzlar.
The exhibition represents a wonderful opportunity to look back over forty years of Leica Oskar Barnack Awards: touching and evocative stories, exciting rediscoveries and new encounters, with a great variety of perspectives! This exhibition offers a clear testimony to the visual richness of the LOBA winner and newcomer series over four decades, and present photojournalism in all its diversity and constant changes.More Details
The overall retrospective of the LOBA series offers a glimpse into unknown worlds, creating a multi-layered kaleidoscope – as seen through the eyes of world renown photographers such as Sebastião Salgado, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Wendy Watriss, Jane Evelyn Atwood, David Turnley or Max Pinckers.
The comprehensive presentation that spreads over both floors of the Ernst Leitz Museum, presents over 350 exhibits. The accompanying, richly illustrated catalogue documents all 52 LOBA series – 40 main winners and twelve newcomers. In this manner, the reader will have the chance to experience and discover an extremely lively archive of the history of photojournalism.
Monday - Sunday from 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Admission: 9 euros per person
The Leica Museum Shop
Art photography to go
The Leica Museum Shop offers a large selection of excellent photographs and invites you to purchase the best picture or pictures for your home.
Take a look around and discover the wide range of premium photo books, technical literature and Leica accessories.
The Leica Store
Products and expert advice
Take some time out to discover the current Leica portfolio during the course of your inspirational visit to the World of Leica. Take a stroll around the Leica Store in the Leitz-Park complex in Wetzlar and enjoy the opportunity to get the feel of our products, trying them out and buy them. If you should need help or advice, our expert staff will be pleased to assist in any way that they can.
Mon. - Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone: +49 (0)6441-2080-800
Leica Classic Store
Vintage & Second-Hand
Classic Leica products, from analogue to digital: the Leica Classic Store is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of Leica photography – offering customers the opportunity to sell and purchase vetted Leica products. A unique feature is the glass-fronted Leica Customer Care workshop, where items are checked and serviced in the customer’s presence.More Details
Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00, and Saturdays from 10.00 to 16.00.
The Classic Store can be contacted on +49 6441 20 80-605 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leica Akademie
In dialogue with the professionals
The Leica Akademie offers an interesting and diverse programme of workshops and photographic tours for both experienced photographers and newcomers to photography.
The aim of our Akademie is to communicate technical skills, promote photographic knowledge and sensitise participants to fascinating photographic situations.More Details
It makes no difference whether they are experienced Leica photographers or newcomers to Leica photography, there is no better way of getting to know the world of Leica products than trying them first hand with guidance and advice from Leica photographers. Our objective is to pass on the invaluable experience gathered by Leica to the world.
We would be pleased to advise you, whether you wish to take part as an individual or to take advantage of our offers on event or conference experiences: email@example.com
Leica Customer Care
As unique as every Leica product you own
Leica operates a global service network offering a comprehensive array of services. For us, our customers’ wishes have utmost priority. This also applies at our company headquarters at Leitz-Park. Please visit us here, where we are always pleased to take care of you and your Leica product offering you personalised, solutions-orientated services.
Monday to Friday from 8a.m. to 5p.m.
Please arrange a service appointment beforehand to enable us to help you to the best of our abilities: Tel. +49 (0)6441 2080 189 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leica Nature Trail
Discover the world of nature at Leitz-Park
Situated close to the Leitz-Park complex, the Leica Nature Trail provides immersive insights into the diversity of our flora and fauna. Within a total walking distance of around three kilometres, the circular route has numerous information boards with detailed explanations of the diverse aspects of nature encountered along the way.
Visitors to Leitz-Park are warmly invited to explore the Leica Nature Trail for jogging, a leisurely stroll or perhaps to experience the precision of Leica Sport Optics products.
Book an event location & photo studio
The Leitz-Park site offers a variety of different venues for staging your event. The relaxed atmosphere of the professional photo studio makes it an ideal creative workspace.
Culinary highlights in Leitz-Park
Now also on Sundays and holidays
The Leitz-Park complex offers a fascinating selection of culinary experiences. The Café Leitz captivates its guests with a modern interior and an exclusive atmosphere. Relax and let the world pass you by with a selection of the best coffees and teas and a wide range of biscuits and cakes baked by our very own master confectioner. Enjoy the unique atmosphere in the forum of Leitz-Park with a view over the entire site.
The Leica Casino is located in the headquarters building of Leica Camera AG and welcomes guests with its particularly distinctive spatial concept and extraordinary interior design. Enjoy the delights of excellent cuisine: with a sumptuous breakfast to start the day and a lunchtime menu of freshly prepared dishes.More Details
The Bull & Bonito restaurant in the Vienna House ERNST LEITZ HOTEL also looks forward to welcoming Leitz Park visitors. Inside, in the spacious rooms of the restaurant or, when the sun is shining, outside on the expansive patio with a view of the Leica complex. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with a large selection of wines by the glass in the midst of exceptional photographic art that has been integrated here as if a natural, fundamental feature of the hotel’s design concept.
Wednesday - Sunday
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All cakes and drinks to take away.
+++ NOTE: The Leica Casino is currently closed for visitors +++
Monday - Friday
07:30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Breakfast
11:45 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. Lunch
02:00 p.m. to 03:30 p.m. Coffee & sweets
Bull & Bonito – ERNST LEITZ HOTEL
Monday - Thursday
6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
More information at the hotel reception.
