During the time of the GDR Jena’s glass and concrete tower was not only a city symbol, but also one of the most recognizable structures. Its height is 159m. It was built in the 70s of the twentieth century by the famous Carl Zeiss group, the research center located in the tower. Architect Hermann Henselmann designed the building.
After the unification of Germany, problems started at the concern: it was difficult to afford the tower maintenance and the building was handed over to the University of Jena. Now the university’s scientific laboratories are here. But tourists can climb up the 27 floors of the tower to the observation deck with a restaurant. From a height of 128m the deck offers stunning views of Jena and its surroundings. The observation deck is open every day and round-the-clock.