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 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

Costs: € 2/hour, € 17/day


Westbahnhof Jena or Jena Paradies

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

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Leipzig / Halle Airport

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

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Current and upcoming events

Long Night of Science
24.11.2017 - 24.11.2017

Jena is considered to be one of Germany's leading locations for scientific research. The Long Night of Science invites you on a journey of discovery through Jena’s research institutions. An exciting and varied program awaits you.

Jena – Long Night of Science
Steigenberger Esplanade, Jena – Christmas market

A unique Christmas market

27.11.2017 - 22.12.2017

Jena's Christmas market is held at the city’s restored market place and is known as one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. The official opening of the market is traditionally accompanied by the cutting of a 4-meter-long Christmas cake. Don’t forget to visit the historic two-week long Christmas market located between Pulverturm and Johannistor.