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Ilmenau is a town in Thuringia, Germany. It is the largest town within the Ilm district with a population of 26,000, while the district capital is Arnstadt. Ilmenau is located approximately 33 km (21 miles) south of Erfurt and 135 km (84 miles) north of Nuremberg within the Ilm valley at the northern edge of the Thuringian Forest at an elevation of 500 metres (1,640 feet). The most important institution in Ilmenau is the Technische Universität Ilmenau, Thuringia's second-largest university with about 7,000 students and an emphasis on mathematics, physics, informatics, several engineering disciplines and media studies. Its precursor was founded in 1894 and developed into a university in 1992. Since 1990, many research institutes have been established in the area around the university making Ilmenau an important hub of technological research. Ilmenau was historically a small mining town, primarily silver and copper, until the deposits were depleted. After 1800, it was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's favorite resort because of its beautiful landscape. In 1838, the established spa led to the advent of tourism, which is still an important industry. Industrialisation started after the railway arrived in 1879, but increased rapidly during the following century primarily in glass and porcelaine manufacturing. The porcelaine factories closed (like everywhere in western Europe) during the 1990s. The glass industry, however, remains and produces laboratory equipment and measurement devices and is leading source of economic activity together with mechanical engineering and software engineering. Ilmenau and the surrounding region have produced many winter Olympic champions in disciplines like luge, bobsleigh and biathlon.


Home to pretty treasures, Ilmenau is Germany's best kept secret. When planning a trip to Ilmenau, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Leipzig. Take a short trip from Ilmenau and set some time aside to explore the Leipzig. Dotted with places like Leipzig Zoo, St. Thomas Church, St. Nicholas Church; it will definitely be a good idea. A holiday in Ilmenau can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Ilmenau*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ilmenau

    Know the pollution level of Ilmenau before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Ilmenau: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ilmenau for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ilmenau.

    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Ilmenau - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 100 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 79.05 (High)
    • Pollution Index 43.1 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 94.44 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.59 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ilmenau

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ilmenau

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.32 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 104.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 86.21 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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