Schiller & Goethe in Jena
Schiller's ten years in Jena were among the most productive of his life. In Jena he became friends with Goethe, after a period of reserve and uncertainty in their relationship. A conversation about philosophy and art on 20 July 1794 brought the two poets closer to one another. Later they wrote ballads together in Schiller's summer house and, inspired by their constant exchange of ideas, Schiller wrote "Wallenstein". When he married Charlotte von Lengefeld in the small village church at Wenigenjena in February 1790, his private happiness was complete.
Goethe was thrilled by Jena's delightful location. He returned again and again, often for weeks and months at a time. All in all, he spent almost five years of his life here.
Goethe and Schiller's friendship and working relationship began in Jena. At the end of a meeting of the Natural Science Society in 1794, the two men started talking about whether metamorphosis was an experience or an idea. They both went on to write some of the world's greatest literature.
Schiller ChurchSchlippenstraße 30, 07749 Jena
The church where Friedrich Schiller and Charlotte von Lengefeld were married in 1790.
Goethe memorialFürstengraben 26, 07743 Jena
A small memorial in the former superintendent's house in the botanical gardens recalls Goethe's work as a natural scientist and minister of state.