Jena is a city in the German state of Thuringia (Thüringen).
Jena was founded quite late, compared to its near neighbour villages, in the early 2nd millennium. Part of the State of Thuringia from its foundation in 1920 on, it was incorporated into the German Democratic Republic in 1949 and its district of Gera in 1952. Since 1990, the city of Jena has been a part of the Free State of Thuringia which is itself part of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Jena has one of the biggest universities in Germany and its ratio of students to the total of inhabitants may belong to the greatest in Germany, as there are 20,000 students at the university which was founded in 1558 and named after Friedrich Schiller in 1934. Additionally, there are some 4,500 students at the university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule), making one out of four citizens of Jena a student.
Goethe and Schiller, probably the two greatest German writers, lived in Jena as well as for example the biologist Ernst Haeckel, the physicists Ernst Abbe and Erwin Schrödinger and the philosopher Karl Marx.
Jena is also famous of its Carl Zeiss optics and the Schott glass factories. Still important to Jena, the number of workers drastically declined after Jena became part of capitalistic Germany.
There are two small airports in Altenburg (east of Jena) and Erfurt (west of Jena). Coming from far away you will probably arrive in Frankfurt. In any case coming from the west you can either take the train to Weimar by the Intercity Express and then get to the regional train to Jena or you can go by car via the highway straight towards Jena.
Jena is located directly at the north-south connection between Munich and Berlin with a stop in the Paradies-Bahnhof (literally paradise station, as the park it is located in is called Paradies). On the other hand you can jump on the west-east connection between Frankfurt and Leipzig in Weimar which is some kilometres away.
Jena is not far from the Hermsdorfer Kreuz where the A9 (E49/E51) from Berlin to Munich and the A4 (E40) from Frankfurt to Dresden cross. Just take the way towards Erfurt/Frankfurt and you'll reach Jena within minutes.
You can reach all important destinations by walking. You can also use public transportation, (buses and street cars) but public transportation is not cheap in Jena. Look at the public transport company's homepage.
Holzmarkt (literally wood market) is a good point to start your tour through Jena. Go up to Löbdergraben and turn towards Engelplatz (Angels place, Post office). You'll see the Kulturhaus (House of culture). Right next to it there is a small street in which you can find Schiller's garden house with an exhibition in it. By the way, Kulturhaus has great theatre. Leaving again towards Engelplatz and going straight towards Johannisplatz on the left you'll find GoetheGalerie (Goethe Gallery). one of the greatest shopping malls in Jena. On the right is the Anatomy Tower. Some metres ahead there is Ernst-Abbe-Platz which is meant to be the Campus of the university for Mathematics, Law, Economy and some other departments (faculties) are located around the place. If you are on Johannisplatz, you'll see Johannisturm (John's Tower). Right next to it there is the Intershop Tower which is owned by a new economy company. At its bottom there is Neue Mitte (New middle), another great shopping mall. If you turn around you see Wagnergasse (Wagner lane). Wagnergasse is the best location to have a rest in a restaurant. "Stilbruch" (Style breakthrough) is known to be among the best restaurants in Jena. You can now go some metres up to Fürstengraben. If you go along Fürstengraben, after some metres you will see the Botanic Garden. It is absolutely worth going there. After passing the Thuringian University and State Library (on the left) you will see University Main Building (Universitätshauptgebäude) on the right. Turn right to the Schlossgasse (Castle lane) and left towards Oberlauengasse (Oberlauen lane). Go some metres through Oberlauengasse and then turn right towards Markt (Market). On the great square you can see the old city hall. Eating here is not the worst idea. Take now the way towards Kollegiengasse (Colleges lane). Here you can find where the university was actually founded. On the right there is Eichplatz (Surreptitious place). Now turn left towards Holzmarkt and you're at the place where you started.
Enjoy nightlife at Wagnergasse and/or Rosenkeller (Rose Keller, Johannisstraße) and/or Kassablanca (near Westbahnhof) and/or in front of the JenTower (Intershop Tower) at UmaCarlson. Every year during the summer the Kulturarena (Culture Arena) is a very popular cultural event with dozens of good international artists and entertainers.
Jena is surrounded by hills. Hence there are a lot of very nice opportunities to get a beautiful panorama view of the town. You can go to the Landgrafen, the Fuchsturm (Fox Tower) or to the Wilhelmshöhe. In addition for 3€ you can go to the top of the JenTower.
Close to the center of Jena is very nice park located called Paradies (Paradise). Especially in the summer a lot of students use this park for barbecue and hanging out with their friends.
