Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat), Heidelberg

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Founded in 1386, Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat) is Germany's oldest university, ranked among Europe's top universities and the birthplace of modern psychology, sociology, and psychiatry, as well as the alma mater of 11 heads of state. Here you'll find the old lecture halls decorated with frescoes and sculptures, a museum detailing the university's history, and the library--one of Europe's most important since medieval times. The university is also home to the Student Prison, its most curious building. From the 18th century up until 1914, students could be jailed here for offenses like disturbing the peace--though they'd still be let out to go to class through a special door. The centuries' worth of graffiti and paintings they left behind are still visible. A guided tour of the university available, showing you all the most historic sights. With our custom trip planner, Heidelberg attractions like Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Is a historical University, one of the world's oldest, founded in the 14th century. It's worth visiting a classroom (University Museum), very beautiful, where ceremonies are performed today. It's very curious Studentenkarzer, prison where they were stranded for short period students who misbehaved; access and ticket sale is for a gift shop on the way to College.
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  • The ' Alte Aula ' is a beautiful room, very nice to visit. Ticket is in conjunction with the students Karzel.
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  • University museum is very small, only three rooms, which cover the whole history of university, I expected a bit more, especially about giants who worked there, e.g. Max Weber, almost nothing about th...  more »