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“Unexpected highlight of our trip”

Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)
Ranked #18 of 102 things to do in Heidelberg
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The student prison was the unexpected highlight of our trip to Heidelberg.

I didn't know much about the prison before we went in and was utterly astonished to see a whole floor of rooms covered from top to toe with artistic grafitti. My only regret was not to have bought the guidebook before we went in (there is a basic information panel on site, but the book goes into much more detail about specific artworks on the walls and helps put it all into context). As others have said, it is sad to see that some visitors have felt the need to add modern graffitti on top of the historic art.

The entry fee also included access to an exhibition about the history of the university (unfortunately only the displays about the later history of the university were available in english) and the Alte Aula (Old hall) which is a beautiful space in its own right.

The only minor grumbles we had were over the disorganised admission desk and museum shop, where we had to wait fifteen minutes to pay, but it's worth putting up with such minor inconveniences for the reward of a visit.

2  Thank FolkestoneJack
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

this visit was part of the guided citywalk. Very interesting to see this, a must do ! great to see the beds and the texts on the walls

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Be sure to take time to find out the background of this site, otherwise it is a bit pointless. Apparently, students were "locked up" here for minor infractions/pranks, and it was considered a MUST to have been locked up at some point during their studies. They left momentos in the form of graffiti on the walls and within the cells, and it is interesting to see that graffiti today. It only took a few minutes to look here, and we also stopped by the old lecture room on the second floor of the same building, which I thought was even more interesting. This was included in our "official" walking tour.

2  Thank NicoleMe8
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Quirky spot, not really a jail in the traditional sense but worth a look, an interesting part of the university's history

Thank Megan954
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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.

Thank HaveBabyWillTravel97
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