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“Quirky history that is totally worth the visit”

Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)
Ranked #11 of 89 things to do in Heidelberg
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quirky history that is totally worth the visit”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

The visit didn't take very long, but it was definitely fascinating enough to make it worth the trip. The paintings from students during their confinement were especially interesting because it was apparent by the style of art and lettering that many of the pictures were done in another era. I had been studying German for about a year and a half by the time I went, and while I did not understand all of the writing on the wall, it certainly made the trip even more entertaining. Some of the sayings were quite poetic and very deep intellectually (I am not sure if they were original works or quotations from other authors). When you are done with the student prison, you should also check out the museum on the other side of the building (the ticket pays for both)--while the other side is a little more stark, it is fascinating to see just how many Nobel prize winners came from Heidelberg. Afterwards, you are in a very lovely area of the city, so just enjoy walking around and taking it all in.

Visited October 2013
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
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“Great Place to Visit”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

I went with a group of friends as none of them had ever heard of this before.

The prison part of the museum was amazing. I just couldn't imagine what it would have been like for a student there. The pictures on the walls were amazing, but I was really sad to see all the modern graffiti from people. It's a real shame when people come all the way to visit somewhere as nice as that and they just disrespect it.

The grand room was also magnificent. I just wish there was a little information there explaining things. If you can get a tour (I saw a Japanese and a German tour while I was there) then I think it would be much better.

Visited April 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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64 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful prison!”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is the highlight of visiting the old town. Very nice to see graffiti and drawings from students during their confinement. They really have good skill to do it on walls and on ceiling!

Visited December 2013
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“A different kind of history in Heidelberg”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

The story of the Student Jail is very interesting. The visit in not long at all. Unfortunately the grafiti on the walls would likely be much more exciting if I could understand the language (my personal limitiation). The thought and history behind is very interesting. It was only a few Euros to take the tour.

Visited October 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“A must”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Read the story that goes with it!
Very friendly staff at the other entrance - at the university museum entrance

Visited September 2013
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