Out and about in Jena: Experience culture and nature

The Thuringian city of Jena has numerous sights, a lively cultural scene and inspiring surroundings to offer.


With its idyllic location in Thuringia's Saale Valley, this student town beckons with the renowned Friedrich Schiller University, the Carl Zeiss plant and Schiller's Gartenhaus. The city's charm can be appreciated to best effect with a stroll through the historic center with its numerous townhouses dating back several centuries. Jena's Theaterhaus theater attracts audiences from far and wide with its contemporary performances, whilst the Philharmonie symphony orchestra and various museums, including the German Optical Museum and the Museum of Literature in the Romantikerhaus, ensure a broad cultural offering. One important event in the city life of Jena is the so-called Kulturarena. This seven-week international open-air festival draws both German and international visitors with its music, theater and film events. The climatically favorable Saale Valley invites you to enjoy cycling and boat trips. The Hotel Steigenberger Esplanade Jena offers the perfect place to stay, right in the heart of the city.


Parking garage
(public parking)

right by the hotel

right by the hotel 
Costs: € 1.50/1st and 2nd hour, € 2.-/from 3rd hour on, € 20.-/day


Westbahnhof Jena or Jena Paradies

Distance: 0.8 km (walking distance)
Estimated taxi fare: € 8 – € 10 (one way)

Stop Ernst-Abbe-Platz
Distance: 150m (by foot)

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Leipzig / Halle Airport

Distance: 95 km
Estimated taxi fare: € 150 (one way)

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From now on there is the new JenaCard, which you can purchase directly at our hotel.

The JenaCard allows you to visit museums, cultural sites and leisure providers, including local transport, either free of charge or with a lucrative discount, and also includes a public guided tour of the city.

The JenaCard costs €11.90 per person and is valid for 48 hours from the time of validation.

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