The first ground was broken for the third phase of construction of the Leitz-Park on 7 June 2016. After only two years, June 2018 will see the opening of the new site according to plan – a place for the optical industry, first-class research and outstanding contemporary architecture. A place that will attract people from around the globe.
Visitors can look forward to an impressive complex with numerous architectural highlights. The new site is the home of four buildings: The Leica Camera AG building will offer its future visitors more top-class exhibitions, a museum, a Leica archive, a Store and the Leica Akademie. With 129 rooms and suites in modern interior design, the arcona LIVING ERNST LEITZ HOTEL visualises the world of Leica in a variety of ways and offers its guests the perfect opportunity for an overnight stay in style.
The hotel, which opened on 1 May 2018, has a restaurant with a patio for both its guests and visitors to the Leitz-Park. A further building is occupied by CW Sonderoptic GmbH. The six-storey office block on the new site is currently occupied by Leitz-Park GmbH, the Internet agency ‘Die Interaktiven’, a medical technology company and a physiotherapy practice.
We will be inviting the general public to attend the opening of the Leitz-Park on 17 June 2018. Visitors on the day can look forward to numerous attractions from the fascinating worlds of Leica Photography and Leica Sport Optics.
The next step on the way from a vision to a reality: The breaking of the ground for the third phase of the Leitz Park complex is the next big step forward in the development of Wetzlar as a location for innovation and manufacturing and as the foremost centre of the optical industry in Germany.
Around 250 invited guests, among them Dr. Christoph Ullrich, President of the Giessen administrative district, Manfred Wagner, Mayor of the City of Wetzlar and Wolfgang Schuster, District Administrator of the Lahn-Dill region, joined Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG, and Oliver Kaltner, chairman of the executive board of Leica Camera AG, to celebrate the expansion of the Schanzenfeld site at the south-east gate of the City of Wetzlar.