My city Jena

Jena is the second biggest city of the State Thuringia in the center of Germany. The population is a bit more than 100,000. The buildings are spread in the valley of the Saale river and green hills with its nature are very close.

Overview

A short history: Jena is older than 1000 years. In the Second World War the City and its buildings were suffering and also the university stopped working. Jena is in east Germany so it belonged later to the German Democratic Republic.

Jena's Universities and Students Life: The university "Friedrich Schiller University Jena" is founded in the end of middle age and it is one of the most important universities of Germany. Together with the technical college "Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena" there are about 25,000 students, which makes the city young, active, and full of possibilities. Many famous scientists, philosophers, and classical writers lived and worked in Jena; from which Goethe, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Ernst Abbe can be mentioned.

Important and Fun Facts to know about Jena

  • If you register in Jena as your main residence, you will get 120€ by the city

  • Jena has the oldest planetarium of the world

  • the colors of the German flag have its origin in Jena because of the Jena Students' League (Jenaer Burschenschaft)

  • Jena itself has a list of seven wonders:

    1. the mountain Jenzig,

    2. the bridge old Camsdorfer Brücke,

    3. the tower Fuchsturm,

    4. the former house Weigelsches Haus which had a lift,

    5. the dragon, a fantasy creature which has been created here by students,

    6. The head (caput) of the figure Schnapphans, which is attached to the clock of the town hall

    7. The altar (ara) of the main church St. Michael

  • Jena is the first city in Germany which made using the mask mandatory during the Corona crisis

  • Marlene Schmidt, who is the beauty queen and won Miss Universe 1961, studied in Jena.

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Jena's Nature

The geographical location makes Jena’s surrounding very special and exciting. The river formed the valley with its hills of limestone, where it is beautiful to hike. In general the area around Jena is great for outdoor sports also like cycling and boating. Here we focus on the hiking possibilities to give you a rough overview.

Besides the big variety of nature there are also cultural points of interest like some towers and memorials. Besides that, the tiny lovely mountains are often very steep and close to the city that you have many amazing viewing points. We prepared some more detailed information about these important points and you can find the suggested hiking trails by checking these categories at the top.