Wetzlar – ideal overnight stop for the guests of Messe Frankfurt and a Mecca for photographers
Just under an hour’s drive to the north of Frankfurt, Wetzlar is an ideal place to spend the night on the way to or from a trade show or convention. The city is a real paradise for photographers with its charming half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and unfinished cathedral. In fact, the world’s first small format camera was made in Wetzlar. You can even see the spot on the Eisenmarkt in the Old Town where its inventor, Oskar Barnack, took the first snaps with his soon to be legendary Liliput camera.
In 2014, the World of Leica Experience opened at the Leitz Park, offering visitors insights into the construction of modern Leicas as well as an exhibition of historic cameras. The Optic Tour winds round the town with plenty else to see (including the XXL Spy Camera) – and even nothing at all, in the shape of the so-called Dunkelkaufhaus (or ‘dark department store’), where you can experience pitch darkness (and the concomitant sharpening of the other senses).
Wetzlar can also be reached by train. It takes just under an hour from Frankfurt main station. The Michel Hotel Wetzlar is served by the Citybus. All 150 hotel rooms are comfortable, spacious and equipped with the 4-star standard.
© Fotos: Ehemaliges Reichskammergericht am Fischmarkt, Peter-Jörg Albrecht & Michel Hotel Wetzlar