Alongside its valuable architecture, the Fagus Factory stands out due to its active production operations. For over 100 years, Fagus shoe lasts have been manufactured in this important industrial building, and today, GreCon measurement and fire protection products as well as inspection systems are produced in addition, too. The name "Fagus" is Latin and translates into beech. In the past, beech wood was the key raw material for the production of shoe lasts.
The Fagus Factory was constructed in 1911 by Walter Gropius, the architect and founder of Bauhaus, as the original building of modern industrial architecture.
In 1911, the forward-looking entrepreneur Carl Benscheidt (1858-1947) commissioned Walter Gropius to construct a factory building for his shoe last factory that should comply with cutting-edge aspects. The architect succeeded in giving a medium-sized company a completely new look that differed from the traditional one. The Fagus Factory represents an architectural concept which, for the very first time in those days, took into account the requirements for light, air and visual clarity.
Info & opening hours
Opening hours Fagus-Werk:
March - October daily 10:00 - 17:00
November - February daily 10:00 - 16:00
Opening hours Fagus-Gropius-Café:
Monday - Friday
08.15 - 14.30 (April - October)
08.15 - 14.00 (November - March)
11.00 - 17.00 (April- October)
13.30 - 16.30 (November - March)
and by appointment
Contact and contact person
Managerin Weltkulturerbe Fagus-Werk