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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 #6 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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95 reviews 95 reviews
26 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Los Angeles, CA
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222 reviews 222 reviews
111 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Since the University here is one of the oldest in the world, it was established as a small college and grew piecemeal. In other words, it does not provide a coherent campus but rather has various buildings scattered around the town, similar to New York University. Finding which buildings are connected to the university will require a good deal of... More

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Munich, Germany
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145 reviews 145 reviews
75 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Try to get there during mid-day to be allowed access to this gem of late 19th-century "interior design"--if this is what you might be looking for ...

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Porto, Portugal
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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The more you walk alongside the river the more chances you have to get into the main street. The great beautiful green hills invite you to go up and visit the castle. The main street with no traffic it is like a "passerelle" of beautiful and historic buildings.Watch the statues in old balconies. Try to guess the secrets of some... More

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Baden-Baden, Germany
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Nice atmosphere, student town, lively atmosphere around. Lots of bikes and cafes around. Some interesting buildings.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Definitely take a look at the main lecture hall, comes with a short speech on the history of the room and university which is interesting

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Netanya, Israel
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

My imagination worked well while visiting the university and I enjoyed it a lot. But the presentation was doing wrong to this splendid marvel and many stories that can be told of the many eras of glory and shame through the years of this great establishment of intellect and power. Still I warmely recommend to visit the museum and enter... More

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