Ilmenau‘Graceful valley,evergreen grove’
…is the way Goethe described the location of this little mountain town in his poem ‘Ilmenau’, written in 1783. Ilmenau sits about 500 metres above sea level, on the northern slope of the Thueringen mountains, and features the very attractive landscape of the Ilm valley, from which the town originally got its name.
Where once the economic history of Ilmenau was peppered with references to mining and glass-blowing, today the references are to the technical University of Ilmenau and countless technology-based industries, for example metalwork, the glass industry which still exists in Ilmenau, machinery and tool making industries.
There is still a large craft industry and of course, Ilmenau is known for its great friendliness and customer service.
The attraction for visitors to Ilmenau is the variety of things to do – for those who like town life to those who like to explore.
There are places to stroll in, places to explore and places in which to wander around and, of course, there are plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by.