Blick auf Lahn und die Altstadt in Wetzlar preloader-image Dominik Ketz


Medieval squares and impressive half-timbered houses have long been enthralling visitors.

Complemented by decorative Baroque buildings...

and the impressive cathedral, the old town fascinates visitors again and again, inviting them to take a stroll through the old streets. It was against this backdrop that Goethe wrote what is probably his most famous work, "The Sorrows of Young Werther". Wetzlar can also call itself the town of sight, as it was the optics industry that made it world famous. There is a lot in Wetzlar to remind visitors of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's time in the town. For example the Lottehaus; one of the town's many museums. The town and its inhabitants were recorded for posterity in world literature in probably Goethe's most famous work, "The Sorrows of Young Werther".

Wetzlar is also the cradle of 35 mm photography. It was Oskar Barnack who had the ingenious idea of creating the 35 mm format for his legendary Leica, which entered series production in 1925. The "Viseum Wetzlar" builds on this tradition. Visitors can gain fascinating insights into the world of technology here. A large number of exhibits on the topics of optics and fine mechanics are presented in a historic building in the heart of the old town. But visitors are not limited to looking; researching and experimenting for themselves is the key. Visitors and tourists also have the opportunity to discover the optics trail, with its 24 stations and phenomena on the topic of optics. The audio guide is perfect for this, providing a unique and entertaining tour of the optics trail. Located in the heart of the Lahn Valley, the town is also an outstanding starting point for cycling tours on the Lahn Valley cycle path or for canoeing trips on the Lahn river.




Domplatz 8
35573 Wetzlar
Tel.: +49 (0) 6441 / 99-7755
Fax: +49 (0) 6441 / 99-7759