UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory

UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory, Alfeld (Leine): Hours, Address, UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory Reviews: 4.5/5

UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory

UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Fagus factory was built in 1911 by architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and is known throughout the world as the first building conforming to the modern architectural style. The singular steel-and-glass architectural style enabled the architect to endow a medium-sized factory with an unusual appearance that broke with tradition. Fagus shoe lasts have been produced in this living monument for more than 100 years. This production process has now been enhanced by the corporate divisions associated with GreCon Electronics and Grecon Dimter Machine Building. Since the year 2011, this architectural masterpiece has numbered among the UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites. Visit the Fagus factory, retrace the journeys of Walter Gropius and Carl Benscheidt (the innovative founder of the company) and experience how tradition meets innovation and architecture lines up with production.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Jonathan H
Durham, UK292 contributions
A must-see living monument of architecture and production
Oct 2020 • Business
Perhaps I’m a little biased (as a senior leader in the Fagus-GreCon group). That to one side, if you have the opportunity to visit the Fagus Factory, you should grasp the chance. I have visited several times during work trips and also with my family. The initial work of the Bauhaus founder and architect Walter Gropius is maintained to an exceptionally high standard as a living museum and working industrial setting. The museum occupies several floors which you can spend a significant amount of time in, and the UNESCO wall display is something my children enjoyed too. I recommend a visit without hesitation.
Written October 17, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,018 contributions
Not only UNESCO world heritage status.
Jan 2019
Of course, the main motive of the visit is the UNESCO world heritage status. Why did factory of shoe pads deserve this? Is it Walter Gropius and Bauhaus? Not only. Of course the Bauhaus is interesting, but to a greater extent lovers of architecture. However, ordinary tourists will also find their interest here. The main thing is the exhibition of shoes of the XX century. It turns out you can see history by looking only at your feet. A fashionable theme in historiography is the rejection of metanarratives in favor of such a view. Of course the tragic history of Germany will remain incomprehensible, but as an auxiliary topic why not? An additional bonus is a visit to the factory. I was on Saturday and couldn't make it. What a pity...
Written December 20, 2019
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Matthias W
Vienna, Austria425 contributions
Gropius' first big project
May 2019 • Friends
Still a working factory, we almost missed to announce ourself to the porter, which seems to be a requirement. You can check out the outside and the exhibition building, the production quarters and offices are understandably off limits. The building is the first big project by Walter Gropius, who later founded the Bauhaus school, notably also with a glass curtain wall. It The exhibition was quite informative, though quickly done within about an hour. The factory itself is very close to the train station (10-15 minute walk).
Written June 20, 2019
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JaneSusanW
Boston, MA4 contributions
Modernist icon, easily accessible by train (Alfeld, Lower Saxony.)
Jun 2018 • Couples
We've often noticed the famous Fagus Werk building from the regional (Metronom) train that runs between Goettingen and Hannover. Our visit last Sunday coincided with World Heritage Day, so admission was free, and the place was hopping with all kinds of activities on the theme of "wood," from chainsaw carving to homemade percussion sessions and woodwind ensembles.

The factory, still flourishing over 100 years after its founding in 1911, makes shoe lasts (once made of beech wood, hence the name "Fagus," from Latin for "beech"), industrial fire protection products and precision wood-milling machinery. Thanks to its iconic status as a stunningly light and airy industrial workspace designed by Walter Gropius and his colleague Adolf Meyer, it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibition space and a visitor center.

The audio guide in English is excellent: full of detail and fascinating background about Gropius and his relationship with factory founder and visionary entrepreneur Carl Benscheidt, a pioneer of modern comfortable footwear. Worth a trip for anyone interested in the Bauhaus, architecture and the history of shoes and shoe-making.
Written June 4, 2018
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Defseek
South Water Caye, Belize74 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2017 • Friends
We visited on a Monday and found the staff helpful. The interactive board in the welcome center was great! We could find other World Heritage sites and play at guessing others from the photos. We then moved on to the actual museum and spent a couple of hours on the five floors of exhibits. I found the floor with all the different shoes from all different eras fascinating. The building is beautiful too with its old wooden beams and floors. Museum layout is excellent. There are a few info boards in English and a printed guide in English. Parking was free. Cafe closed on Mondays. Ticket price reasonable. Children might not enjoy this site. Lots of stair climbing to see all five floors.
Written October 3, 2017
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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,906 contributions
Entertaining
Nov 2015 • Couples
The factory is still working even today, almost 100 years after it's been constructed, the buildings designed in a unified style by the father of Bauhaus, Walter Gropius. You can do a tour of the factory, working even on weekends and see the museum. The museum is very interesting, very well put together, informative and entertaining. Worth visited if you're interested in architecture, UNESCO or wooden shoe forms :)
Written December 2, 2015
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hethuis
Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands186 contributions
Very special
Oct 2011 • Couples
All you want to no about shoe last. Furthermore the building is pasrt of the UNESCO World Heritage list
Written April 30, 2012
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