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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. Use our Heidelberg itinerary maker to add Studentenkarzer and other attractions to your Heidelberg vacation plans.
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  • Richly preserved, this kazer is a wonderful piece of preserved University history! It's not to be missed! Go upstairs and view the art, poetry and graffiti on the walls of this holding area for unruly...  more »
  • If you have patience and interest, are staying here forever and marvel at the drawings and writings on the walls. Generations of young men about the taken knowing nothing basically be here alive. I loved it and would come over and over again!
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  • Make sure to get the audio guide. The visit actually includes the university museum and Great Hall as well as the student jail. The cost is 3 Euros. 
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  • 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
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  • Historic place with a lot of things to see in the museum