About Jena


Jena provides a unique combination of a beautiful setting, strong cultural and philosophical traditions, high-tech industry, world-renowned research institutions, and, a modern, state-of-the-art university. Situated in Thuringia, the “Green Heart of Germany”, Jena is famous for its beautiful surroundings and natural setting. Limestone slopes on both banks of the river Saale provide for a mild climate. There are vineyards planted on the 250 meter hills around the town, and a large variety of wild orchids can be spotted in the surrounding areas.

Jena has blossomed into an internationally significant center for learning and research. It is one of Germany’s leading locations for research in biological sciences due to the presence of –

  • The Friedrich Schiller University
  • The Ernst-Abbe University of Applied Sciences
  • Three Max-Planck Institutes (for Chemical Ecology, Biogeochemistry and Human History)
  • The Hans-Knöll Institute (Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology)
  • The Fritz-Lippman Institute (the Leibniz Institute for Age Research)

Together with a rich cultural scene, Jena has a youthful flair and vibrancy. The city displays a  combination of old and new, with the glass-facade of the 120 meter high, “Jentower” in the heart of the city standing next to the medieval tower of the city wall and the old church tower of the St. Michael church.

Although an atmosphere of change and innovation currently dominates, the city also proudly recalls the grand tradition of Goethe, Schiller, Hegel and Fichte, all of whom left their mark on its intellectual life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe frequently visited Jena from nearby Weimar, the city of classicism. Friedrich Schiller, after whom Jena’s ancient university was renamed, lived in Jena with his family. The optical industry, represented by Ernst Abbe and Carl Zeiss, was mainly invented in Jena, where now high-quality microscopes and other precision optics are manufactured. The glass industry was led by famous Otto Schott and lastly the planetarium in Jena is one of the oldest in the world.

Jena promises a mixture of experiences and we would be glad to host you here in this beautiful city.