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Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat)

Grabeng. 1-3, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
06221 542-152
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Ranked #5 of 48 Attractions in Heidelberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, History Museums, Historic Walking Areas
Description: Founded in 1368, this famous university is one of Germany's oldest and most prestigious.
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Bangor, Maine
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Visiting the oldest university in Germany was a highlight of our trip to Heidelberg for my husband. However, don't expect to see a lot of ancient buildings, as very few survive. Most of the current university was built about 1931, with American funds. The architecture is very traditional, so you wouldn't necessarily guess it's 20th century origins. It was, nonetheless,... More

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Moscow, Russia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Walk around the Old University, the oldest university in Germany, with its old buildings, student prison and wonderful library. The visit is a must if you are in Heidelberg, it has been the heart of the city for centuries.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

One of the most outstanding places that I ever been! One of the oldest university in Germany an a study/work place of many Nobel Prize awards! You can enter in The Room of the 13th century where generations of scientist was. Unforgettable!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Heidelberg is city with lots of universities. This part of town is just amazing. Spot some fine architecture while sitting on a bench.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It was interesting to visit. A few signs were in English - including the ones relating to the history which were helpful. A good background was provided relating to WWII. The Grand Hall was spectacular.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I don't know why but it took me a while to find the building and then to find the entrance to get in. There were 2 ladies in the gift shop, one of which was not very nice as it looked like it was the end of her shift. I walked through the student prison hall in about 5 mins;... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Nice to visit such a representative university specially when we think that 12 noble prizes winners were affiliated to this University. Do not miss the visit to the Lecture Hall, which is impressive. It is usually closed for visits on mondays.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We did a tour of the university as part of a town guided tour; this is the way to do it as our guide brought it's history to life!

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Wodonga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the students prison and the grand hall. The museum is worth a visit also. There is a cost but well worth while

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Interesting to see the oldest university of Germany, still operating today. With 3 Euro you can visit the magnificent Aula (lectures hall), the student jail and the university museum

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