The 10 Best Things to Do in Wetzlar, Germany

September 29, 2017 Viva Honore

Wetzlar is a city located in the state of Hesse, Germany. It is a former free imperial city that owed much of its fame to being the seat of the Imperial Supreme Court (Reichskammergericht) of the Holy Roman Empire. Located at 8° 30′ E, 50° 34′ N, Wetzlar straddles the river Lahn and is on the German Timber-Frame Road which passes mile upon mile of half-timbered houses. Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Lahn-Dill-Kreis on the north edge of the Taunus. The city is known for its ancient town and its medieval cathedral.
Restaurants in Wetzlar

Domplatz, 35573 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Wetzlar Cathedral

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

By and large, this Dome is not very remarkable – cathedrals in Mainz, Koblenz and Trier look much more impressive. However, Cathedral in Wetzlar is interesting in many ways. First, it is still unfinished – for a variety of reasons (religious strife, financial crises, etc.). The second tower was still not built. In its appearance paradoxically combines elements of different styles – from Romanesque to Gothic. And materials used for construction, too, were different – red sandstone, gray-green one, gray-black basalt (from which was built a romanesque basilica of the 12th century, which wasn’t yet destroyed, but simply "fitted" into the Cathedral, and finally, somewhere just ordinary plaster. Secondly, this is a unique "common" church for Catholic and Protestant communities of the city. And thirdly, the stained glasses inside are made in a very peculiar technique. Sometimes even primitivist.
In General, this Cathedral is a kind of exhibition of architectural styles and building materials.

2. Historische Altstadt Wetzlar

35578 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Historische Altstadt Wetzlar

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Absolutely boring and uninteresting city. Maybe because of the fact that I watched it after Marburg and before Limburg - much more colorful and remarkable towns. But, maybe, Wetzlar really does not deserve attention? Judge for yourself - as the main attractions of the city in fact are considered some buildings of "Leica" concern and several other buildings, connected with Goethe's stay here (he visited Wetzlar for short-term practice of law after university) and circumstances of his first novel "The sorrows of young Werther." Fachwerks (half-timbered buildings) here are pretty ordinary - also in the contrast with Marburg and Limburg, which are the part of "The German Timber-Frame Road". The Cathedral is not finished and leaves a feeling of some eclecticism. Although inside the stained glasses in the style of deliberate primitivism and the sculpture "Pieta" to the right of the entrance look pretty good.

3. Alte Lahnbruecke

Lahnbruecke, Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Alte Lahnbruecke

Reviewed By Mario S

Fro this part you most probably have one of the nicest views over the river and old part of the city. Recommendable to see when you are around.

4. Leica Welt IM Leitz-Park

Am Leitz Park 5, 35578 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany +49 6441 20800
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Leica Welt IM Leitz-Park

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Wetzlar became known in German history mainly because of Goethe who wrote and published here his first novel, "The sorrows of young Werther", and photo concern "Leica" (the Germans say "Lica"). This is the whole era in the photographic industry. Now "Leica" is located already outside the historical city centre, though next to it. But it is only one of three companies comprising the group, - "Leica of Microsystems", though in fact the parent one. Here are the central office, marketing department, the Museum. The main factory, real assembly plant, is not far from Wetzlar, in Solms. There is one more division in Switzerland.

5. Lottehaus

Lottestr. 8-10, 35578 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany +49 6441 994131
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Lottehaus

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Quite ordinary museum, only with a rather sparse number of exhibits. Such situation must be corrected by the fact that here, unlike, say, in Beatrice’s house or in house at Baker street all things are true and had a direct relation to Goethe and his Charlotte. However, in Florence and London mythologizing made an obvious fiction very similar to reality, and here, in this simple set of objects it is difficult to feel the spirit of the story of unrequited love of the poet.

6. Forum Wetzlar

Am Forum 1, 35576 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany +49 6441 381970
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Forum Wetzlar

Reviewed By neuhesse1987 - Nairobi, Kenya

Oh , what a shame for Wetzlar. An ugly building, cracks on the walls, poor sanitaries against payment, the usual unatractive chain Shops, poor restaurants ( Ice cafe terrible ) Yes it is ECE, but one of their worst. It killed the old town Shopping area ., its construction was accompanied by corruption and you get, what you pay for . Pull it down and make a green park out of it.
It is not wheelchair friendly , as elevators are for cost reasons only in one corner, so you do a wheelchair rally across the floors and get so tired of this rubbish place .

7. Sammlung von Lemmers-Danforth

Kornblumengasse 1, 35578 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany +49 6441 994150
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5 based on 15 reviews

Sammlung von Lemmers-Danforth

Reviewed By Herredvard - Miami

Apparently a female Doctor, rare in the early 20th century, traveled and acquired 450 of exceptional period pieces, arranged room by room, according to their country of origin. Shopping alone had to have been a special undertaking, and this Doctor, a Pediatrician, apparently worked quite hard to enable the purchases. Being an Architect, who has taught Interior Design, I was most impressed, and welcome this opportunity to give credit where it has been especially earned. The Doctor's name was Irmgard Freiin von Lemmers-Danforth. The collection is stunning, and was the high point of a Museum tourmofmthe Old City of Metzlar.

8. Burg Kalsmunt

Burgweg, 35578 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Burg Kalsmunt

Reviewed By DrLamprecht - Wetzlar, Germany

You have to visit the tower to have a look over Wetzlar, the old Goethe town. Go there when the weather is nice and you will be happy to have a very wide Panorama view

9. Tourist Information

Domplatz 8, 35578 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany +49 6441 997755
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Tourist Information

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Much more natural and organic
Normal tourist information office for Germany. Located on the square in front of the Cathedral. Attentive and helpful employees. The abundance of brochures and other printed information. Bureau arranges tours over Wetzlar and the surrounding area. Maintains relationships with hotels and can assist tourists in their accommodation for the night. I do not exclude that you can leave your luggage there for a couple hours, if you came with the aim just to walk in Wetzlar. However, it works on Sunday too, what in Germany isn’t found everywhere. But its main peculiarity lies in the fact that in this building until 1911 was located Wetzlar town hall. Honestly speaking, visually present town hall is noticeably inferior to its predecessor. It's too ordinary and mediocre. In my opinion, this building looks much more natural and organic in the overall appearance of the square.

10. Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar

Turmstr. 20, 35578 Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany +49 6441 40010
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5 based on 6 reviews

Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar

Reviewed By Silvia P - Giessen, Germany

Also bin wirklich nicht so die Leseratte,aber dieser Ort animiert einfach dazu.Etliche,verschiedene interessante Bücher in verschiedenen Sprachen zum anschauen,lesen,durchblättern.Habe dort einen ganzen Tag verbracht und war echt begeistert.Für alle Leseratten ein absolutes muss,man kommt einfach bei der Vielfalt und Auswahl echt ins schwärmen,man entdeckt immer etwas neues und interessantes.Wir haben dort als Gruppe eine Fortbildung gemacht,die ich auch nur jedem ans Herz legen kann.Wir hatten so viel Spass und haben dort die verschiedensten Räume gesehen und Dinge zum Thema Bücher austesten und lernen dürfen.

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