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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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  • All paintings, notched names on walls and furniture are the witnesses of the history of these students prison. It was an honor and a must to be locked up and as a student one time that a not-too-serious offense. During the imprisonment there were baskets with wine and good food hoisted up. That was condoned by the guards.
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  • If you do the English -speaking tour you get taken in here as part of the price. The place is festooned with art work created by the former inmates in celebration of their incarceration!  more »
  • We were here during a city walk, very nice to see. Never knew that students in Heidelberg had their own prison. Out of boredom they made drawings on the walls, floors everywhere.
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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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