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Time for experiences – microadventures for young and old around Jena

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Time for experiences – microadventures for young and old around Jena

Hiking Collection by visit Jena

8

Tours

12:10 h

25.8 mi

3,900 ft

Hiking doesn't always have to be a strenuous mountain challenge. Around the city of Jena, in central Germany, you find microadventures for all abilities that invite everyone to enjoy nature. In this Collection, we have put together eight easy hikes that you can reach quickly and cheaply from Jena. Whether you want fun with the family, fresh air after work or leisure time, there’s something for you.

Four of the Tours presented here are Jena circular hiking trails that take you to exciting ruins, fantastic vantage points and historic towers. Forests, meadows and villages combine to offer hiking fun for young and old.

The four adventure trails, each dedicated to a different theme and equipped with interactive stations, offer a particularly exciting experience. For example, the Clever Ux accompanies you into the Jena Forest to tell you interesting facts about the local nature and bring the forest animals to life. Or you can follow in the footsteps of Napoleon at Cospeda and Windknollen and learn about lawn mowers on four legs. Take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages on the Ottonian Trail and become a knight. You can learn all about dinosaurs on the Trixi Trias dinosaur trail and even dig up dinosaur bones.

By combining an active experience in nature with digital perception, you can experience nature and history up close. With the mixed reality app ‘natura jenensis’, you can marvel at animals and historical figures as 3D animation and augmented reality at various stations around Jena. With 360-degree panoramas and the mascot Clever Ux, nature and history can be experienced in a new way: the invisible becomes visible; history is accessible.

In Jena, relaxation and great experiences are never far away. So, grab your hiking boots and walk to the starting point of the Tours or simply hop on the bus or train and head off to the next nature experience. You can find more information about the timetables at nahverkehr–jena.de/fahrplan.html.

No special equipment is required for these hikes and thanks to the numerous highlights, exploring nature is fun for both young and old adventurers.

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    Adventure Trail: SaurierPfad Trixi Trias – microadventures Jena

    Easy
    00:43
    1.33 mi
    1.9 mph
    550 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The dinosaur path on the Jenzig in Jena, which is about two kilometers long, offers you not only fantastic viewpoints but also interactive and digital stations about the dinosaurs in the Triassic period.

    

    Beginning at the foot of the Jenzig, the popular hiking trail meanders in several serpentines up to

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  • Easy
    01:09
    2.61 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Children in particular can discover the nature of the Jena Forest at various stations along the four-kilometre-long Schlauer Ux Forest Path. Digital highlights can also be experienced via app and augmented reality. We recommend that you download the natura jensis app before starting the tour. Then the

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  • Easy
    01:12
    2.37 mi
    2.0 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the path of the Ottonians, numerous stations with display boards - some with interaction and digital elements - invite you to learn interesting facts about the Ottonians and the Middle Ages. We recommend that you download the natura jensis app before starting the tour. Then the mascot Ux will accompany

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    4.95 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This eight-kilometre-long, scenically very varied circular route takes you to the scenes of the Battle of Napoleon in 1806. At numerous adventure stations you can get information about the double battle at Jena and Auersted - and you can experience even more via the app using augmented reality. We recommend

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  • Easy
    02:00
    4.50 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The seven-kilometre-long circular hiking trail through the Jena Forest impresses with its wonderful vantage points, historic towers and lots of nature. Starting from the hiking car park, follow the forest path north past the Storzel. The first highlight with the Kahleshöhe is not long in coming - from

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  • Easy
    01:58
    3.90 mi
    2.0 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This varied tour for the whole family takes you to the exciting Kunitzburg ruins and the idyllic village of Laasan. It starts at the bus stop in Kunitz and from there you climb past the vineyards of the Grafenberg in the direction of Kunitzburg. Where the trees clear, you always have great views of the

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  • Easy
    01:10
    2.26 mi
    1.9 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular tour is particularly suitable for little hikers, as it goes over the Trixi Trias dinosaur trail to the Jenzig. You start at the Jenzig hiking car park or at the nearby Jenzigweg train and bus stop. From the car park, the dinosaur trail meanders up the slope in serpentines, passing exciting

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  • Intermediate
    01:51
    3.85 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The six-kilometer round takes you up and down to varied highlights near Ziegenhain. The starting point is at the Steinkreuz car park, alternatively you can also get on at the bus stop in Ziegenhain. From the stone cross you hike on a winding path past meadows and forest areas west of Jenapriessnitz.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    25.8 mi
  • Duration
    12:10 h
  • Elevation
    3,900 ft

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