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. Put Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat) and other Heidelberg attractions into our Heidelberg trip itinerary planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This university is very important to Germany’s history, and its museum is very nicely done and informative. The Great Hall is really the crown jewel, though! Make sure to go upstairs and see it.  more »
  • I attended a Forum at the University of Heidelberg's Laureate. This area is quite historic, during the reign of Nazi Germany burned many books in this area.
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  • Since I was young I've wanted to see Heidelberg University! And yes, I've finally did it! It was absolutely beautiful!!!!! Clean and fairy-tale town!  more »
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  • The Assembly Hall is very beautiful. The entrance to the historical Museum, the room and lock-up for students-3 euro
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