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UNESCO World Heritage Fagus FactoryHannoversche Straße 58
31061 Alfeld

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Welcome to Fagus Factory.

Discover Fagus Factory

Discover Fagus Factory and learn exciting things about the unique industrial architecture and the active production operation.

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


Learn more about the special characteristics of the Gropius architecture and the innovative ideas of company founder Carl Benscheidt in a guided tour.

Learn more about our comprehensive offer of guided tours


Experience a concert in the production hall and enjoy cultural events in a unique atmosphere in a world heritage site.

Get an insight into our event program

Meet & Celebrations

The Fagus Factory offers extraordinary conference and event facilities. Celebrate and meet in the special atmosphere of the World Heritage.

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Opening hours
Fagus Factory


Apr-Oct: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Nov-March: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Closed:1. Jan; 24./ 25./31. Dec

Public tours: all year round: Sa. and Su. at 1.00 p.m. April – October: additionally on Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. on Sundays 11:00 a.m.
Group tours by appointment at any time


UNESCO World Heritage Fagus Factory
Hannoversche Straße 58
31061 Alfeld (Leine)

Fagus Factory is open

The UNESCO World Heritage Fagus Factory will be open again. You will find below all safety instructions as download  for the protection of our visitors and employees.

Guided tours

  • Public tours will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. starting January 22, 2022. Participation is possible after prior ticket purchase in the online shop.
  • Individual tours take place on weekdays and at the weekend by prior arrangement at 05181-791 or info@fagus-werk.com.


  • You can do a video guide tour daily.

  • You can buy tickets for our video-guide-tour in our online shop.


  • Open daily.

  • You can buy tickets in advance in our online shop.

  • To protect the health of our visitors, we ask that you voluntarily wear a mask in our exhibition areas.


  • You can book your personal appointment directly in our online shop or we are at your disposal by email (info@fagus-werk.com) or by phone (05181-790).

  • Please take our current safety and hygiene regulations into account.
  • To protect the health of our visitors, we ask that you voluntarily wear a mask in our exhibit areas.


  • The Fagus-Gropius-Café is open Mondays to Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and has food and drinks ready for you for take away.
  • The Fagus-Gropius-Café is open at weekends from 1:00 pm to 5 p.m.

Test centre

The independent test centre KaMedi is located in the immediate vicinity of the Fagus Factory in the building of the discotheque Sound. Appointments can be booked online here.

We thank you for your understanding.

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 51 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.

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