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Hotel Schwarzer Bär Supports Kinderhospiz Mitteldeutschland

The Schwarzer Bär Hotel in Jena recently made a donation to the Kinderhospiz Mitteldeutschland (Children’s Hospice Central Germany). Our contribution aims to support the exceptional work of the hospice, which tirelessly serves families with terminally ill children. The hospice not only provides medical care but also offers psychological support and companionship during incredibly challenging times. Through our donation, we hope to play a part in enabling the hospice to continue its vital support. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and admire the dedication of the hospice team, bringing light into the lives of the families affected

Hotel Schwarzer Bär continues to proudly hold four stars

It is with great pleasure and honor that we announce that we, the Schwarzer Bär, have once again been awarded 4 stars in the latest hotel classification. This confirmation is for us not just a recognition of our continuous efforts towards outstanding quality and service, but also a promise to you, our valued guests, that we always strive for the best.

We thank you for your trust and look forward to welcoming you personally at the Hotel Schwarzer Bär soon. Discover with us the perfect blend of historical heritage and modern comfort.


What awaits you in 2023 at the Black Bear (Schwarzer Bär) Jena

The year 2023 certainly holds many surprises in store for all of us. However, one thing will not change: We will continue to do our best to make sure all our guests have a pleasant stay.


New rooms with the charm of days gone by

Last year we already celebrated the stay of two great personalities in our hotel. We are following on seamlessly from this by redesigning several of our rooms to bring the bygone days very close to life. Feel like Chancellor Bismarck when you spend a night in his historic room.


Our menu always remains new and exciting

In 2023, we continue to work on our menu. We have already given vegetarian and vegan dishes more space and are constantly expanding our menu. In addition, we also remain true to our home-style, regional specialities. With international dishes, we put variety on your plate and send you on a culinary journey. In 2023, we will continue to keep our standards high and constantly look for new flavours with which we can spoil our guests. Of course, we continue to pay attention to regionality and freshness, the cornerstones of our quality.


Changing events in our halls

Look forward to a colourful programme full of surprises that we have in store for you. Whether it’s an exciting spooky dinner or a glamorous matinee: at the Schwarzer Bär you will find a wide variety of events to enchant your day. Classical concerts with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra also have a home here.

But our house also offers space for your event: whether it’s a youth dedication, christening, wedding, anniversary or birthday, we offer the right location for you! We also offer a suitable room for funeral ceremonies. Thanks to our comprehensive service, you will be well looked after.


We are looking forward to an exciting year 2023 and hope to welcome you in our house.

Your team from the Black Bear


That was 2022 at the Schwarzen Bären Jena

2022 was a turbulent year, but at the Schwarzen Bären we always gave everything for our guests and at the end of the year we are thankful for all satisfied and satisfied guests. Together with you, we would like to look back on the year 2022.


Historical visits: the Black Bear Jena hosts the greats of history

2022 saw a number of anniversaries of historical visits. On 3 March, for example, we celebrated our 500th anniversary of Luther together with Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow and many other prominent guests under great media attention. Our historically inspired Luther menu enjoyed great popularity.


➜ Tip: The Luther menu is a permanent feature of our cuisine and can be booked all year round.


And just a few months later, we celebrated the visit of another great figure in German history: 30 and 31 July marked the 130th anniversary of Bismarck’s visit to the Schwarzer Bär. For this occasion, too, we created a special Bismarck menu that allowed us to relive the chancellor’s visit in culinary terms.


New developments on the menu and in our rooms

Apart from the anniversaries this year, we have also expanded our culinary horizons. Our menu now has a fixed place for vegetarian and vegan dishes, so there is something for every one of our guests. Not only has our menu been given a new look, we have also thoroughly renovated many of our hotel rooms, some of which have been equipped with air conditioning. In this way, every room reflects our high standards of guest satisfaction.


Events and the end of the year

A wide variety of events took place at the Schwarzer Bär throughout the year. We are particularly proud of the matinees and the spooky dinners that we have in the house at regular intervals. Both culture and entertainment find a home under the roof of the Black Bear.


At the end of the year, we once again put lots of goose on the plates of our hungry guests with our “Goose to Go”. Our restaurant offered a culinary feast with the special Christmas dinner on the 1st and 2nd holiday. On New Year’s Eve, we also held our annual Silverster evening, where good food, great music and a colourful fireworks display were of course not to be missed.

Prominent visit 130 years ago in Jena

In the 19th century Otto von Bismarck was prince and chancellor of the German Empire. The popular statesman resided in our hotel “Schwarzer Bär” during his stay in Jena. Even today, you can travel back in time to the Empire in the Bismarck Room and look out over Jena from the balcony, like Bismarck.

On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the spectacular visit, we invited you to celebrate with us. In addition to a finely composed 4-course Bismarck menu, we also designed a new edition of the historical festive newspaper for you. Come by and immerse yourself in history!

Read more about our anniversary celebration in the newspaper article:

To the OTZ article (in German) “Jena stand kopf wegen Bismarck” by Thomas Stridde.

Foto: Thomas Stridde

Reside like the chancellor

For a journey into the past we recommend a night in our historic Bismarck room. Step out onto the balcony and look out over Jena – just like Bismarck himself did 130 years ago.

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Otto von Bismarck on the balcony of our hotel room in July 1892.

2021 and further years

Four star classification certified for our hotel

According to the official guidelines of the German Hotel Classification we were awarded 4 stars.

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A great recipe to try out

We let Stadtwerke Jena look into our kitchen. They took our recipe (in German) for a fruity egg liqueur tiramisu with cherries to share with you. We hope you enjoy cooking it!

Our fruity egg liqueur tiramisu with cherries to try out.

We are a Bed + Bike partner

We are now an excellent partner of “Bett + Bike“.

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History meets modernity

The blog “SCHOENHAESSLICH” has mentioned us in a nice post. We thank you.