Welcome to Jena
Jena is not only famous for its high-tech industry, internationally renowned research institutions and a modern university, but also for its beautiful natural setting in the Saale valley with its steep limestone slopes. The climate is mild, and a large variety of plants grow in the close surroundings, including wine grapes and wild orchids. The Saale valley and the nearby Thuringian Forest are perfect for walking, biking and winter sports. With Jena’s central location, it is also easy to travel to cities like Weimar, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Munich, but also within Europe, to Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam or Prague.
Jena’s university was founded in 1548 and is today named after Friedrich Schiller, who taught as a professor here, along with Goethe, Fichte and Hegel. Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss and Otto Schott made Jena famous as a center for precision machinery, optics and glass making. Jena has been German ‘city of science’ in 2008.
We give you here a collection of links and recommendations about general life in Jena, its cultural scene and recreation.
Where to go, what to do...
12 000 plants in greenhouses and outdoors
Art and nature in an Art nouveau building
City of Jena art collection
Experiment with your senses
Second-best night sky after nature
Frequently in original language, associated pub and beer garden
Summer open-air festival with concerts, movies, theatre and kids activities
The largest Folk-Roots-Worldmusic festival in Germany
Music club with life concerts, theatre, workshops and more
A students club with live music and readings
Theatrical performances in Jena
Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
Theatrical performances in Weimar (20 min from Jena)
Art festival at different places in the region
The place to go for classical music
Thuringian University and State Library
Central university library of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
University Sport Club (USV Jena)
University sports - more than 30 sections
100 km hike around Jena
The ultimate challenge