A reality-check about what was going on before the wall
all shops are closed after6 o'clock
But in any case worth a visit!
The Marketplace is probably the nicest place to stand in all of Jena. From here you can see the Jen-Tower and Stadtkirche peeking 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...more
Towering a massive 120 meters above the small town of Jena, the Jen-Tower is one of the tallest buildings in all of Germany. Compared to the town, a mere 100,000 in population, its dimensions are outstanding. It would be interesting to know if there was a town of similarly small proportions with such a gigantic building overshadowing it anywhere in...more
Little Jena town may seem a little sleepy but at night, especially in summertime, the locals get restless and the little cobblestreets are alive with street performers, the famous Kulturarea, and the many bars and restaurants along Wagnergasse.The famous danceclub is called the Rosenkeller which is set in an original dungeon cellar dated back to...more
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)....more
Siedlung Goeschwitz 35, Jena, Thuringia, 07745, Germany
Good for: Couples
Lutherplatz 2, Jena 07743
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Lutherplatz 2, Jena, Thuringia, 07743, Germany
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
On Markt, and warm enough to sit outside but very pleasant inside also. A lunchtime visit for us, rosti for me and spinach with fried eggs for vegetarian Mrs B. All nicely cooked and washed down by a couple of local Rosen pils all with friendly service, enjoyed our visit here.I guess the restaurant is named after the founder of Jena whose statue...more
As the name suggests, a Balkan restaurant, this always interests me! many typical German dishes too. Right, they also do accomodation and we were stopping here so we ate in both evenings, this is very unusual for us - we enjoyed our first meal so much a second visit was needed too.Good vegetarian options for Mrs Bonio, from the grill for me...more
Great dishes, really nice expirience during the summer, when you can sit on the tables which are outside and have a coffee or drink.Once we were sitting outside drinking absinth and there were a group of older mexican guys ... suddenly out of the nothing they brough guitars, drums and other stuff and they played and singed all the evening about the...more
In the middle of Jena right in the Wagnergasse, where many of pubs and restaurants are situated, you find the “Gatto Bello”. In the summertime you can sit outside on the terrace and watch the people go by. But also in the inside it’s very nice and offers a lot of space. Service is very kind, guests in every age and the prices are very moderate. I...more
I do not remember the name of the street but ít was close to the Jena Tower. Here I found numerous pubs and bars crowded with students.
Jena has two train stations, and is conveniently close to two ICE routes. One passes right through the town en route from Munich in the south to Hamburg in the north (via Berlin), the other passes through nearby Weimar from Frankfurt in the west to Dresden in the east. This makes it incredibly easy to get to Jena from practically anywhere in...more
I had a problem when I was in Jena. I sent quite a lot of mail, but none of it ever arrived. I was sending my letters from small shops that sold stamps and had postboxes (but not official German post). I would pay for my stamps and leave. The guy behind the counter would take my money, put it in his pocket and throw my letters away. I even told the police about this scam, but they didn't do much.
The lesson learned? Always have them put on the stamp in front of you - or better yet, do it yourself. This tactic has served me well all over the world, from Cambodia to Bolivia.
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 20°C ( 49 - 68°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 49°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 24°C ( 72 - 75°F ); min: 12 - 14°C ( 53 - 58°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: -1 - 2°C ( 30 - 36°F )
Jena has good transport connections all over the state of Thuringia, but also beyond to Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. It's just an hour from Leipzig on the ICE, a couple of hours from the GDR museum piece of Chemnitz, and has regional trains to whisk you to little gems like Weimar and Naumburg. Like many towns in this region it makes for a very...more
Jena's botanical garden is the oldest of its kind in Germany, and one of the most famous, due to its connection to Goethe, who spent a lot of time here in the late 1700's. In fact, two of the garden's prime attractions are a Goethe memorial and an old Ginkgo tree that Goethe reportedly imported himself. Other highlights are the cactus house and the...more
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.