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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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  • A nice restaurante for typical german food. The food is excellent, as much as the attention. Prices are ok  more »
  • With one ticket you can visit Student Prison, a gallery and 130 years old university great hall! Student prison has great graffitis on the walls, small place though.  more »
  • The Student Prison is a unique spot to explore. Others in our tour group didn't even know about it's existence! It's like a gallery of decades long mischief has been captured on the walls, yet stands ...  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