Welcome to Jena

Welcome to Jena


As a guest in the hotel “Schwarzer Bär” we recommend numerous sports activities, cultural highlights and sights in and around Jena.

Places of interest


As the second biggest city in Thuringia we do not need to hide behind other cultural highlights such as Weimar, Erfurt or Eisenach regarding to sights. There are plenty of opportunities to fill several weeks without getting bored.

You could enjoy the view from the highest tower in East Germany, explore castles and old ruins or follow in Goethe or Schillers’ footsteps. Besides you have the possibility to extend your knowledge in light and visual effects with experiments in a playful manner – Jena has something to offer for everyone.

Its charm results out of the attractive surrounding country. The “Kernberge” invite you to hike and show Jena in a different light.

Sightseeing in Jena
JenTower Jena

JenTower in the heart of Jena

kanu paddeln

Paddling on the river Saale

Sports activities in and around Jena


Canoeing, biking or hiking – its location as a university city in a gorgeous valley at the “Saale” enables an abundance of various activities. Whether you’re a professional athlete, a young family or at advanced age – with the varied natural scenery in and around Jena everyone can find something to make themselves feel happy. Both the circular hiking trail “SaaleHorizontale” and the “Saaleradweg” are awarded by the German hiking club and offer a healthy mixture between not too exhausting sports activity, a spectacular view and cultural sightings. Even on the river it’s possible to explore the valley with its picturesque villages and stunning scenery with castles and vineyards.

Get to know more about specific activities with a click on the button (in German):

Art, culture and nightlife in Jena

Apart from water sportsman or cyclists also nightowls and culturati will get their money’s worth. The quaint pub mile “Wagnergasse” can make an offer for everyone: from an Irish pub with live music to an American diner in 1950s-style. During summer our “Kulturarena” sparks, both, young and old with numerous concerts and shows (which are unfortunately cancelled for 2020). Further regularly theater or film plays, concerts, workshops, flea markets and lectures are taking place everywhere around the city.

Discover the diverse cultural landscape of Jena.

nachtleben - bar

Nightlife in Jena

Leuchtenburg bei Kahla

Leuchtenburg close to Kahla

Highlights around Jena


The surrounding area of Jena presents outstanding sights. From the proudly towering “Leuchtenburg” near Kahla, the “Heidecksburg” in Rudolstadt, one of the prettiest residential palaces in Germany, to the worldwide unique “Dornburger Schlösser” or to Naumburg, one of the UNESCO world heritage site – all accessible by bike during one day.

For our guests we offer to convey them at an arranged time upon consultation in good time in advance. In addition, you can look forward to a tasty packet lunch.

Of course Weimar as a “Baushaus-“ and cultural center, the gorgeous historic city of Erfurt or the “Wartburg” near Eisenach are perfect for a day trip as well. We eagerly arrange a guided tour when you not want to be on one’s way on your own.

Sights around Jena

Be our guest in the hotel “Schwarzer Bär”

We’re happy to help you with any general questions or on touristic attractions.