Things to see and do - Jena
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Jena Travel guide
Jena : Michelin's recommendations
Jena, lying northeast of the Thuringian Forest, began to develop after a university was founded there in 1588. Thereafter the city's reputation was enhanced by numerous scientists and intellectuals such as Goethe, Schiller, the philologist Wilhelm von Humboldt and his geographer brother Alexander. In the mid-19C, Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe developed the optical industry, starting with their new invention, the microscope. Today, Jena is a lively city with an eye to the future.
Tourist attractions Jena : Things to see and do
Am Planetarium 5 D - 07743 Jena
The planetarium, built beside the botanical garden by the Zeiss firm, takes spectators on a journey through outer space to explore star systems and the movement of the planets.
Carl-Zeiss Platz 12 D - 07743 Jena
Here, 500 years of the history of optics is traced through a major collection of optical instruments.
Markt 7 D - 07743 Jena
An exhibition on the town's history since its founding is displayed on all four floors of this fine building.
Erfurter Str. 102 D - 07743 Jena
This traditional hotel enjoys a peaceful location on the outskirts of Jena, and is just an 8-minute drive from Old Town. It has its very own brewery, distillery and a rustic-style restaurant. Braugasthof Papiermühle features classically decorated ro..
Alte Hauptstrasse (Parkplatz) D - 07745 Jena
Set in a charming garden, this hotel is peacefully located in south Jena. Only a 10-minute drive from the historic Old Town, it offers good bus and tram connections and easy access to nearby hiking trails. The individually decorated rooms at the fam..
Rudolstädter Straße 82 D - 07745 Jena
This 4-star hotel in Jena offers comfortable rooms, a wellness area and free Wi-Fi internet. It lies a 15-minute walk from Göschwitz train station and 5 km from the city centre. All rooms at the Best Western Hotel Jena come with a minibar, satellite..
Oberlauengasse 19 D - 07743 Jena
Leutragraben 1 D - 07743 Jena
Situated 128m above ground level, this modern restaurant with its floor-to-ceiling windows provides magnificent views over the town. The culinary focus is on flavoursome international cuisine.
Rudolstädter Str. 82 D - 07745 Winzerla
Landgrafenstieg 25 D - 07743 Jena
The restaurant close to the observation tower, also known as the Balcony of Jena, serves regional cuisine and offers a fantastic view over the city. Three individual rooms are available: country, Art Deco or honeymoon.
Lutherplatz 2 D - 07743 Jena
Rudolstädter Str. 76 D - 07745 Winzerla