Jena is located in central Germany and is the second largest city in the federal state of Thuringia. The old university city counts 107,000 inhabitants, including 25.000 students. The most important industry is the photonics sector. Jena is home of Carl ZEISS, JENOPTIK, famous Fraunhofer Institutes and innovative Startup companies. Science has been shaping the cities' architecture and atmosphere, nevertheless culture and history at the highest level as well as unique natural experiences will make your stay unforgettable.

Seminar location

The OptoNet Summer School "Advanced Lens Design" will take place in the JenTower at SCALA | Panoramabankett. A unique panoramic view over the city, 128m above sea level, a professional technical equipment and a calm atmosphere will guarantee perfect working conditions. During the breaks a balanced and tasty cuisine will be served for your wellbeing.


Some sights not to miss

Zeiss Planetarium: Oldest planetarium in the world with laser alldome projection system. Programs in English, Spanish; "Unser Weltall" in 11 languages.

Optical Museum: Here you can take a journey through five centuries and learn about the history of development and use of optical instruments and the major personages Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss and Otto Schott.

Botanical Garden: The second oldest of their kind in Germany. A very large, ancient ginkgo tree serves as a reminder of Goethe.

Friedrich Schiller´s Summer House: One of two original buildings where Friedrich Schiller lived open to the public.

Goethe Memorial: A small memorial in the former superintendent's house recalls Goethe's work.

Jena Municipal Museum & Art Collection: Exhibitions illustrating the history of the city, temporary exhibitions, the "7 Wonders" of Jena.

Schott Glass Museum & Schott Villa: Schott Glass Museum: multimedia exhibition presenting the history of the production and technology of the SCHOTT company.


Within walking distance of max. 15 minutes to the Summer School venue you find several accommodation opportunities.


Jena - Directions how to get there 

By Airplane

From Frankfurt/Main-airport: the most convenient way to get to Jena is to first take an intercity train to Erfurt. Intercity trains stop at Frankfurt Airport long-distance station. Change trains at Erfurt for a short (40 minutes) trip on the local train to Jena (total travel time approx. 3 hours). Arrival at Jena-West. From Berlin or Munich take an intercity or intercity express (IC/ICE) train to Erfurt main station (travel time from Munich approx. 2,5 hours, from Berlin approx. 2 hours).  

By Train

The ICE connections from all directions stop at Erfurt main station. Travel time from Munich, Berlin Frankfurt and Dresden is between 2 and 3 hours. From Erfurt main station take the local train to Jena-West which will take approx. 40 minutes. Arriving at Jena-West, there will be about 10 minutes walking distance to city center and the conference venue. Taxi cabs are available in front of the train station taking you to your hotel within five to ten minutes. For train schedules and booking please visit  

By Car

Coming from East or West: Highway A4 (Brussels-Frankfurt/Main-Jena-Dresden). Take exit #53(Jena-Göschwitz) and turn left (north) to reach Jena city.  Coming from the North or South: Highway A9 (Berlin-Munich). Take exit #24 at the Hermsdorfer Kreuz junction and change to highway A4 to the west (direction Frankfurt/Main), take exit #53 to Jena-Göschwitz. Turn left (north) to reach Jena city. We recommend you to park at your hotel, parking space close to the venue is limited.

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