The Leitz-Park has been created as a unique place where Leica enthusiasts, lovers of photography and guests from around the world can explore and experience the brand universe and find inspiration in the numerous fascinating facets of Leica photography.

Visitors can look forward to inspirational exhibitions of exceptional photography, unique insights into the factory and the history of the company, events, guided tours, photography workshops, culinary delights and much more.

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A unique journey through Leitz-Park

In the course of the guided tour lasting around 90 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.

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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 are available only by prior arrangement, so please book in advance via email to: leicatour@leica-camera.com

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Leica Gallery
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.

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ERNST LEITZ MUSEUM
The Museum for Photography and Photographic Technology

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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.

OPENING HOURS:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10a.m. to 6p.m.

Further information can be found at: www.ernst-leitz-museum.en

Dr. Paul Wolff & Tritschler. Light and Shadow – Photographs from 1920 to 1950
Opening exhibition from 28 June 2019 – 26 January 2020

This first major retrospective covering the life and work of Dr Paul Wolff (1887–1951) and Alfred Tritschler (1905–1970) rediscovers two of the most culturally and historically significant German photographers of the first half of the 20th century. Even today, Wolff & Tritschler are renowned as outstanding pioneers of Leica photography, outstanding technicians and pioneers of a vibrant style of illustrative photography and reportage.

Their estimated 700,000 pictures reflect all significant trends in photographic modernism, from the movements known as ‘Neues Sehen’ (New Vision) to ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ (New Objectivity). 

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Active from the middle of the 1920s, Wolff & Tritschler accompanied key events and developments of their times with their cameras – the building of the autobahns, steamship cruises, the fascination of the Zeppelins, architectural modernism and the Olympic Games of 1936. Not least this broad thematic spectrum, in combination with their eye for the moment, a passion for seeing and showing, and a clear commitment to the camera as a medium for communication in the age of technology, made their oeuvre so exceptional.

Wolff & Tritschler never saw themselves as artists, but rather as reliable providers of a service whose company in Frankfurt embraced all genres of contemporary photography – from idealising calendar pages to modern advertising of consumer goods and from dynamic sports photos to stringently precise architectural photographs. In 1923, Paul Wolff’s photography made an essential contribution to the campaign to preserve the historic centre of Frankfurt and thus gave us a lasting impression of the city as it was in the Middle Ages. At the same time, Wolff & Tritschler stand for iconic images of the New Frankfurt, such as the ‘Zig-zag Houses’, the Great Market Hall or the headquarters of I.G. Farben that are still regularly reproduced in printed form today.

Wolff & Tritschler were pioneers in the fields of both emerging colour photography and industrial reportage. As a well-organised part of an age of modern media, the company placed an emphasis on the printed image: in fact, there was hardly a magazine or illustrated periodical around 1930 that did not publish pictures by Wolff & Tritscher. Their bibliography runs to more than 300 titles, with translations into English, French, Italian or Japanese. In summary, the lifework of Wolff & Tritschler is not uncontroversial, which the richly orchestrated exhibition of around 400 items – including previously unseen vintage prints, posters, documents, magazines and books – sees more as an opportunity to present Wolff & Tritschler as a ‘phenomenon’ embedded in the history of Germany around 1930.

OPENING HOURS
Tuesday - 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

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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.

CONTACT
Mon. - Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone: +49 (0)6441-2080-800

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.

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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: leicaakademie@leica-camera.com

Leica Archiv
The heart of the Leica legend

The identity of the brand is founded on the collections kept in the archive.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ur-Leica in 2014, the Leica Archive was re-founded and is now a central location at which the immense collection of historical and contemporary knowledge about, and relating to, Leica is gathered. 

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The Leica Camera AG archive documents the history of the company and makes it available in the form of objects, documents, pictures and films. This ensures the preservation of historic knowledge handed down from numerous generations and sources, and makes it accessible for future use.

The storehouse of knowledge and information collected and conserved in the Leica Archive is not only accessible to the specialised departments of the company, but also to collectors, journalists and researchers.

If you have any questions, please contact us by mail:
archiv@leica-camera.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.

OPENING HOURS:

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 / customer.care@leica-camera.com

The Leica Nature Trail
Discover the world of nature at Leitz-Park

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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. 

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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.

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The Weinwirtschaft restaurant in the arcona LIVING 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.

On the right, the ‘Traffic’ kiosk in the office block that is the home of the Ernst Leitz Werkstätten, also offers a small selection of food and drinks.

  • Café Leitz

    Monday - Friday
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday
    11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    All cakes and drinks to take away.

    Now enjoy the culinary delights of Café Leitz also on Sundays and bank holidays.

  • Leica Casino

    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

  • WEINWIRTSCHAFT – ERNST LEITZ HOTEL

    Monday - Sunday
    10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Tel.: +49 6441-30990
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On Friday, 22.11.2019 the Café Leitz will be closed.

OPENING HOURS between Christmas and New Year 

CAFÉ LEITZ & ERNST LEITZ MUSEM

Closed on 24 & 31 December.
Open on all other public holidays during regular opening hours.

MUSEUM SHOP & LEICA STORE WETZLAR

Open from 24 & 31 December until 1 p.m.
Closed on 25 & 26 December & 01 January 2020.

LEICA WORLD OF EXPERIENCE

To be discovered throughout the regular opening hours.

Overnight accommodation in Leitz Park
ERNST LEITZ HOTEL

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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
info.ernstleitz-wetzlar@viennahouse.com

Wetzlar
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.

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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.

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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.

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