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Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)

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Address: Augustinergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Phone Number: +49 6221 542334

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An afternoon in Heidelberg

Make sure to get the audio guide. The visit actually includes the university museum and Great Hall as well as the student jail. The cost is 3 Euros.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This has to be the most unique museum that I have ever visited in Europe. It is the student jail for Heidelberg University and at some point became a badge of honor for the student body where you almost had to get in trouble to save face and spend a night there. The ticket is 3 euro and will also... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Studentenkarzer, "Student Prison" at The University of Heidelberg. As long ago as the 16th Century, citizen complaints about carousing students. As a result, the Studentenkarzer was created to keep academic miscreants off the streets for three days to four weeks at a time. Although it was closed down in 1914, the graffiti on the walls was well preserved. Don't miss... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Richly preserved, this kazer is a wonderful piece of preserved University history! It's not to be missed! Go upstairs and view the art, poetry and graffiti on the walls of this holding area for unruly college students. It's unique, colorful and well preserved! Fun to see what these creative students did to these walls to mask their boredom during confinement!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Make sure to get the audio guide. The visit actually includes the university museum and Great Hall as well as the student jail. The cost is 3 Euros.

Thank shelleysusan
Zeist, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is quite a unique place, a prison where students where interred for a short period which they mainly spend painting and writing on the walls. It somehow felt really real, you could easily imagine the student's in there! Wish there was a little guide which could help you spot the most special/unique paintings though, there was soo much!

Thank TCuperus
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

You will need to either read up or have a guide to explain about this student jail, i happen to chance upon a lecturer explaining to its foreign students about this attraction.

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Mooreville, Mississippi, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

It was a great idea then...and would be a great idea now! Kinda like an "In-school" suspension room or a "time out" for college students. But to pay for a quick look-see is a rip-off. The graffiti on the walls is in German, so English-only folks like me don't have a clue. Save your money.

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is a fascinating place to visit, much unlike any other attraction you're likely to have visited. The University of Heidelberg apparently had its own jurisdiction over its students until the 1880s, and would confine mischievous students to the Student Jail for shorter periods of time. There's lots of courful graffiti from the former inmates on the walls. Your ticket... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

very interesting. Especially if somebody thing that it conserns Germany. Jmail for students? Indeed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

This place was recommended to me by a local friend. Its history is interesting. The medieval universities in Germany had their own judiciary. Criminal students could not be arrested by ordinary police, they had to be judged by the university and be imprisoned in the student jail. This was more a fun game for many students and a kind of... More 

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