Experience the strength and courage, the performance and the enthusiasm behind Leica. Experience the roots and milestones, the spirit and inspiration that shaped the brand into a legend.
Leica World makes it possible to experience the fascination of the Leica brand with all your senses. Take a look behind the scenes of the manufactory, zoom into the company's history and experience the Leica brand philosophy at first hand. Discover the spirit and contemporary history of photography with Leica in top-class exhibitions and at the interactive Ernst Leitz Museum. Exciting impressions and extraordinary encounters await you at events, guided tours and photo workshops.
Café Leitz offers you excellent culinary highlights, and at the Ernst Leitz Hotel, you can even find inspiration overnight. Discover the world of photography for yourself or in a group. Discover the world of Leica.
The Leica Gallery.
The image is always the focus at Leica. That is why the first Leica Gallery, founded in Wetzlar in 1976, is one of the highlights of the Leica world. Located opposite Café Leitz, at the headquarters of Leica Camera AG, the gallery invites its visitors to exclusive exhibitions. Be inspired and constantly surprised by outstanding works by famous national and international photographers and artists. For example, the presentation of works for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award is one of the top-class changing exhibitions.
"36 out of 100".
The exhibition "36 out of 100" is like an analogue 35mm film: with 36 images from 100 years of Leica history. The 36 selected iconic Leica motifs have all written photographic history and thus helped to create the myth of the Leica brand. All the photographs expressively illustrate the specific aesthetics of 35mm photography. Through outstanding reportage photography, history remains alive, the power of these images is unbroken. Each one occupies a very special place in the work of the respective artist.
"17 out of 100".
The special exhibition presents 17 milestones from 100 years of sport optics. From binoculars from the 1920s to prototypes of a night vision device to design drafts and special series, a wide variety of exhibits await you here.
This exhibition includes eleven cameras that are among Leica's most striking innovations. A groundbreaking journey through over 100 years of company history: from Oskar Barnack's Ur-Leica from 1914 to the Leica M3 from 1954 and the Leica x1 from 2009.
The Leica Manufactory.
A look inside the manufactory will give you fascinating insights into the creation of Leica products. Here you can experience how the unique interplay of outstanding engineering skills and precise craftsmanship is combined in the legendary Leica quality feature "Made in Germany".
Three large windows give you the opportunity to observe the craftsmanship with which our employees process optical lenses and assemble lenses or cameras. Watch the creation of Leica products while interactive elements explain the individual work steps in detail.
Experience the history of Leica along a 17-metre-long corridor. Get to know pioneering personalities such as Carl Kellner, the founding father of the optical industry in Wetzlar, and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board to this day, and see the historical and social context in which they acted. Discover camera innovations: starting with the original Leica to the latest Leica M. A fascinating journey through more than 150 years of Leica company history awaits you!
- The Leica Gallery.
- "36 out of 100".
- "17 out of 100".
- The Leica Manufactory.
- Leica History.
Experience the world of Leica through one of our tours! A tour of the Leica World, a walk into the old town of Wetzlar or a stroll around the Nature Trail will not only leave you inspired, but with new insights and and knowledge around photography, the Leica brand and the home of Leica: Wetzlar.
Experience our diverse exhibitions with renowned photographers from around the world and be impressed by their timeless works. Get an overview of current, upcoming and past exhibitions here.
Our Café Leitz, the hotel, the Casino, the shops and many other locations form Leitz Park into what it is: a place of experience for visitors of any age. Find out what we have to offer here.