Businesses, research institutes, municipal institutions – all are part of a strong network. People know each other, so they can quickly find the right person to deal with their query or request. Failing this, they can at least find someone who knows someone who is able to help. Jena likewise has close ties with neighbouring cities such as Weimar, which is a City of Culture. Jena and Weimar are linked by train, enabling both off-the-cuff trips to theatres or museums and commuting for work, since the cities maintain close links in the areas of culture and science.