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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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  • You should really look at the lockup. It has more rooms than in other cities here in Heidelberg. Probably always many young people have studied here. That's here was a partially happy change from the study routine, you can tell the sayings and drawings on the walls. Some are nowadays not so understandable, some also refer to the related fraternity, but basically you can feel but the spirit and the opposition, which also was put in the minds. Tickets currently cost 3 euros maximum, that's all right if you consider that there is such a site yes no longer and it is therefore really authentic.
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  • Up the stairs. "imprisoned students" that was somehow image the underground is actually on the second floor, on the 3rd floor was student jail. One wall was covered with graffiti fine Unity also is quite interesting. Unfortunately is in apparently had graffiti on the tourists.
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  • I thought it went sideways from the main road, so might miss, but we should try. Anywhere put students who were bad at that time should be, but rather that the medal so was thinking otherwise, that record I was covered with graffiti. A good state of preservation, so felt like art. Shop College mark is a fashionable t-shirt.
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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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Most of the city's lodging is centralized near Altstadt, the Old Town. Here cafes, shops, and tourist sites line the cobbled streets. Many of the guesthouses here work hard to retain the area's historical feel.
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