UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory

UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory

UNESCO World Heritage - Fagus Factory
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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dgjohansson
Ronneby, Sweden1,591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's a strange thing to go to take a look at an active factory with a modern look, and then reminding yourself that teh desgin is about 110 years old and a true architectural marvel. I enjoyed walking the area and see the building very much. Since it is an active factory, you'll have to be checked in and get a visitors pass even for just a walk outside. As a visitor, you can access some areas on the outside. There is a visitors centre inside and a small factory cafeteria/lunch diner which sells fodd for a resonable price, just don't expect a high culinary experience. Parking can be done for free inside the compund. The outside look is free.
Written 31 July 2022
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Jonathan H
Durham, UK309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 October 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 20 December 2019
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Matthias W
Vienna, Austria538 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 20 June 2019
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JaneSusanW
Boston, MA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 4 June 2018
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Defseek
South Water Caye, Belize78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 3 October 2017
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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 December 2015
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hethuis
Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
All you want to no about shoe last. Furthermore the building is pasrt of the UNESCO World Heritage list
Written 30 April 2012
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John Caulfield
Bremen, Germany2,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very nice museum about the history of shoe lasts by the founder Carl Benscheid, you learn a lot that you didn't know before and leave excited, really very nice :)
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Written 21 March 2024
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