The Total Wetzlar Experience with Bill Rosauer

Jan 30, 2019  By Richard Rejino

You are invited to join Bill Rosauer, LHSA Viewfinder Editor and President Emeritus, on a personal guided tour of Wetzlar and Leitz Park. Our group will be limited to fifteen participants.

Highlights will include:

Tour of Leitz Park, including the Factory, Customer Care Department and Museum. In addition, we have many special events planned at Leitz Park, including meeting with Stefan Daniel and Peter Karbe, Head of Lens Design at Leica. President Emeritus Jim Lager will participate in a special extended visit to the Leica Archives at Leitz Park. Leica AG will also provide loaner cameras and lenses to our group during our visit.

In old Wetzlar, you will stand on the very spot where Oskar Barnack took one of the first images with the Ur-Leica. We will visit the old Leitz factory Hochhaus and adjacent Administration Building, the historic Hausertor Werke where the Leica was originally made, and also the site of the historic Board Meeting of 1924 when Ernst Leitz II made the fateful decision to take the risk to make the Leica. A visit with Lars Netopil, VP of Leica Historica is planned at his shop and gallery in Wetzlar. During this visit, you will have a chance to obtain a personalized copy of Lars Netopil’s new book, “Museum Leica”.

Exclusive for our tour, are special guests Knut Kühn-Leitz, grandson of Ernst Leitz II, for a personal guided tour of Haus Friedwart, the Leitz family home.

The first tour is scheduled for the week of May 19 to May 24, 2019, with our home base being the Hotel Ernst Leitz at Leitz Park. A fall tour is planned for September 2019.

The tour includes six nights double occupancy lodging (single at additional cost), all meals (alcohol not included) and transportation when required to tour locations. Participants are responsible for their own air fare and transportation to Leitz Park.

Regular price for this tour will be $ 5,995.00. LHSA members will receive a special $ 500 discount from the regular tour price.

If you are interested in joining us, please email me at or visit my website for more details.

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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