Living in Jena

Jena – City of light

Jena is an old town – likely first mentioned in 830/850 – and Jena is a young town – ca. 1/5 of its about 100.000 inhabitants are students.

You like hiking and cycling?

Enjoy the beautiful landscape with hills and the river Saale.

You are interested in history?

Martin Luther was here, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Napoleon, Friedrich Nietzsche, …

You love music?

What about the Jena Philharmonic? And Weimar, Gera, Rudolstadt, Erfurt with operas and concert halls are not far away – go there by train and come back the same night.

You are a fan of traditions?

The Jena University was founded in 1548.

You prefer local things?

Taste Thuringian dumplings, “Rostbratwurst”, Jena wine and beer.

You go in for modern art and architecture?

Discover 1920’s buildings and exceptional exhibitions.

You don’t want to waste your time with long distances between home and work?

Jena is a town of short ways.

You don’t like to spend the evening alone?

Meet people in Jena Night life.

You like sports?

Cheer the Jena soccer teams or go jogging in the big Jena Park “Paradise”.

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Thuringia

Thuringia is called the “Green heart of Germany”: There are a lot of woods in Thuringia. Especially the Thuringian Forest provides ample opportunity for walking and hiking in warmer weather, as well as a variety of winter sports.

Niederdorla in Northwest Thuringia claims to be the most central municipality in Germany. Niederorla provides also in interesting archaeological site: a prehistoric and protohistoric sacrificial bog (German: Opfermoor) .

Apropos pre- and protohistory: The federal state has got its name from the Thuringii or Toringi, a Germanic tribe. But you also find Celtic and Slavonic tracks in Thuringia: the Celtic oppidum Steinsburg, Slavonic toponyms (like Cospeda, Ilmnitz, Zwätzenvillages which are today parts of Jena) and archaeological excavations like Espenfeld .

Today Thuringia is a modern federal state with more than 40 important research institutions and world known companies.

The list of famous people who were born, lived and worked in Thuringia is long:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach is a Thuringian, Franz Liszt spent here his last years.
  • There are the Bauhaus masters like Henry van de Velde and Walter Gropius.
  • You find works by Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Younger in a lot of churches and museums.
  • In Thuringia Martin Luther went to school and studied, became a monk and translated the New Testament.
  • The European Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (or Thuringia) lived on the castle Wartburg, even the place where later Luther translated the New Testament and where the Minnesänger met – Wolfram from Eschenbach and others inspiring Richard Wagner to his opera “Tannhäuser and the Minnesingers’ Contest at Wartburg”.

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Short history of Thuringia