Jena

Jena

Jena is the site of the crossing point of two major German cycle routes – the D11 Saale Cycle Trail and the D4 Thuringia Town Chain Cycle Trail. During your stay in Jena, you can explore the city by bike – the town is considered to be an insider tip for active tourists.

The cycle tour will allow you to experience the university town of Jena from a completely different side. With our city guides, participants will embark on a discovery tour along the Saale river, and can also explore many landmarks at the same time: the Zeiss Planetarium, the Erlkönig, Schiller Church, Tierbrunnen, Burgau Bridge and the Marketplace. A cycling tour through Jena thus becomes a real natural and cultural experience!

There are many opportunities to explore the diverse natural landscape of Jena. The town lies in a beautiful river valley, from which you can marvel at the impressive Triassic limestone hillsides from almost all angles.

The Napoleon Cycle Trail is ideal for cycling along the path of history, from Jena to Auerbach,

The Thuringian Mill Cycle Trail starts in Jena on the most beautiful section of the Thuringia Town Chain Cycle Trail. The 75 km round trip takes cyclists into three scenic mill valleys containing 25 mills, past the pottery town of Bürgel and the Romanesque Thalbürgel Monastery Church.

Adventure and variety await you on the new bike & boat day trip from Jena – a 35 km cycling tour along the Saale Cycle Trail and the beautiful landscape of the quiet forest tracks, followed by a 20 km canoe trip along the Saale back to Jena.

alte Burgauer Brücke
alte Burgauer Brücke
Napoleon Cycle Trail

This cycle trail takes you from the Thuringia Town Chain Cycle Trail across the Napoleonic battlefields: past the memorial stones through the “Windknollen” nature reserve to the Napoleonstein (Napoleon Stone). The detour through 200 years of history concludes in Auerstedt. From Bad Kösen, you can either take a regional train or the Saale Cycle Train back to Jena.

Length: 35 km

1806 Museum

The museum depicts the Battle of Jena and Auerstedt between Napoleon’s troops and the Prussian army on 14 October 1806. The Jena-Cospeda Audiowalk by Janet Cardiff is perfect for a fascinating, interactive walk.

Address

1806 Museum
Jenaer Str. 12
07751 Jena-Cospeda
Phone: +49 3641 / 820925
www: www.jena1806.de

Botanical garden

Jena’s botanical gardens were founded back in 1586 as a small medicinal herb garden, making them the second oldest of their kind in Germany. The mighty, ancient ginkgo tree was planted by order of Goethe.

Address

Botanical garden
Fürstengraben 26
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 949274 o. 949271
www: www.jenatourismus.de

Collegium Jenense

The buildings, annexes and facilities surrounding the courtyard document the fascinating development of Jena University since the first lecture was given in 1548.

Address

Collegium Jenense
Kollegiengasse
07745 Jena
www: www.kollegienhof.uni-jena.de

Ernst Abbe monument

Built between 1909 and 1911, this large memorial pavilion was designed by Henry van de Velde in honour of the physicist, industrialist and social reformer Ernst Abbe. It contains bronze reliefs by Constantin Meunier and a marble herm by Max Klinger featuring a bust of the founder of the Zeiss company.

Address

Ernst Abbe monument
Carl-Zeiß-Platz
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 498050
www: www.jenatourismus.de

Goethe Memorial

A small memorial in the former superintendent’s house in the botanical gardens recalls Goethe’s work as a natural scientist and minister of state.

Address

Goethe Memorial
Fürstengraben 26
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 931188

IMAGINATA

“Science that you can touch” in a multimedia, natural science exhibition with stations where you can discover and invent, in this former substation, constructed in 1926 by Bauhaus architect Bruno Röhr in the “New Objectivity” style.

Address

IMAGINATA
Löbstedter Str. 67
07749 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 889920
www: www.imaginata.de

Main university building and college courtyard

The main university building was constructed between 1905 and 1908 at the site of the old Jena City Castle by Munich architect Theodor Fischer. It houses a rich collection of artistic furnishings, including works by Ludwig von Hofmann, Ferdinand Hodler and Auguste Rodin.

