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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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  • This has to be the most unique museum that I have ever visited in Europe. It is the student jail for Heidelberg University and at some point became a badge of honor for the student body where you almo...  more »
  • Textbooks here is many school and university textbooks include. Also the students who enter this site was one of pride and. You can see the graffiti that students have left.
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  • Very cool attraction! The lockup is still very authentic and it is a very nice stay for "Hobbie historian" and detectives to investigate the graffiti on the walls and to have fun on the sayings of the students. The explanations are very good, if also not overwhelmingly attractive. Definitely to be recommended for interested in history!
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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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  • Very strange and nice place to visit
  • Historic place with a lot of things to see in the museum