Saved from destruction in 1969 by the building of the Jen-Tower, the Collegium Jenense now remains as a small collection of old buildings underneath the giant construction that just reek of stuffy academia. It's hard to see, but you can access the interior of at least one of the yards of the complex from just underneath the tower. Inside I found an island of peace and tranquility just perfect for studying. Not quite the grounds of Oxford University, but pleasant enough.
Standing over the Markt is possible Jena's prettiest Church, the Stadtkirche St. Michael. It was originally constructed back in the 13th century, and the narrow streets below it feel distinctly medieval. It is now home to, and pride of place of, the original bronze tombstone of Martin Luther.
At the market square you find the statue of the founder of university, Johann Friedrich I., also called 'Hanfried'. This statue was erected by Johann Friedrich Drake to the 300-year-celebration of university in 1858.
The town hall was first mentioned in 1365. About 1377 the ground floor became redesigned with bread and meat stalls; the upper floor was rebuilt to a civic hall, council - chamber and chapel.
The town hall was completely restored between 1995 - 1998.
In the early 1300s the fortification including was started to build. 1865 four towers were build on the preserved medieval basement, made of red bricks. During reconstruction in 1995 the tower collapsed. In 1999-2000 the Red Tower was rebuilt in its original form.
Philosoph Johann Gottlib Fichte´s former tenement nowadays is a memorium of german early-romaniticism and concludes the art collection of Jena, that shows artists of the 20th century and is enriched by changing exhibitions and literary and musical events.
It's the highest building in this region. It was used as a building of research, built between 1967 and 1972 for VEB Carl Zeiss Jena.
Built in DDR times and still there! Just 3 euros buys you a ride to the observation deck for great views of the surrounding hills and the city. There's also the Scala restaurant up there.
The St. Johanniskirche can you find in the city cener. The church is surrunded of the old cementary. There is too the tomb of Carl Zeiss.
well ... it's nothing so special, but after going around on streets with these 2 floor houses everywhere it's nice to see something like the Jena Tower :)
Get your backpack (the smaller one) and go to the hills :)
After excausting trip to the top - there's a surprise cheap beer for everybody :)
... and a great view of the town below your feet.
In the Altstadt (town centre) you see these very colorful residential buildings. I like these buildings but many people from Jena don't.
World's oldest planetarium was built under commision of the Carl Zeiss between 1924-1926. The planetarium dome have a diameter of 25 meters (82 ft).
St. Michael Church
this church was errected between 1380-1442 in Gothic style. Martin Luther preached here 1524 and 1529.
The main square ... put this pic besides the opening one and you can understand what I mean with 'contrast'.