Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Modern European in Jena

Landgrafen Jena

High in the hills, with stunning views over Jena, this smart multi-purpose restaurant serves genuinely interesting food such as potato-wasabi soup with 'river-crab tails.' There's a summer garden with bratwursts, be…
Top Choice Club in Jena

Rosenkeller

The network of historic wine cellars of this iconic club, resurrected by students in the 1960s, now echo to DJs, live acts, readings and other cultural events. it's kept vibrant by each new generation of Jena studen…
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…
Live Performance in Jena

Volksbad Jena

You can’t swim in the 'People's Baths' (an early-20th-century, heritage-listed public pool) any longer; instead you’ll be showered with theatre, recitals and other cultural events, from the mainstream to the offbeat…
Pub in Jena

Gaststätte Grünowski

Jena's students and bohos are naturally drawn to Grünowksi's uberchilled vibe and the soul-warming food that issues from its kitchen. Inside it's full of art, bentwood chairs and casual nooks and crannies to command…
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…
German in Jena

Fuchsturm Berggaststätte

Beneath the ancient Fuchsturm, the solitary tower that is all that remains intact of the levelled Schloss Kirchberg, you'll find this atmospheric dining hall that has been serving hearty traditional fare to go with …