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If you are interested in culture and are planning a city break in Thuringia, you can’t afford to miss out on Jena, with its internationally acclaimed Philharmonic Orchestra and Kunstsammlung art gallery. The Optical Museum and Schiller’s summer house are also well worth a visit. And the city has an exhilarating cultural scene for young people, as evidenced by the Kulturarena open-air festival and the innovative Theaterhaus Jena theatre.

Jenaer Philharmonie | Volkshaus Jena
Jena Philharmonic Orchestra
Kulturarena, Theatervorplatz
Kulturarena Jena
Kunstsammlung Jena, Kunst, Ausstellung
Kunstsammlung Jena
Jena | Optisches Museum
Optical Museum
Schillers Gartenhaus Jena, Schillergarten, Rundtour Thüringer-Städtekette-Radweg, Friedrich Schiller
Schiller’s summer house
Botanischer Garten, Jena, Park, Goethe
Botanical garden
Ernst-Abbe-Denkmal, Spurensuche, Jena
Ernst Abbe monument
Theaterhaus Jena, Theatervorplatz, Außenansicht
Theaterhaus Jena

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.

Contact Jena Tourist Information

Jena Tourist-Information, Markt 16, Fassade Jena

The team at Jena Tourist Information will be happy to help you plan your trip.

Please contact the team at Jena Tourist Information.

Markt 16, 07743 Jena
+ 49 3641 498050

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