Thuringia
Jena
Jena The Essential
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.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Jena
Optisches Museum
Optisches Museum
Here, 500 years of the history of optics
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Zeiss-Planetarium der Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung
Zeiss-Planetarium der Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung
The planetarium, built beside the
Stadtkirche St. Michaelis
Stadtkirche St. Michaelis
The old collegiate church of the
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Johannistor
Johannistor
This and the Pulverturm (on the other
0:30
Goethe Museum
Goethe Museum
Goethe said that Jena provided him with
0:30
Stadtmuseum Göhre
Stadtmuseum Göhre
An exhibition on the town's history
1:00