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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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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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  • Any visit to Portugal must include this university tour. It's the oldest university in Europe and the finest.  more »
  • We climbed the hill from the riverside to visit the University which was a challenge but well worthwhile. Buy a combined ticket allowing access to Library, main buildings, Science faculty and gardens ...  more »
  • When visit this place you travel on history visiting one of the oldest University in Europe, the library, the monuments the surroundings is something that touchs you directly  more »
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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.