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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  • The elder of the Gajdel'berga University was established in 14 century. The Museum is located at the University. Very beautiful yard.
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  • The ticket to the Alte Universtat Museum will also get you into the student jail that is around the back of the building. The museum is just a few minutes but must of the signs are in English and Germ...  more »
  • Go to Heidelberg and not visit the University would really be an incomplete visit. Beautiful in its structure and in the Interior, still in wood, you can see the students inside prison, entering this University you are immersed in an ancient taste of knowledge.
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