Tel.: +49 (0)6441/3099-0
Overnight accommodation in Leitz Park
ERNST LEITZ HOTEL
The VIENNA HOUSE ERNST LEITZ HOTEL is a part of Leitz-Park and celebrates the world of Leica photography with the unique interior design concept of its public areas and hotel rooms. The hotel is open to all – from hotel guests seeking tasteful accommodation to visitors to Leitz-Park and the City of Wetzlar.
Please contact the hotel directly for more information and bookings:
Tel.: +49 (0)6441-3099-0
From Leitz-Park to the old town A photographic tour
Explore the 4.5 km circuit tour between Leitz-Park and the old town of Wetzlar, and capture delightful pictures along the way.
Selected motifs have been marked with red spots, and are just waiting to be photographed.
Have fun discovering them!
1 - LEITZ-PARK & 2 - BISMARCKTURM
Home to the Leica brand. Start your day with a tour in the World of Leica, a visit to the Ernst Leitz Museum, or a coffee at Café Leitz. The Leica Store with Museum Shop and the Leica Nature Trail are also located on site.
The Garbenheimer Warte, which was formerly known as “the old lookout tower” back in 1398, was constructed at the beginning of the 14th century. It was rediscovered during excavations at the Warthügel. The original purpose for the Garbenheimer Warte became obsolete in the early modern age. The structure was re-designated as Bismarck Turm in 1900/1901, during celebrations held in honour of General Bismarck.
3 - ROSENGÄRTCHEN
Today's Rosengärtchen, a park with an open-air stage, served as a cemetery from 1757 to 1881.
Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem, who inspired Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, was buried here, after committing suicide.
Another memorial stone commemorates Karl Kellner (1826–1855), the founder of the optics industry in Wetzlar.
4 - ALTE LAHNBRÜCKE
The Alte Lahnbrücke (Lahn Bridge) was built in the second half of the 13th century, and first mentioned in 1288.
It was part of the medieval trade route from Frankfurt to Cologne.
In order to increase its stability, the piers located in the river bed were reinforced with icebreakers.
5 - EISENMARKT
One of the first pictures of Oskar Barnack was taken here on cinema film. Taken in 1914, it shows the Eisenmarkt (iron market) and the Haus Zur Alten Münz (house of the old mint), which was built in 1599, probably on the location of a former medieval coin mint.
Based upon the French writing found on the long side of the house, it can be concluded that the builder was a member of the Walloon Reformed community of religious refugees, who were admitted to Wetzlar in 1586.
6 - DOM
The construction of the Dom (cathedral), the former collegiate and parish church Unserer Lieben Frau (Our Beloved Lady), remained unfinished. A Romanesque church building from the end of the 12th century stood on the cathedral hill on two older predecessor buildings. Around 1230 the construction of a new gothic church began with the erection of the new choir.
The construction plans have changed several times, which can still be seen today in the different architectural styles from early to late Gothic. After the magnificent south tower and the west façade were partially completed, construction work was stopped in the 15th century, due to a lack of funds. Since the Reformation until today, the church has been used simultaneously by both Christian denominations.
7 - KORNMARKT
In one of the less sloping parts of the city, the Kornmarkt (grain market) was established in the Middle Ages.
In front of the beautiful houses of this square, several street cafés and beer gardens invite you to take a break in summer.
The young Johann Wolfgang Goethe also lived on the Kornmarkt in 1772 to complete a legal internship at the Reichskammergericht (the Imperial Court of Appeal) in Wetzlar.
8 - ALTER FRIEDHOF
The Alte Friedhof (Old Cemetery of Wetzlar) represents in its entirety an architectural and artistic specialty.
Many of Wetzlar’s renowned citizens, such as Ernst Leitz, Oskar Barnack and Max Berek rest here.
The park-like grounds have recently been enriched by a new motif: since 2019, water has again been running over the cascades in front of the chapel.
Details of the walking tour can be picked up at the starting point in Leitz Park, at the reception of the Leica World in the Ernst Leitz Museum. In addition, the flyer below is available to download.
You are welcome to register for a guided motif tour at email@example.com, all details are subject to prior arrangement.
Cathedral city, birthplace of the German optical industry and for a while, the home of Goethe
The development of the German optical industry is inextricably entwined with the history of Wetzlar – Ernst Leitz and his family played an important role in this.More Details
The small city of Wetzlar an der Lahn also significantly influenced the life and work of the young Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The city in Middle Hesse and the surrounding area served as a backdrop for the writer’s most famous works.
Embedded in idyllic scenery only 40 minutes from Frankfurt am Main by car, the historic city welcomes visitors with the ‘Altstadt’, the beautifully preserved medieval heart of the city, and surrounding areas offering numerous sightseeing opportunities and havens of peace.
Companies on the Leitz-Park site
A vibrant urban district
Also embedded in the Leitz-Park complex are the companies Leitz Cine Wetzlar, Viaoptic GmbH and Uwe Weller Feinwerktechnik, all of which represent optical and precision engineering excellence made in Germany.More Details
In addition to being the home of the Ernst Leitz Werkstätten, one office block is also the business address of several smaller companies which now occupy commercial premises in the urban setting of the Leitz-Park site.