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 Leica 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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The Leica Museum
The art of photography

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The Leica Museum displays exceptional exhibitions of photographic art and hand-picked works by renowned photographers and artists.

These integrate seamlessly into the imposing architectural concept of the World of Leica and invite visitors to stay a while to immerse themselves in the art of photography.

The current exhibition
‘Eyes wide open! 100 years of Leica photography’

The exhibition showcases significant moments of the past century as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leica photography. The exhibition focuses on the revolutionary changes prompted by a technical innovation: the compact and easily portable ‘Ur-Leica’. The 35mm camera not only brought about change and progress in the field of photography, it also triggered a significant shift in our perception of society and the world around us.

The majority of the images that have imparted themselves into our collective consciousness from the 1920s onwards were captured with the Leica (‘Leitz Camera’), thus providing impressive and vital documentation of contemporary events.

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From that point in time onwards, the famous Leica camera shaped and changed the way photographers see the world – and continues to do so today. Photographs by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nick Út, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Lebeck, Julia Baier and François Fontaine document significant moments in the history of art and culture from 1914 to the present day.

Following its enormous success at venues in Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Ghent, Porto, Madrid and Rome, this unique exhibition now ends its tour in Wetzlar.

OPENING HOURS:

Tuesday to Friday 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.

OPENING HOURS:

Monday to Friday from 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Saturday from 10a.m. to 3p.m.

The Global Leica Akademie
In dialogue with the professionals

The Global 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 / customercare@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
Enjoyment is an art in itself

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 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

    Contact: cafeleitz@leica-camera.com

    All cakes and drinks too take away.

  • Leica Casino

    Monday - Friday
    07:30 a.m. to 09.30 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 – arcona LIVING ERNST LEITZ HOTEL

    Mon. to Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Tel.: +49 6441-30990


Overnight accommodation in Leitz Park
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The arcona LIVING 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)6441-309 90 / info@wetzlar.arcona.de

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.

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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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