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"When was the Church of the Saviour first built? What is its name in German?" (posted 01/10/2015)

The Conradines Gebhard, Count in the Wetterau and from 904 Duke of Lorraine, was 897 in Wetzlar a Salvator Church (Church of the Redeemer) consecrate the earlier buildings replaced. He donated 914/915 monastery of St. Mary.
Answer provided by Kerstin Loehr on 01/11/2015
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"Wish to visit Leica factory. How to get there from Frankfurt? Any link for booking the tour?" (posted 08/21/2015)

From Frankfurt you can Wetzlar well reach by car or by train. Appointments I would try to talk directly. For more information you may also get on the Tourist Information telephone number: 0049 6441 99 77 50. Greetings Sabie Redlich-Huber
Answer provided by Sabine Redlich-Huber on 08/24/2015
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Best rent a car. This is the simplest. In order for the A45 motorway Correct Kassel. On Gambacher cross right towards Giessen. Then Wetzlar is pending. Departure Münchholzhhausen (Wetzlar Süd). Turn left, then there are only a few kilometers on the right side. Also has http://maps.google.de detailed directions. Hope it works!
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  • Wetzlar Cathedral
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    Wetzlar Cathedral

    The Wetzlarer Dom (Wetzlar Cathedral) is one of Wetzlar's landmark buildings. Building work began on the cathedral in 1230 and is still not finished. It is the successor to a former "Church of the Saviour" consecrated in 897. The monastery and parish church was called Cathedral as of the late 17th century. This designation was accomplished during the time that the Reichskammergericht was active in Wetzlar (1693 – 1806), when the Elector-Archbishop of Trier was Monastery Provost, making the church a "Bishop's Church". The Wetzlar cathedral bears the hallmark of every style of ecclesiastical architecture from the late Romanesque to the Baroque period – a potted architectural history spanning four centuries! The Reformation brought the Lutheran faith to Wetzlar and from then on the church was shared. To this day, two parishes – Catholic and Protestant – use the same altar and the same organ, donated, incidentally, by the industrialist family, Leitz.

  • Fantasy Library of Wetzlar

    The Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar (Fantastic Library of Wetzlar) was founded in 1989 and has become one of the largest public libraries specialized in Fantasy literature worldwide. The largest of its kind in Europe, it is generally a reference library which is open to the public and scientists. The aim of the library is to collect everything in print associated with science fiction, fantasy, literature, classical fantasy, horror, utopian novels, fantastic journey and adventure novels, fairy tales, saga, myths etc. Once a year the library organizes the Wetzlarer Tage der Phantastik(Wetzlar Fantastic Conference), a literary symposium for authors, journalists, publishers and the public.

    The library currently holds over 150,000 titles. This collection includes hardcovers and paperbacks, dissertations, magazines and fanzines. There are also some rare materials, e.g. the documenta 1984 science-fiction-collection.

  • Rittal Arena Wetzlar
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    Rittal Arena Wetzlar

    Rittal Arena Wetzlar is an indoor sporting arena located in Wetzlar, Germany. The capacity of the arena is 5,000 people and it was opened in 2005. It is the home to the Handball Bundesliga club HSG Wetzlar. The arena previously carried the name Mittelhessen-Arena until the naming rights to the stadium were sold in March 2006 to the German company Rittal.

    The stadium was one of the venues for the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship.

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Wetzlar Overview

Wetzlar, in central Hesse, features an amazingly well-preserved and restored Old Town (Altstadt), with historic plazas, a 13th century Cathedral (Dom) and scores of half-timbered houses. Choose one of several vacation homes in the Old Town itself!

Wetzlar is located in central Hesse (Mittelhessen) in the middle of Germany, which is centrally located in Europe. Wetzlar's historic Old Town offers plenty of old buildings, museums, and it was temporary home to the famous writer Goethe back in 1772.

Things to See in Wetzlar

The tightly woven ensemble of historic buildings and houses in the Old Town (Altstadt) with its half-timbered houses and stone buildings from Romanesque (Wetzlar Cathedral) to Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque is to a great extent as it was in the late 18th century, preserved and yet extensively restored.

More about the History of Wetzlar

Notable architectural features include the Eisenmarkt and the steep grades and claustrophobic street layout of a medieval town. The sandstone cathedral of St. Mary was commenced in the 12th century as a Romanesque building. In the later Middle Ages the construction was continued under a masterplan in Gothic style. The church was never finished, as one steeple still is uncompleted. The cathedral suffered heavy damage in the Second World War by aerial bombing, but was restored in the 1950s. On the outskirts of town exist the ruins of several masonry towers arranged along the river.

After the Second World War ended in 1945, Wetzlar found itself in the American occupation zone, and later, once new boundaries had been drawn, in the Federal State of Hesse. By the beginning of the 1950s, owing to the huge numbers of displaced people from lost territories and refugees flooding into the town, the population had doubled to 30,000.

On 1 January 1977, as part of Hesse's municipal reforms, Wetzlar was united with the neighboring town of Gießen and fourteen outlying communities to form the city of Lahn. This district-free city had about 156,000 inhabitants. The amalgamation was very unpopular, and after persistent protests — not least of all from Wetzlar — the city of Lahn was dissolved on 31 July 1979, and Wetzlar once again became an independent town. The municipal reforms, however, had been "worth the trouble" for Wetzlar inasmuch as the town gained eight new outlying communities in the deal, making both the town's area and population considerably greater than they had been. Moreover, Wetzlar has since this time been the seat of the Lahn-Dill-Kreis, which also came into being at the same time.

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Wetzlar, in central Hesse, features an amazingly well-preserved and restored Old Town (Altstadt), with historic plazas, a 13th century Cathedral (Dom), and scores of historic houses. The tightly woven ensemble of the Altstadt with its half-timbered houses and stone buildings from the Romanesque (Wetzlar Cathedral), Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque eras is to a great extent as it was in the late 18th century, preserved and yet extensively restored.

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