Jena is a tranquil university city situated in a valley of the hilly landscape of Thuringia, with the Saale River running through. The Friedrich Schiller University of Jena was founded in 1558 and has since contributed to shaping German and European intellectual history in the arts and sciences. The famous German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller is the namesake of the venerable University of Jena. He was appointed associate professor of history at the University in 1789 and spent ten years in the city. Between 1790 and 1850, Jena was the center of the student liberal and unity movement and of German Romanticism. Important personalities of this period resided and worked in Jena; among them Alexander von Humboldt, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Novalis and August Wilhelm Schlegel. Jena also contributed to important discoveries in natural sciences. Especially in the field of optics, Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss and Otto Schott made the university world famous. Jena also is known as the "City of Light". The name is representative of everything that made and still makes up Jena's transregional radiance: the bright minds, the light of the Enlightenment, the outstanding research institutes that keep bringing the light of knowledge into yet unexplored spaces, the world-renowned high-tech optics companies like Zeiss and Jenoptic and the young innovative companies in the fields of optics, photonics and IT, for which light is a central means to success.
Weimar und Erfurt
Along the Autobahn A4 the cities Weimar and Erfurt constitute the economic lifeline of Thuriniga. Erfurt is the state capital and still has a medieval city center. If there is the opportunity, be sure to take a walk around Fischmarkt, Petersberg und the Cathedral. Like the rest of Thuringia, important German and western history took place here for instance Martin Luther studied at the University of Erfurt and was ordained in the Cathedral. Weimar is world-reknown for the 18th century period of Sturm und Drang – Romanticism – Weimar Classicism with the great thinkers of their time like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Gottfried Herder and Christoph Wieland who all resided in Weimar. After the First World War, the city became the center of the first German Democracy, when the Weimar Republic was founded in the National Theater (DNT) in 1918. Weimar has always been and still is a venue for established and aspiring artists and architects because of the Bauhaus University situated in the city center. Though a rather small city the history of it is as dense as it was tumultuous. Be sure to take a walk around the Ilm-Park to encounter four decades of German and western history in just under an hour.
Travel and Accommodation
The conference will take place in the Rosensäle of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, located at Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena. The following directions will help you find your way to the Rosensäle. As Jena is quite a small city, many destinations can be reached on foot. If you prefer to travel by bus or tram this option is also available. Feel free to contact at us if you have questions concerning your travel plans and stay.
Front view of the Rosensäle of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Foto: Anne Günther/FSU
Arriving by train
Please plan your train journey to arrive at Jena Westbahnhof (Westbahnhofstr. 13, 07745 Jena) or Jena Paradies (Knebelstraße 1, 07745 Jena). You can book all tickets via Deutsche Bahn.
Arriving at Westbahnhof:
Address: Westbahnhofstr. 13, 07745 Jena
From the Westbahnhof, turn left towards the main street and then turn right at the first intersection onto Westbahnhofstraße. Follow the road downhill for about 300 metres. After a left-hand bend, follow Schillerstraße until you reach the crossroads Fürstengraben. Turn right here and after about 100m you will arrive at the Rosensäle (Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena).
Taking the bus:
From Westbahnhof you can take bus line 10, 11, 12, 15. Get off at the next stop "Stadtzentrum Teichgraben". Once here, walk back to the main road from which the bus came (Leutragraben) and follow the road until you reach the crossroads Fürstengraben. Turn right here and after about 100m you will arrive at the Rosensälen (Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena).
Arriving at Paradiesbahnhof:
Address: Knebelstraße 1, 07745 Jena
From the Paradiesbahnhof, walk straight past the bus station and follow the road to the left onto Grietgasse. At the post office turn right onto Schillerstraße and follow the road until you reach the crossroads Fürstengraben. Turn right here and after about 100m you will arrive at the Rosensälen (Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena).
Taking the bus:
From the Paradiesbahnhof, walk straight to the bus station, from where you take the 424 in the direction of Dornburg. Get off at the second stop at “Johannisplatz” station. For this route it is sufficient to buy a "Kurzstrecke" ticket. From Johannisplatz, follow the road until you reach the crossroads Fürstengraben. Turn right here and after about 100m you will arrive at the Rosensälen (Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena).
Arriving by car
From the A4 via the Jena-Zentrum exit. Follow Stadtrodaer Straße for 3.5 kilometres in the direction of the city centre. After passing under a railway bridge go straight ahead at the next three traffic lights. At the following traffic lights at the tram stop Universität, turn left into Fürstengraben. At the second traffic light (at the library) turn left. There you will find the car park at Eichplatz and the multi-storey car park Neue Mitte.
Please use one of the parking spaces near Rosensäle, which are:
- Car park option 1: Eichplatz (distance approx. 400 m) (limited parking time)
- Car park option 2: Parkplatz Hinter der Kirche, Hinter d. Kirche 5, 07743 Jena (distance approx. 300 m) (limited parking time)
- Car park option 3: Neue Mitte multi-storey car park (distance approx. 400 m)
- Car park option 4: Goethe Galerie multi-storey car park (distance approx. 400 m)
- Car park option 5: Holzmarkt multi-storey car park (distance approx. 600 m)
Arriving by plane
The nearest major airport is Leipzig/Halle. It is also possible to travel by plane to Berlin or Frankfurt. This option is particularly suitable for international flights. All airports have a direct connection to the trains of the German railways (Deutsche Bahn). Please see Arriving by train for further guidance.
In the following hotels, rooms were reserved for the participants of the event. All hotels are within walking distance of the event venue and also have parking facilities for your car on request. Please make sure to book your room in the desired hotel in a timely manner upon registering for the event.
B&B Hotel Jena
Am Anger 32, 07743 Jena
+49 (0)3641 638969-0
Distance to Venue: 800m
Hotel ibis Jena City
Teichgraben 1, 07743 Jena
+49 (0)3641 8130
Distance to Venue: 600m
Lutherplatz 2, 07743 Jena
+49 (0)3641 4060
Distance to Venue: 400m
Steigenberger Esplanade Jena
Carl-Zeiss-Platz 4, 07743 Jena
+49 (0)3641 8000
Distance to Venue: 350m
Bachstraße 14, 07743 Jena
+49 (0)3641 7962171
Distance to Venue: 350m