Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat), Heidelberg

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Historic Walking Area Educational Site
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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  • Built on 1886 marked the 500th anniversary of Heidelberg University, amazing place to visit. Nice paintings on the roof.  more »
  • This old university is located on a square...both the square and the university aren't big deal...Nothing impressive, no decorations, specific materials, etc...Too bad  more »
  • The museum on the ground floor of the old university building has only a few artefacts and a couple of panels, some in German and some in English as well. The ones in English are only about the histor...  more »