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.

1. Jen-Tower

Jen-Tower, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Jen-Tower

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

2. Zeiss-Planetarium

Am Planetarium 5, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Museums, Observatories & Planetariums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums More
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Zeiss-Planetarium

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

Fuerstengraben 26, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Botanischer Garten

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

Carl-Zeiss-Platz 12, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 55 reviews

Deutsches Optisches Museum

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

5. Napoleonstein

Schlechtfeld zwischen Jena und Auerstedt, Jena, Thuringia, Germany Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Napoleonstein

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

Vor dem Neutor 1, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Museums, Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 22 reviews

Phyletisches Museum

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

Fascinating

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

Am Johannisfriedhof, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Cemeteries, Historic Sites More
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5 based on 8 reviews

Johannisfriedhof und Friedenskirche

Reviewed By Hocico - Frankfurt, GermanyFrankfurt, Germany

Einfach großartig

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

Schillergaesschen 2, 07745 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Nature & Parks, Museums, Specialty Museums, Gardens More
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4 based on 25 reviews

Schillers Gartenhaus

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

Markt 7, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 38 reviews

Stadtmuseum Jena

Reviewed By Susan R - LiverpoolLiverpool

Really interesting

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

Kirchplatz 1, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Stadtkirche Sankt Michael

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....

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