Jena is located in the middle Saale valley between the Saale-Unstrut Nature Park and the Thuringian Slate Mountains. Day trips to the Ore Mountains are just as much a possibility as to the Harz Mountains or the Thuringian Forest. The central location of the Schwarzer Bär hotel is also an ideal starting point for discovering the city's sights, such as the Zeiss Planetarium. The rooms of the historic, family-run 4-star hotel are individually and stylishly furnished. In the evening, the cosy restaurant with excellent cuisine and the Smokers Lounge in the bar attract guests.