Alexander Martynov explores the university town with its optical museum. He looks down on Jena from the hill overlooking the city and from JenTower high-rise.
Napoleon defeated the Prussian army in the twin battles of Jena and Auerstedt, 210 years ago. Hundreds of re-enactors are now gathering to recreate the battles. Some of them have been marching for days to get there.
The last weeks have seen many commemorations to mark the 250th anniversary of Wilhelm von Humboldt's birth. He is known as a philosopher and linguist, but he was also a lover of nature and had a huge impact on science.
Germany's domestic cup provides a rare opportunity for lower-division sides to pit themselves against the country's best. However, Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti's only previous trip to Jena haunts him to this day.
From Martin Luther narrowly missing a lightning strike to his 95 theses, children in Germany have replicated scenes from the reformer's life - using Playmobil. They are on show to mark 500 years since the Reformation.
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