FC Carl Zeiss Jena
Local side, Carl Zeiss Jena, had a home game while we were in town. Season 2007/8 they were in 2 Bundesliga, and relegated to the new 3 Bundesliga at the end of it. Just watching one game I suspect scoring goals was the problem, several decent chances were created but only one scored.
The game against VfL Osnabrück finished 1-1 on a very wet evening. Enjoyed my visit, a pretty much unspoilt stadium, it's great to be able to stand behind the goal, have a beer and get soaked, and at just 9 euro to get in it's what watching footie is all about.
The Marketplace is probably the nicest place to stand in all of Jena. From here you can see the Jen-Tower and Stadtkirche peaking out from behind the oddly colourful buildings of the square, and also take in some of the few remains of Jena's architectural history, including the Baroque town hall itself. Leading off from the Markt, towards the Stadtkirche, are some authetic old winding medieval passageways.
the city fortification with Pulverturm
This is the medieval city walls with Powder Tower from 13th/14th century, wich still are a great examle of the historical fortifications of Jena. The medieval city wall is 12 m high and 2 km long, with battlement, moat, gateways and flank towers. On the pic you can see the prominent Johannisgate ( Johannistor) and the Powder Tower (Pulverturm).
From the tower you can admire the picturesque view of Jena.
I'd wanted to come to Jena since I saw it on the train to Berlin last year. It looked so idyllic from the train, located within the dense trees of the sandstone and chalk hills that surround it. The (west) Germans I was with, however, scoffed at the name of the ICE station we stopped at, "Jena Paradies". In German this means "Jena Paradise", which they thought did not befit this former East German town. As is typical of many place names in my home country of England, the nicer the town politicians desperately try to name a place, the worse it is often considered. For Jena the Paradies area is reknowned for its criminality, and was the name of a German film set here that portrayed the grim realities of life for ordinary people in East Germany.
Jena isn't a paradise, but it isn't anywhere near as bad as some people might make out. It's location is stunning, and it has a distinctive skyline and some curious buildings to make for some great views. It also has some great history, especially in the form of its prestigious university. This seat of learning, now home to the improbably tall and iconic Jen-Tower, has had famous lecturers on site including Schiller, Hegel and Schelling. Karl-Marx was also awarded a doctorate here in 1841. Perhaps its most famous modern academic connection is that of Carz Zeiss, who founded the Zeiss Works in Jena and was responsible for revolutionising optics and producing some of the best lenses in the world.
Carl-Zeiss Jena is also the name of the town's incredible football team. As a child in the early 1980s I followed the unlikely progress of this small East German town of 100,000 people as its team made its way through the rounds of the Cup Winner's Cup all the way to the final itself. On the way they beat illustrious teams like Roma, Valencia and Lisbon's Benfica, only to be beaten by the one goal in a tight final against the former giants of the Soviet league, Dynamo Tblisi. Jena is about the same size as the town of Coburg that I live in now, which makes this achievement all the more sensational. Once one of the best teams in East Germany, winning cups and championships, they now languish in one of Germany's regional leagues.
The shame for Jena was that it must have once been a much prettier town, but war time bombs and subsequent GDR status robbed it of this. The post-war rebuilding isn't all that pretty, and it looks a littly grubby in parts. The trees that can be seen from the station cover a network of overground graffiti daubed pipes, and most of what was once worth seeing in the town no longer exists. That said, it is pleasant enough to wander around, and has a number of views that are exceptionally photogenic. If you are staying in the region and taking a look around the little gems this area has to offer, an hour or two spent in Jena won't be wasted.
Jena ... Plinskin :-)))
Moving to the east from Erfurt you fall into Jena; Jena is a city full of contrasts between the typical German villages u can enjoy in the former western part and the also typical architectural style from the former USSR.
In this picture an example: a "squared" building just besides the main square ... it seems a little bit out of context ... even if all these colors are not so bad at the end of the day.