The great poet is closely linked to the city of Jena.
In total, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spent more than five years in Jena, so naturally he has left many traces in the city.
He would normally stay at the ducal palace, later also at the Grüne Tanne inn, and between 1817 and 1822 at the inspector’s house in the botanical garden, his ‘retreat on the hill of flowers and plants’ as he called it.
A small exhibition at the inspector’s house illustrates Goethe’s scientific studies in Jena.
The Goethe Museum shows examples of his work in mineralogy and geology, botany, anatomy, and zoology and osteology, as well as his interest in physics and chemistry. The impressive ginkgo tree in front of the inspector’s house is more than 200 years old.
The Goethe Museum is currently closed for renovation. However, there are Goethe tours available at Schiller’s Summer House.
Location Goethe Museum
Schiller’s summer house
Schiller’s summer house represents an important part of cultural history in the city of light.
Grüne Tanne historical inn
The traditional Grüne Tanne inn is located on the Saale cycle route and water trail. It has always been a popular destination for outings, and the original student fraternity was founded here.
Jena around 1800 ‒ Dr Helmut Hühn
Goethe and Schiller, Hölderlin and Fichte, Schelling and Hegel – these are only a few of the acclaimed poets and philosophers who have lived and worked in Jena. Dr Helmut Hühn, head of Schiller’s summer house and the Goethe Museum in Jena, is an expert on those luminaries and on the city. In this interview, he looks back at Jena in around 1800, when it was still a small, insignificant backwater, and explains why this period is so important for the modern day.