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Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)

Augustinergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
06221/54-23-34
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Ranked #10 of 48 Attractions in Heidelberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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

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Strasbourg, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We really enjoyed this. The student jail was so interesting. It was a little smaller than we expected but really good value for money! Next time we would get the audio guide. There is graffiti and paintings everywhere! Very touching history. The museum attached was great as well. Everything is in German in this part. Great part of our trip!

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Natal, RN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's a quick visit, makes you wonder how the students painted even on the ceiling. Leaves you with more questions than answers.

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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

As part of an English language 1.5 hour day-tour around Heidelberg, we were taken to this place. No big deal, but kind of fun actually. I wondered if students had been imprisoned for bad grades, but was informed that it was for behavior infractions. I was reminded of an O'Henry story where an indigent guy breaks a store window so... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Student Jail wasn´t perhaps as bad as it sounded. They where allowed to bring colours to paint and many students actually wanted to stay in Student Jail at least once. Today it´s full of paintings, names and dates of the inmates, which I found interesting, to see what they actually painted and how. The jail is today decorated and... More

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Dallas, Texas
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The history of this place is included in one of my pictures. Basically, this was a place for students to serve time when there was a rule infraction at the university in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While there, students would show their rebellion by literally drawing graffiti on every surface, top to bottom. It was fascinating to... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Very interesting place. Shows a snapshot of history from the perspective of students attending the university hundreds of years ago and the disciplinarian culture at that time. Time in the student prison was considered a rite of passage, and no doubt from the graffiti the students took advantage of their time there.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was a little difficult to find, but well worth the effort. University students were once under the jurisdiction of the school, and could be punished for breaking the law.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 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... More

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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 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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