Life in Jena

The relatively small city of Jena is located in the picturesque valley of the river Saale and is one of the most important university, science, and industrial centres in central Germany. It is home to the Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital Jena, Ernst Abbe University, numerous research institutions, as well as several innovative medium-sized companies in the fields of optics and biotechnology. As a result, the city attracts many young people and enjoys a high standard of living. No matter where - on the green meadows of the Paradise Park, the bike paths along the river Saale or in the cafes and pubs of the Wagnergasse - the idyllic charm of the city is always apparent.