Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Jena

Dornburger Schlösser

About 15km north of Jena, you'll find this hillside trilogy of magnificently restored palaces in medieval, Renaissance and rococo styles, with stunning views and immaculate gardens. The Altes Schloss, the oldest, bl…
Planetarium in Jena

Zeiss Planetarium

The world’s oldest public planetarium (1926) has a state-of-the-art dome projection system, making it a heavenly setting for cosmic laser shows paying tribute to music legends such as Pink Floyd and Queen, or sendin…
Museum in Jena

Optisches Museum

Carl Zeiss began building rudimentary microscopes in 1846 and, with Ernst Abbe’s help, developed the first scientific microscope in 1857. Together with Otto Schott, the founder of Jenaer Glaswerke (glass works), the…
Museum in Jena

Stadtmuseum & Kunstsammlung Jena

This handsome fachwerk townhouse at the northern end of the market square dates in part to the 13th century. It now houses the Stadtmuseum (city museum) where you can learn how Jena evolved into a centre of philosop…
Historic Building in Jena

Schillers Gartenhaus

Goethe is credited with recruiting Schiller to Jena University in 1789. The poet, playwright and philosopher enjoyed Jena so much that he stayed for 10 years, longer than anywhere else, spending summers in what is n…
Gardens in Jena

Botanischer Garten

Goethe himself planted the ginkgo tree in these wonderful botanic gardens, which have grown since their inception in 1794 to a collection of more than 12,000 plants from every climatic zone on earth. Naturally, some…
Historic Building in Jena

Rathaus

One of the oldest maintained town halls in Germany, Jena’s Rathaus (1377) is graced with an astronomical clock in its baroque tower. Every hour, on the hour, a little door opens and a devil/fool called Schnapphans (…
Church in Jena

Stadtkirche St Michael

This late-Gothic church, one of the largest in Thuringia, is famous for having Martin Luther’s original bronze gravestone, modelled on a portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder (there’s another in the Schlosskirche of W…
Tower in Jena

JenTower

Built in 1972, but deceptively modern in appearance, the 128m-tall cylindrical JenTower was intended to be a Zeiss research facility, but proved unsuitable. There's a shopping mall at ground level and two open-air o…
University in Jena

Universität Jena – Collegium Jenense

Jena’s university faculties are spread throughout town, but this was where the university was founded as Collegium Jenense in 1548, in a former Dominican monastery. Enter the courtyard to admire the coat of arms of …