Address

Main university building and college courtyard
Fürstengraben 1
07745 Jena

Market Place Ensemble

Behind the new glass exterior is one of Jena’s oldest buildings. Built in 1384, it is now the home of Jena tourist information, among others. In the centre of the market square is “Hanfried”, a statue of Johann Friedrich I, the founder of Jena University. Not far away is the Historical Town hall with a 500-year-old astronomical clock featuring “Schnapphans” or “snatching Hans”. This clock is one of the “seven wonders” of Jena, five of which can still be admired today. Their stories are told at the Municipal Museum.

Address

Market Place Ensemble
Markt 1
07745 Jena

Municipal Church of St. Michael

The late-Gothic hall church with its striking façade and west tower impressed even Martin Luther, who preached from the Gothic stone pulpit on several occasions. A memorial plate originally intended for Luther’s grave can be seen inside the church.

Address

Municipal Church of St. Michael
Kirchplatz 1
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 498050
www: www.stadtkirche-jena.de

Optical Museum

Visitors to the Optical Museum can discover how optical instruments, such as spectacles, telescopes, microscopes and cameras, have developed over five centuries. In the historical Zeiss workshop of 1866 you can see how Carl Zeiss made microscopes in the mid-nineteenth century.

Address

Optical Museum
Carl-Zeiss-Platz 12
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 443165
www: www.optischesmuseum.de

Panoramic viewing platform at the JenTower

At a height of 159 metres and featuring a mirror façade, the JenTower is Jena’s most distinctive landmark. From the viewing platform at a height of 128 metres, you can get phenomenal views of the town and Jena’s Triassic limestone cliffs.

Address

Panoramic viewing platform at the JenTower
Eichplatz 1
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 498050
www: www.jentower.de

Phyletic Museum

This museum of the history of evolution, founded by Ernst Haeckel contains a vivid presentation of the development of life.

Address

Phyletic Museum
Vor dem Neutor 1
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 949180
www: www.phyletisches-museum.uni-jena.de

Romanticist House

The former residence of the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte now contains an exhibition on Jena’s early Romanticism, which displays the background to the cultural and intellectual history of the awakening of a young generation of writers, literary critics and philosophers.

Address

Romanticist House
Unterm Markt 12a
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 498249
www: www.romantikerhaus.jena.de

Schiller’s Summer House

As well as the house where this professor from Jena lived, visitors can also see Schiller’s garden house and the kitchen house. The garden still has the oval stone table where Schiller and Goethe often sat and exchanged thoughts.

Address

Schiller’s Summer House
Schillergässchen 2
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 931188
www: www.uni-jena.de/Gartenhaus

Schott Glass Museum & Schott Villa

Otto Schott was one of the most influential chemists, engineers and entrepreneurs of his day. The Glass Technology Laboratory – which he founded in 1884 – is now the Schott Glass Museum, whose multimedia exhibition recounts the fascinating history of products and technology under the “Jena glass” name. His multi-faceted life is depicted at his former residence, the Schott Villa.

Address

Schott Glass Museum & Schott Villa
Otto-Schott-Str. 13
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 6815775, 6815754
www: www.schott.com/museum

Town wall fortifications with St. John’s Gate and Powder Tower

St. John’s Gate and the Powder Tower are the last remnants of the medieval town wall from the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries that still remain largely intact.

Address

Town wall fortifications with St. John’s Gate and Powder Tower
Am Pulverturm
07745 Jena

Zeiss Planetarium Jena

The oldest working planetarium in the world offers fantastic education and entertainment programmes for all the family. With the latest in full-dome laser projection, it produces amazingly realistic simulations of the night sky.

Address

Zeiss Planetarium Jena
07743 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 / 885488
www: www.planetarium-jena.de

Jena
Jena

Informationen

Jena Tourist-Information

Markt 16
07743 Jena
Germany

Phone +49 36 41 / 49 80 50
Fax +49 36 41 / 49 80 55

E-mail: tourist-info@jena.de
Web: www.jena.de

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