Take a look at GoetheGalerie or Neue Mitte. Here you can find almost anything you need.
Thuringian specialties are: Thüringer Rostbratwurst (Thuringian roaster sausage), Rostbrätel (roasted meat). You'll find more on the menu in Noll (Oberlauengasse), Stilbruch (Wagnergasse) and most other restaurants. As Jena is a student town and a town in the east of Germany prices are slightly lower than in West Germany.
You should taste black (dark) beer. In all restaurants you will either get Köstritzer or Schwarze Rose (Black Rose). Both are good.
You will find many Pils sorts as well. In addition you should try in Jena brewed beer from the Papiermühle (Paper mill).
There is a youth hostel (Jugendgästehaus) at Am Herrenberge 3, Tel.: +49 3641 687230, Fax: +49 3641 687202, E-Mail: JGH-Jena@internationaler-bund.de.
Mid-range and splurge
There are lots of good hotels with reasonable prices. You will probably find something in the old town.
Although Germany's east is considered to be a bit more dangerous for people "looking foreign" this is not problem in Jena in general due to the high number of foreigners, especially foreign students, in Jena. Jena is amongst the towns with the highest ratio of foreigners in eastern Germany. So just take those measures you would normally take in the town you come from. Though, when using the tram in the night, the risk of encountering people you didn't want to encounter rises.
You have lots of possibilities to leave and see other towns like Weimar and Erfurt. Some more time away there are Dresden or Leipzig. People who like hiking or biking will enjoy travelling through Thuringia.
Rosenkeller : http://rosenkeller.org/
Kassablanca : http://www.kassablanca.de/
UmaCarlson : http://www.umacarlson.de/
Kulturarena : http://www.kulturarena.de/
Landgrafen : http://www.landgrafen.com/
Fuchsturm : http://www.fuchsturm.de/
Wilhelmshöhe : http://www.wilhelmshoehe-jena.de/
JenTower : http://www.jentower.de/
Papiermühle : http://www.jenaer-bier.de/
(출처 : http://wikitravel.org/en/Jena)
SCHILLER's GARDEN HOUSE of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
(출처 : http://www.uni-jena.de/Garden_House-lang-en.html)
- 01. April through 31. October: Tuesday through Sunday 11am -5pm
- 01. November through 31. March: Tuesday through Saturday 11am -5pm
- closed on public holidays
Entrance Fee: : 2,50 Euro (reduced rate 1,30 Euro)
Guided Tours: up to 20 people (about 30 min) lump sum: 15,00 Euro
Events: 6,00 € (reduced rate: 3,00 €)
Telefon: (03641) 931188
Fax: (03641) 931187
Friedrich Schiller, who lived in Jena since 1789, bought the garden house, located behind the city walls, in March of 1797 for 1050 thaler. Together with his wife Charlotte, their two little sons, and three servants they spent the summer months of 1797 through 1799 at this site. During this time Schiller wrote many of his ballads, major parts of the "Wallenstein" drama, as well as the beginning of "Maria Stuart". After his move to Weimar Schiller again tarried a few weeks, in April of 1801, in his Jena garden house, where he wrote Parts of "Joan of Arc".
The ground floor of the house displays a exhibition on Schiller's years in Jena and his life in the house. The first floor houses Charlotte's salon and her bedroom. On the second floor the visitor can explore Schiller's office, his bedroom, and the little room of his servant Gottlieb Rudolf.
1798 Schiller had a little tower built in the southwest corner of the garden. Goethe called it "Schiller's garden pinnacle", cause it stood like a pinnacle on the garden wall. The lower part contained a bathroom, upstairs was a little office where the poet had the quietness for his work and a grand view of the Jena countryside.
The kitchen had to be moved to the northwest corner of the garden since Schiller didn't like to smell kitchen odors throughout the house. In the garden grew a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs,and flowers.
According to a historic plan, which Schiller once received from a student of Mathematics, the plot has been reconstructed in the second half of the 20th century.
In his garden Schiller hosted many a celebrity: the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the publisher Johann Friedrich Cotta, the philosophers Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich Immanuel Niethammer, the romanticists Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Caroline von Humboldt, Friedrich Hölderlin's concubine Susette Gontard, and the sister of Bettina Brentano, Sophie.
When Schiller moved to Weimar in December of 1799, he rented out his plot with the house. In 1802 he sold it to the lawyer Thibaut, since he then owned a grand mansion in Weimar, which now hosts the Schiller Museum.
There are parking lots in front of the Theater and west of Schiller's Garden.