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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  • Heidelberg University is a place where you can feel the long tradition. The Nobel Prize was ever mounted numerous professors, studied in a relaxing atmosphere will think for a minute the idea you want to be a student again turned off.
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  • Not forget to visit this small and cosy town South of Germany qeu is escaped being razed by the bombadeos of war mundiald where the oldest University of the country. Its rebuilt Castle parcilamente is one of the main historical of the country remains. It consists of several buildings and inside you can visit the German pharmacy Museum. Founded in the 14TH century by Ruperto I, it currently has approximately 25,000 students. One-fifth of the student population of Heidelberg. Its 19TH-century library preserves interesting manuscripts and is situated in the square of the University with their old and new wings and the Studentenkarzer, site where Lutero exposed his thesis. Other monuments of interest in Heidelberg are the Church of San Pedro, the oldest in the city with about 900 years of history, the Church of the Jesuits in 1749, the old bridge over the Neckar, the grain market, the most beautiful square of the city and the Church of the Holy Spirit, in the Centre of the city. The city centre is pedestrianised, where in addition to admire beautiful baroque buildings is a place of great atmosphere to enjoy to eat and spend a bit of leisure. It is the center of University life and if you want an unforgettable crosses the river and get the path of the philosophers. The views of the other side of the Neckar are amazing.
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  • For me the Heidelberg University holds a special charm, especially when you consider the 700+ year history of the University. Walking around the Old University is a great experience when you think abo...  more »