University of Coimbra, Coimbra

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Take a tour of University of Coimbra, one of the world's oldest operating universities and a World Heritage Site. Established in 1290, it is a founding member of the Coimbra Group, which incorporates the leading European research universities. Approximately 20,000 students attend the institution, studying the arts, engineering, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, sports, and technology. You can take a guided tour of this historical complex, which covers the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Chapel, Baroque Library, and Academic Prison. Make University of Coimbra a part of your Coimbra vacation plans using our Coimbra trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Bologna is the oldest but also the old faculty are scattered. Here is all collected in the upper part of the city. Take the combined ticket adapt all the times and explore everything that is open to the public. Take a stroll among the modern buildings to piazza Dom Luiz and descend until the Roman aqueduct. Attention: bars and restaurants are in the neighborhoods, there's a street vendor who sells ice cream and yoghurt water!
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  • August 19, 2017
    The visit is nice especially if you go early and there is nobody. On the other hand I agree that prices are excessive for visiting a University. What is most interesting in this tour is the library and the tower. The chapel closed between noon and 2.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Nice building with majestic rooms for discussion of the thesis. Terrace with magnificent view of the whole city
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  • It's a bit pricy but is worth the visit. There are different packages for entering the university, and if you have no particular interest in science and are there just for sightseeing/architecture, then go for the package that give you access to the chapel/Phdcommencement room/the library. P.s. if you get lost in the building and accidentally walk into one of their empty class rooms, snap a quick picture and then politely find your way out back to the tourist area. It's easy to get lost and these class rooms are actually used for students who study there...
  • The city of students, full of life and natural beauty.
  • Beautiful historic building with gorgeous views of the city. Worth a visit.
  • A gorgeous medival university and town, absolutely worth the visit! So easy to go by train from Lisbon. People are so friendly and nice! I just loved it.
  • Not a whole lot to see unless you go inside, which we didn't. Pretty buildings and views though.

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Where to stay in Coimbra

Indulge in the medieval splendor of Coimbra by booking a hotel in the city's historical hilltop and hillside central area, which is home to the majority of its hotels and guesthouses. By staying right in the middle of the Old Town, you'll have medieval monasteries, Renaissance homes, and Baroque halls right at your doorstep. You'll also be within walking distance of the city's famed university complex. Alternatively, try staying in one of the center's youth hostels, which offer shared rooms, lockers, breakfast, and a comfortable bed at a fraction of the cost of an upscale hotel. These accommodations also give you a good base from which you can experience the city's student-fueled nightlife. To get away from the mainstream tourist center a bit, opt for a hotel or bed and breakfast in the quieter residential neighborhoods east of the university.
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