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Jena Overview

Jena, originally founded by winegrowers, dates back to 1236. Since the foundation of the university in 1558, the city has acquired European prominence.

This delightful city, which enjoys lush green rural surroundings, has long been been a popular destination. It is brought to life by a fascinating mix of a historic, intellectual past, innovative and international research and industry, as well as a thriving and youthful student life. This rich variety creates a unique backdrop which gives this small, lively city its special charm.

The centre of the city has been very lovingly restored and boasts many very beautiful and charming buildings, a busy and colourful daily market; not to mention, lots of bars, pavement cafés and restaurants, which are especially popular with younger people in the evening at the week-ends.

Jena is home to the world´s oldest planetarium, now equipped with state-of-the-art projection technology. It has the largest collection of eyeglasses in Europe as well as the famous Zeiss microscope, which was developed in the city and enjoys an excellent reputation throughout the world. Today, you can learn about the pioneering history of origins of the Zeiss microscope in the Optical Museum. In the Schott Villa, Otto Schott´s multi-faceted lifework is on display.

Classical museums are: The Romanticists´ House, the Goethe Memorial and the Museum 1806. The Imaginata presents an interactive exhibition for all senses; numerous architectural monuments and cultural-historical sights bear witness to Jena´s glourious and eventful past. Names like Goethe, Schiller, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel are linked with Jena´s brilliant intellectual history.

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