The Goethe and university town of Ilmenau - population about 30.000 - is situated in the foothills of the Thuringian Forest. Surrounded by the mountains of the Thuringian Forest in Germany's "green heart", it makes an excellent base for hiking. It is also the start of the 20-km Goethe trail following in the footsteps of the great writer and poet.

The Technische Universit├Ąt Ilmenau looks back on a long tradition of higher education in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering and is an internationally acknowledged institution with strong local roots. The university with its 6800 students is mainly located on the main campus providing a cozy and lively environment to its students and staff.