A friendship cemented in Jena
Friedrich Schiller was one of Jena University’s most famous professors and lived in the city for more than ten years – longer than he ever stayed anywhere else. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, his fellow writer, was also fond of Jena, and spent almost five years here in total. And it was in Jena in 1794 that Schiller and Goethe began their long-standing friendship. But what attracted these great poets to this “dear, foolish nest”, as Goethe once described Jena? Where can you still find reminders of their lives and works?
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Schiller’s summer house
Schiller’s summer house represents an important part of cultural history in the city of light.
The church where the playwright Friedrich Schiller married Charlotte von Lengefeld has a charm all of its own.
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.