Jena is worth a visit!
Jena is embedded in a picturesque landscape on the river Saale, surrounded by charming shell limestone slopes. The JenTower rises up above the middle of the city center, and its viewing platform offers the most beautiful view over Jena and its surroundings. Tourist highlights such as the Zeiss Planetarium, the Botanical Garden or the Schillerhaus are within walking distance. The multifaceted history of the city is best revealed to visitors on a guided tour. For hikers, a trip to the SaaleHorizontale, the attractive ridgeway hiking trail that leads around the city’s perimeter, is very worthwhile.
The oldest operating planetarium in the world shows fantastic educational and entertainment programs for the whole family thanks to the latest full-dome laser projection technology. More than 9,000 stars can be observed under the 25-meter planetarium dome.
The exhibition brings the history of optical instruments to life – from the historic Zeiss workshop from 1866 to the camera tested in outer space. The museum is currently being remodeled and conceptually updated. The reopening is planned for 2023.
Exhibition on the history of the city and the German national colors black, red and gold as well as the Seven Wonders of Jena. The temporary exhibitions on classical modern art and contemporary art have proven to be crowd pullers time and again.
The Botanical Garden, which was founded as early as 1586 as a small "medicinal garden", is the second oldest institution of its kind in Germany. A visit to the Palm and Victoria House with the famous Amazon water lily is worthwhile at any time of year.
A symbol of the culture around 1800, the “garden” house of the Jena professor can be visited along with the garden pinnacle and the kitchen house. The old stone table where Schiller and Goethe often sat during their outdoor conversations is still there.
In the former inspector's house of the Botanical Garden, a small memorial reminds us of Goethe's work as a natural scientist and State Minister. The memorial is currently closed and will reopen in 2020.
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Once the former residence of the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the building now houses an exhibition on Jena's early Romanticism, which illustrates the cultural and intellectual-historical background of the emergence of a young generation of poets, literary critics and philosophers.
At 159 m height with its mirrored facade, the JenTower dominates the cityscape like no other building. On a viewing platform at a height of 128 m, you can enjoy the magnificent view over the city and the Jena shell limestone cliffs.
JENTOWER WITH VIEWING PLATFORM
The late-Gothic hall church with its imposing ornamented facade and western tower already impressed Luther, who preached several times from the Gothic stone pulpit. The original tomb plate of the reformer can be seen inside the church.
ST. MICHAEL’S TOWN CHURCH
The Johannistor (St. John’s Gate) and the powder tower are the last, largely original buildings of the former medieval town wall from the late 13th or early 14th century.
CITY WALL ENSEMBLE WITH JOHANNISTOR AND POWDER TOWER
The monumental commemorative pavilion designed by Henry van de Velde and built in 1909/1911 in honor of the physicist, industrialist, and social reformer Ernst Abbe houses bronze reliefs by Constantin Meunier and a marble herm with a portrait bust by Max Klinger of the former founder of the Zeiss works.
The Jena Theater House is well known for its eagerness to experiment and its young ensemble. Whether a world premiere, an adaptation of classics or performance theatre - here every theater lover finds something to suit his or her taste.
Contemporary art is shown: The program includes world premieres as well as modern adaptations of classics or performance theatre. Theater work with and for young people occupies just as much of the program, as does introducing children to theater.
One of the highlights is the annual summer festival on the square in front of the theater to mark the opening of Jena's Kulturarena festival.
Jena’s Paradies (Paradise) is considered to be the green oasis in the middle of the city center, whose diversity offers something for everyone.
Jena Paradies Park, which has been classified as a cultural monument since 2002, consists of three generously laid out and adjoining green areas: Rasenmühleninsel, Paradies and Oberaue, and lives up to its name. In every conceivable weather, large and small groups of people meet here to spend their leisure time together.
Whether for concerts in the glass house or open-air, games, sports or cozy barbecues: Jenaers, Jenensers and guests romp about in the park located directly on the banks of the Saale river. They all enjoy the luxury of being surrounded by nature’s diversity in the middle of the city center.