The City of Jena

View to the JenTower in the city of Jena
Market place in the center of Jena
'Jena Mitte' shopping center
The 'Wagnergasse' - a student café alley in Jena
'Jena Paradies', a park for recreation, sports, and BBQ in the heart of the city

Jena - the German "City of Sciences 2008" 

Jena provides a unique combination of a beautiful setting, strong cultural and philosophical traditions, high-tech industry, world-renowned non-university research institutions, and, above all, a modern, state-of-the-art university. With about 100,000 inhabitants, Jena is comparatively small, yet it is the largest town in the central Saale valley. Situated in Thuringia, the "Green Heart of Germany", Jena is famous for its beautiful surroundings and natural setting. Limestone slopes on both banks of the river Saale are responsible for a mild climate. There are even vineyards planted on the hills around the town, and a large variety of wild orchids  grow in the surrounding area. 

The Thuringian Forest provides ample opportunity for walking and hiking in warmer weather, as well as a variety of winter sports. Jena has blossomed into an internationally significant center of learning and research, and is one of Germany's leading locations for microbiology and natural product chemistry. In addition to  Friedrich Schiller University, two Leibniz Institutes, three Max Planck Institutes and a Fraunhofer Institute are based here. Jena is a true "university town", in which every fifth inhabitant is a student, with both historical and modern  university buildings located throughout the town.

Together with a rich cultural scene, this mixture gives the city a youthful flair and vibrancy. Although an atmosphere of change and innovation currently dominates, the city also proudly recalls the grand tradition of Goethe, Schiller, Hegel and Fichte, all of whom left their mark on its intellectual life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe frequently visited Jena from nearby Weimar. Friedrich Schiller, after whom Jena's ancient university was renamed, lived in Jena with his family. Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss and Otto Schott laid the foundations for economic prosperity based on the design and manufacture of high-quality microscopes and other precision optics. The planetarium in Jena is one of the oldest in the world. Due to Jena's central location, travel by train to many large European cities, such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Frankfurt, Paris, and Prague, is very convenient. Airports in Leipzig and Erfurt can be reached by train within an hour. The airports of Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich are three to four hours away by train.

Official homepage of the city of Jena

Jena at Wikipedia

Recreational / Cultural Events in Jena