10 Things to Do in Jena That You Shouldn't Miss
Jena (German pronunciation: [ˈjeːna] ( listen)) is a German university city and the second largest city in Thuringia. Together with the nearby cities of Erfurt and Weimar, it forms the central metropolitan area of Thuringia with approximately 500,000 inhabitants, while the city itself has a population of about 110,000. Jena is a centre of education and research; the Friedrich Schiller University was founded in 1558 and has 21,000 students today and the Ernst-Abbe-Fachhochschule Jena counts another 5,000 students. Furthermore, there are many institutes of the leading German research societies.
4.5 based on 177 reviews
Reviewed By IWNoordergraaf - Groningen, The NetherlandsGroningen, The Netherlands
Ugly object but the view from the top is nice
This tower seems to be a landmark of Jena, but many citizens (and me) would call it a monstrosity of communist distaste. For people who know Manhattan (and many other USA-cities) it would look famliar I suppose. Inside there are shops. Take the elevator a
4.5 based on 186 reviews
Reviewed By Kimberly W - Chapel Hill, North CarolinaChapel Hill, North Carolina
Odd program, we were not entertained!
I took my children to the 8pm program Space Symphony program. I knew it was to music, which is why we went, since we do not speak or understand German I figured it was 'safe' and would be entertaining. It was not a stars/planets show- it was some odd psyc
3. Botanischer Garten
4.5 based on 96 reviews
Reviewed By buttereyes - Red Wing, MinnesotaRed Wing, Minnesota
Beware of Open Pollination
If you’re wondering what the everblooming daylilies you and your buds can do for entertainment in Jena, just ask yourself, “WWGD” (What would Goethe Do)? Goethe would undoubtedly bolt over to the Botanical Garden to visit the tree he planted there so many
4. Deutsches Optisches Museum
4 based on 55 reviews
Reviewed By LondonTell - Pembrokeshire, United KingdomPembrokeshire, United Kingdom
Zeiss and all that
If you have a great interest in photograph, history, German contribution, pre and post war. This exhibition is for you, although it covers all of the work by the local Zeiss company that made Jena famous across all areas of optics.Audio guide is available
4.5 based on 37 reviews
Reviewed By Philipp K - Jena, GermanyJena, Germany
Worth the effort
To get to the Napoleonstein you either have to take a longer climb over a couple of hundred steps or you can drive up to the Restaurant Landgrafen and combine it with some nice meal. Another alternative is to drive to Cospeda and walk over to the Napoleon
6. Phyletisches Museum
4 based on 22 reviews
Founded by Ernst Haeckel, the Phyletisches Museum is a globally unique institution. It is not just a natural history museum, but has been, from the start, a place dedicated to illustrating the development of life. Its main areas of focus are phylogeny and the theory of evolution, and it also celebrates the meeting of art and nature. The façade of the Art nouveau building, itself a cultural monument, is adorned with two important terms which Haeckel coined in Jena: Ontogenie (ontogeny) and Phylogenie (phylogeny).
Reviewed By Rebecca D - Glasgow, United KingdomGlasgow, United Kingdom
A wonderful collection, I enjoyed wandering around very much. It's only €1.50 if you have a student card (I guess that's the general concession price). They ask for an additional €2 if you want to take photographs.Pro: It's open on a Sunday (almost everyt
7. Johannisfriedhof und Friedenskirche
5 based on 8 reviews
Reviewed By Hocico - Frankfurt, GermanyFrankfurt, Germany
Der Johannisfriedhof ist absolut sehenswert: selten hat man in Deutschland einen derart alten Friedhof, auf dem sogar noch einige schöne Grabsteine erhalten sind. Hier kann man bei einem Spaziergang wirklich sehr gut den Alltag vergessen und in die Betrac
8. Schillers Gartenhaus
4 based on 25 reviews
Reviewed By CintiKidCincinnati - cincinnaticincinnati
historic site with wonderful exhibits
One should not miss this fine house and exhibit when visiting Jena. The garden is amazing and the house is historic and informative as well.
9. Stadtmuseum Jena
4 based on 38 reviews
Reviewed By Susan R - LiverpoolLiverpool
The Stadtmuseum in Jena does not appear to promise much. Take a small town in former East Germany and what can be so interesting? Only, that in times gone by, it was an important town in the Hapsburg Empire. I arrived around 3p.m. and paid my 4 euros main
10. Stadtkirche Sankt Michael
4.5 based on 23 reviews
Reviewed By 279SharonB - Adelaide, AustraliaAdelaide, Australia
Acoustics to dream about...
Great organ music and choir. No idea what the church service was all about... of course it is all in Deutsch. But we got the general gist. The music was spectacular... rivalled our regular haunt in Vienna....