Venue and Accommodation

City of Jena

Jena is a lively university city (25 % of the total population are students) in the state of Thuringia (known as the green heart of Germany). It is connected to major international airports (Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich) by high-speed and regional trains. Public transport within the city runs all night. The workshop will take place in the historical center where everything is located within walking distance.

You can find a map of the city center here indicating all university buildings, the train stations, and also the major hotels.

During the workshop week, the "Altstadtfest" will take place in the city center with concerts at the market every night, fairground ride and booths.

For your dinner, we compiled a list of restaurant suggestions and bars.


The workshop will take place in the freshly renovated historical Rosensäle building in the very city center of Jena, located in walking distance from hotels, restaurants, and all major train stations.

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fürstengraben 27
07743 Jena


Workshop participants can benefit from special rates in two hotels close to the venue. The number of rooms is limited and they are attributed on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for booking a pre-reserved hotel room is 26 July 2019, after that date prices cannot be guaranteed anymore. Detailed hotel information is accessible in the tab "Participant Information" upon login.

Travel information

By plane

The closest international airports are Frankfurt/Main (FRA), Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), Berlin Tegel (TXL), Nuremberg (NUE), and Munich (MUC) which serve destinations all over the world. From some destinations, you will find direct flights to the regional airport Leizig/Halle (LEJ). (Non-direct intra-European flights to Leipzig/Halle with intermediate stop in Germany are usually expensive and the total duration of the trip is not shorter than taking a train from Frankfurt airport, for instance.)

From the airport, follow the instructions given in the section "By train". If you prefer to rent a car at the airport, follow the instructions in the section "By car".

By train

This is probably the most comfortable and convenient option to reach Jena for participants from Germany and central Europe (including Paris, Brussels, ...). Significant discounts on ticket prices are available when you book early enough.

Tickets can be bought online with credit card on the website of the state-owned railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB). (The tickets bought on this website are also valid for regional trains that are run by other train companies.) Choose the generic destination "JENA". (Participants traveling East-West will arrive at the station "Jena West", participants traveling North-South arrive at "Jena Paradies", both in walking distance to the city center.) The last trains arrive between midnight and 1:00 in the morning, the earliest trains leave between 4:00 and 5:00.

If you come from one of the airports, choose as starting point of your train trip "Frankfurt(M)Flughafen", "Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen", "Berlin Flughafen Tegel", "München Flughafen Terminal", or "Leipzig/Halle Flughafen" respectively.

At the airport in Nuremberg, you need to take subway line U2 from "Flughafen" to "Nürnberg Hbf" (Nuremberg central station) where you can get a train. The subway ride takes 12 min. Single tickets can be bought at ticket machines for 3.20 €. The schedule can be found here. More details are available on the website of the public transport service of Nuremberg.

The official mobile phone app "DB Navigator" of the train company is quite useful. It informs you about schedules, delays (more or less in realtime), ticket prices etc. You can load online tickets in the app or directly purchase tickets within the app.

By car

East-West: From Frankfurt/Main or Dresden, follow the A4 highway. Take the exit to "Jena Zentrum" to access the city center within 15 minutes.

North-South: From Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, or Munich, follow the A9 highway and change to the A4 highway (direction Frankfurt/Main) at "Hermsdorfer Kreuz" . Take the exit to "Jena Zentrum" to access the city center within 15 minutes.