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Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat)

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Address: Grabeng. 1-3, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Phone Number: 06221 542-152
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Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed 12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Founded in 1368, this famous university is one of Germany's oldest and most...

Founded in 1368, this famous university is one of Germany's oldest and most prestigious.

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One of the Oldest Universities in Europe

Countless Nobel Prize winners were on the H'berg faculty over the years making it one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Interesting factoid: while in power, Hitler... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
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Gallivare, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everyone in central Europe is very familiar with this particular university given it was one of the oldest in Europe (apart from Italy, England and Czech). So naturally I was looking very much forward to visitng this place. But I was quite dissapointed to see just a small stable style house proclaiming to be the majestic university historical building. When... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Countless Nobel Prize winners were on the H'berg faculty over the years making it one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Interesting factoid: while in power, Hitler prohibited any of their winners from accepting the prize. Many of the displays are kind of lackluster, but be sure to see the ancient lecture hall - it is stunning! Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Xmas in Germany is outstanding. I brought a university sweatshirt. There were street vendors near by selling wares and this hot wine that reminded me of hot cider. I reflected on the history of the university and it is older than the United States.

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Alytus, Lithuania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Especially impressive- Great hall- Alte Aula. Ferdinand Kellers painting on the front wall depicts the arrival of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom and the arts. You can feel arriving of wisdom...

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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Really nice student's city to visit! A lot of arquitecture, lakes and bridges. Totally recommended. Don't miss it!

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Thank Jim F
Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you go to Heidelberg Castle, the University is right next to it and worth seeing. The grounds are beautiful and you may see a student or two in their educational dress . . . fun and interesting.

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Thank TomRossAtlanta
Palm City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Nice place for a leisurely walk, and interesting architecture and history. Don't miss a quick view of the library.

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Welland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We made a beeline for the University during a stop in Heidelberg because we wanted to see the ancient institution. I guess the good thing is that it is a functioning university, filled with students and classrooms and energy. It's not really a tourist destination. Hard to see any evidence of historical buildings. Not a bad thing for a school,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We walked all around campus but didn't see any buildings older than about 1920's. There was construction going on so maybe older buildings were in construction area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The old university campus at Alt-stadt is beautiful. Don't miss it. It has plenty to offer. There are three areas that you should explore. First, the student jail. Nothing fantastic. It was a prison to confine naughty boys in the school in the old days. Second, the university museum. This is something to look at. Exchange your passport for an... More 

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