Jena Travel Guide

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    Jen-Tower, Jena
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Jena Things to Do

  • Markt

    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...

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  • Jen-Tower

    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...

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  • Optical museum

    Showing the history of optical manufactue and the works of Carl Zeiss thhe founder of the factory. The reason we chose to visit Jena, I've always been interested. Many exhibits kept me occupied for a couple of hours and is very well worth the small admission fee.

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  • Jena Tower

    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.

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  • Jen tower

    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.

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  • Jena nightlife

    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...

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  • Hanfried

    On the Market Square there is the Statue of the Electoral Prince Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous. He was the founder of the University in Jena (1558). In the week there is a market on the squere around the Hanfried. You can buy there vegetables, fruits and clothers.

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall was built in 1368 year. Great is here the Astronomical Clock, wich is the one of "Seven Wonders" of Jena. You can find it in the old town, on the Market Square.On the pics there is the town hall from the side of the Market Square and from the other side.

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  • 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)....

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Jena Hotels

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  • Pension Haus vor dem Orchideental

    Siedlung Goeschwitz 35, Jena, Thuringia, 07745, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Best Western Hotel Jena

    Rudolstaedter Strasse 82, Jena, Thuringia, D-07745, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Schwarzer Baer

    Lutherplatz 2, Jena, Thuringia, 07743, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Jena Restaurants

  • Nice cafe

    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...

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  • Balkan food

    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...

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  • Don`t miss the Maccaroni!

    This is a restaurant wich like especially students, but not only. You can eat there spaghetti or pizza. The choice is good. In the summer they have the restaurant garden.

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  • ultimate cafe` & bar

    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...

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  • Try the "Sommersalat"!

    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...

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  • Kartoffelhaus N°1

    Restaurant's name can be translated as “house of potatoes”. As the name tells here you get everything with potatoes. Together with an excellent service, moderate prices and comfortable atmosphere this restaurant is unique.

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Jena Nightlife

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    by Leipzig Written Dec 23, 2002

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    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.

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Jena Transportation

  • Railway

    We found two main rail stations, Paradies and West, each one is on a different line. Both are easy to reach using the local trams (Paradies) and buses (West)

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  • Trams and buses

    Good local transport and a day ticket allowed us to explore the city and keep dry on a rainy afternoon.

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  • Train

    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...

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Jena Warnings and Dangers

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    by lenoreva Updated Apr 8, 2003

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    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.

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Jena What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Sep 6, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: 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 )

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Jena Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking in the woods

    Visiting Jena it is a must to hike in the woods. It is situated in the Saale-Valley surrounded by the 400 m (1,300 ft) high Kalk-mounts. Here you find numerous hidden sights and have a wonderful view on the town of Jena.More pix and info on my travelogue.

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  • Thuringia

    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...

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  • Botanical Garden

    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...

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Jena Sports & Outdoors

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    by bonio Updated Aug 15, 2008

    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.

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