Schillers Gartenhaus

Thuringian Forest & the Saale Valley

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 now known as Schillers Gartenhaus. He wrote Wallenstein in the little wooden shack in the garden, while the oval stone table where he and Goethe liked to wax philosophical remains in place.

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Nearby Thuringian Forest & the Saale Valley attractions

1. Universität Jena – Collegium Jenense

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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…

2. Optisches Museum

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Carl Zeiss began building rudimentary microscopes in 1846 and, with Ernst Abbe’s help, developed the first scientific microscope in 1857. Together with…

3. JenTower

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Built in 1972, but deceptively modern in appearance, the 128m-tall cylindrical JenTower was intended to be a Zeiss research facility, but proved…

4. Rathaus

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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…

5. Stadtmuseum & Kunstsammlung Jena

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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)…

6. 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…

7. Botanischer Garten

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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…

8. Schott Glas Museum

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An interactive multimedia exhibition on the history, production and technology of glass, in the house where scientist and entrepreneur Otto Schott (1851…