Notable figures who spent time in Jena include Schiller, Goethe and the poet Novalis, as well as Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe.
These famous residents played a significant part in turning Jena into a city of culture. Numerous cultural monuments bear witness to the city’s cultural history, along with many museums, institutions and buildings.
But cultural history in Jena wasn’t just made during the time of the great poets. The city continues to offer an exhilarating cultural scene for young people. The most visible example of this is the annual Kulturarena festival, which attracts leading international artists and essentially takes over life in the city for six weeks. But there are also many everyday events focused on music, museums and theatre, all creating a distinctive vibe within their own settings.
The Jena Philharmonic Orchestra is another key attraction in our cultural offering. It is Jena’s largest cultural institution, and its musicians perform concerts around the world. Jena’s municipal Kunstsammlung art gallery also enjoys international acclaim. Its collection comprises more than 5,000 works from all areas, and it regularly stages notable temporary exhibitions. The Kunstsammlung is one of a number of interesting art galleries in Jena.
If you are interested in culture and are planning a city break in Thuringia, you can’t afford to miss out on Jena. The choice of museums alone offers many options for whiling away the hours. You can explore the history of Carl Zeiss at the Optical Museum, visit the botanical garden where Goethe used to do research, or see Schiller’s summer house, where the great poet worked on his famous plays.
Contemporary art with plenty of original performances, modern treatments of classic plays, and topical performance theatre – the reputation of the innovative Theaterhaus Jena extends far beyond the borders of Thuringia.