Visitor & Experience Centre

The JOSEF SEIBEL shoe factory

Experience tradition live

What awaits you.



We take you on a tour of our new shoe factory. From the selection of the leather to the finished, hand-sewn shoe, you will experience the production at JOSEF SEIBEL live.

And if watching isn't enough for you, you can even become a designer yourself - customise your own 1886 sneaker on site.

In addition, you will learn everything about JOSEF SEIBEL in the shoe factory, from exciting insights into our history to our Spirit of Nature collection, our concrete concept for a sustainable future in the shoe industry.

Come with us on our journey.

Welcome to the shoe factory.

Tradition at Heart

We take you with us on our way.

Experience tradition.

From the selection of the leather to the finished, hand-sewn shoe, you will experience the production at J.S. live.

Live production

Experience the production steps from the manufacture of the upper to the hand-sewing.

Stages of production.

Configurator landing page

Become a designer yourself and create your own 1886 sneaker individually on site.

Spirit of Nature

Bring your loved ones a little souvenir or buy yourself a new shoe from the SON collection.


Your destination.

An experience for the whole family.

If you are planning a trip to Hauenstein, after your visit to the shoe factory you can taste delicious regional cuisine and wines in the Genussfabrik, right next door. You can visit us during our regular opening hours or during our great promotions and events. It will certainly be an experience for the whole family.


Weekends and public holidays:
We are open on these days.


Your event location.

Experience and enjoy:
We celebrate the festivals as they fall. 


In cooperation with regional companies, our events become unforgettable.

Cultunarian delicacies, prize promotions and, of course, an open live production await you.

We are currently looking for further cooperation partners - interested?
➔ You can find more information here. 

Your host.

Family business in the 5th generation

Tradition & the company

Those who take a big step forward on their path like to take a look back: the values by which past generations acted are still the ideal signposts towards the future today.

Going our own way, making the best shoes, supporting people on their way: this was true for us. 1886 just as it is today.

And the fact that with the „Spirit of Nature collection we still make our best shoes by hand in our shoe factory in Hauenstein is probably the most beautiful proof of this.

Teamwork & Family

„We have come a long way in the last decades. Now the next generation has to find its way. And I am looking forward to it.“

Carl-August Seibel,
Owner and Managing Director of JOSEF SEIBEL.

Carl-August Seibel

Franziska Seibel

Michael Fischer

Visit us.

Besucher- & Erlebniszentrum
JOSEF SEIBEL Schuhfabrik

Claudia Merdian 
+49 (0) 6392 - 9221 - 321
Write an email


Opening hours

March - October:
Mon-Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Sundays & Holidays: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

From November to February, and on ALL Saturdays and Sundays & Holidays, we offer a shortened tour.

Ticket price
Adults:: 5 €
Children/Seniors/ Pupils/Students: 3 €
Family ticket: 15 €
Guided tours
from 2 persons: 20 €

Free admission for people with disabilities (proof required)
Erlebnis- und Besucherzentrum

Waldenburgerstr. 1
76846 Hauenstein

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