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UNESCO World Heritage Fagus FactoryHannoversche Straße 58
31061 Alfeld

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Welcome to Fagus Factory.


Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site Fagus Factory and learn exciting and interesting things about the living monument, the unique industrial architecture and the active production operation.

That's how your day in the factory can look like


See and hear everything about the living monument in a guided event tour and gain an exclusive insight in the active shoe last production. Learn more about the special characteristics of the Gropius architecture and the innovative and progressive ideas and visions of the company founder Carl Benscheidt and the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius.

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Be amazed

Our site will surely amaze you. Go on a digital journey through time and learn more about the history of origins of the Fagus Factory and its way to a World Heritage site. Marvel at the worldwide World Heritage sites on our large-scale unique media wall.

Visit our multi-media, interactive UNESCO Visitor Centre


The World Heritage site Fagus Factory offers extraordinary conference and event facilities for 5 to 120 persons. Let yourself be surprised by our unique location and celebrate or meet your guests in the special atmosphere of the World Heritage backdrop.

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The Fagus Factory is opened every day and invites you to interesting discovery tours.

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Family outing

Experience the Fagus Factory with your whole family and benefit from our attractive family ticket.

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Centrally located

It only takes you 10 minutes on foot to reach the Fagus Factory from the Alfeld railway station or travel by car via the national highway 'Bundesstraße 3'.

Are you looking for a souvenir?

The Fagus Shop offers a range of selected souvenirs around the living monument.

Fagus Shop

Living Monument

to architecture and production

In 2011, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added the Fagus Factory to the world heritage list. It is now one of the 42 world heritage sites in Germany. As the first building in the trend associated with modern industrial architecture, the Fagus Factory (which was built in 1911) represented the initial work of architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. 

Carl Benscheidt, the forward-looking and innovative company founder, entrusted the young architect Walter Gropius with the task of building a shoe last factory. The Fagus Factory represents an architectural concept that was the first to consider the requirements associated with light, air and clarity and to make use of glass and steel in a manner corresponding to a brand new construction style.

Tradition meets innovation

The glass-and-steel structure and the unsupported glazed corners endow the building with a casual elegance that was quite extraordinary at the time compared with other factories of the period. The factory has been a listed architectural monument since 1946. The entire factory was completely restored between the years 1982 and 2002 and it is now in a better condition than ever before. The name of the factory is derived from the Latin ‘fagus sylvatica’, which means ‘beech’ or ‘beech wood’. Beech wood is the traditional raw material for the production of shoe lasts. Fagus shoe lasts have been produced here for more than 100 years. This production process has now been enhanced by the division GreCon. Visit the Fagus Factory and experience how tradition meets innovation and architecture lines up with production.

let yourself be inspired

with events, concerts and exhibitions in the living monument