Studentenkarzer, Heidelberg

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Established in the 1600s as a kind of prison to punish misbehaving students, Studentenkarzer and places like it were prevalent at many German schools until the beginning of the 20th century. Eventually, the punishment became almost a rite of passage among students and turned into more of a social event filled with the sort of debauchery that had once caused a student to land here. Wander the rooms to see the poems, writings, musings, or stories scrawled on the walls, along with the paintings, drawings, and doodles left by the marauding students. If you can read German, you might even be able to pick out a story or two left behind by a student explaining just what he did to end up here. Arrange your visit to Studentenkarzer and discover more family-friendly attractions in Heidelberg using our Heidelberg trip website .
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  • It is an odd attraction you can find in Heidelberg. If you are to courious to find what jailed students did... go for it.  more »
  • I thought Dungeon, on the 3rd floor. Inside was covered with graffiti. Appearance alone may be enough.
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  • The Studentenkarzer was a student jail, operational from 1823 to 1914, where students were jailed for offenses such as rowdiness in public offenses that disturbed the public. Imprisonment could last f...  more »
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  • This is a very interesting and fun little stop. It is inexpensive and best enjoyed with your friends and family who have a good sense of humor.
  • Heidelberg is a famous university city and its university has been established since 14C, which is the oldest in Germany. There was once a student prison in 19C to punish the university students who had contravened some public orders. They would then put in jail from 2 days to 2 weeks. But many students took it as a refuge from lectures and spent their time for making poems and graffiti on walls.
  • Surprisingly interesting place, providing a glimpse of past student life in a great university
  • Very strange and nice place to visit
  • Very special and interesting place

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