Lotte, Leica, Leitz
The city of Wetzlar in Middle Hesse looks back on a long history and has been characterised by culture, trade and industry. The Leica camera set out on its way to world renown from Wetzlar. Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s stay at Wetzlar inspired him to write his novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther”. And the lively town has still lost nothing of its appeal.
Where do you want to go?
Just take a walk to explore the idyllic historic city-centre with its many half-timbered houses and baroque buildings along the river Lahn and the prominent unfinished dome. Leitz Park is one of the town’s current attractions that tourists like to explore, some of them looking through their cameras. As the hotel is situated right in the middle of Leitz Park, you definitely won’t be able to miss it.
Discover optical phenomena on an experimental walk - at the optics course in Wetzlar. Continue at the Viseum, the house of optics and precision engineering. No simple museum, but the latest high-tech technology for an exciting experience.
It gets exciting in the "dark department store". Blind guides lead you through the darkness. If one of our senses fails, the others sharpen up. Feel, smell, taste - see nothing and yet experience a lot.
Get out of the comfort zone
Kletterwald Wetzlar - THE high rope course
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Having fun in the fresh air and in the great outdoors, experiencing action at lofty heights and becoming confident, getting moving and experiencing coordination in a playful way and doing something with the whole family.
Wetzlar’s Leitz Park focuses on the Leica camera that is at the centre of the architecture, offers and exhibitions there. Photography lovers absolutely have to take a look at the changing top-notch exhibitions. Professional photographers hold highly interesting photography classes there that will allow you to improve your own photography skills which you may then test immediately when taking a walk on the Leica nature trail.
The unfinished dome
You absolutely have to see this – the dome sitting right at the centre of Wetzlar’s pittoresque old city-centre. You don’t have to be an architect to see that it is still unfinished – and it has remained so for centuries. Use the Dome App to search for historical traces and discover fingerprints from more than 1,100 years of building history.
Top after-work photo subject
When you wanted to go from Frankfurt to Cologne in the 14th century, you had to cross the Alte Lahnbrücke – and you can still do that today. You should definitely not miss out on this subject – whether you want to post it on Instagram or take analog photos. Take a walk through Colchester Anlage and take a break at the Weingarten, relaxing in one of the deck chairs. Or watch canoeists on the Lahn river trying to master the slide while enjoying a cool beer in the beer garden.
- Highway 45: Dortmund – Hagen (Sauerlandlinie)
Leave the A45 at the exit Wetzlar-Süd (31) – follow the L3451 for 2 km in the direction of Stadtmitte/Leitz-Park, leave the roundabout at the first exit.
- Highway 3: Cologne – Frankfurt
Leave the A3 at the exit Limburg-Nord, follow the B49 to the A45 and follow the A45 until you reach the exit Wetzlar Ost (30). Leave at the next exit Wetzlar-Süd (31) and follow the L3451 for 2 km in the direction of Stadtmitte/Leitz-Park, leave the roundabout at the first exit.
- Highway 5: Frankfurt – Kassel / Kassel – Frankfurt
When going from Kassel to Frankfurt via Reiskirchener junction to the A45 or, when going from Frankfurt to Kassel, via the junction Gambacher Kreuz to the A45 – leave at the exit Wetzlar-Süd (31) – follow the L3451 for 2 km in the direction Stadtmitte/Leitz-Park, leave the roundabout at the first exit.
Wetzlar railway station is part of the regional railway network (RE and RB). When arriving at the train station, just take a taxi (approx. 10 minutes’ drive) to the hotel or go to the Central Bus Station (ZOB) directly adjacent to the train station and take Bus No. 11 in the direction of Gießen. After approx. 15 minutes get off at the stop Am Leitz-Park, where the hotel is located.
Plan your journey by train.
- Old city: 3 km
- Nearest motorway access: 2 km
- Main railway station: 5 km
- Frankfurt airport: 72 km
Lat: 50.552231 | Lon: 8.535014