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Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)

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Address: Augustinergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Phone Number: 06221/54-23-34
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Students who broke the rules while attending the Heidelberg University could find themselves in the student prison for students. Students who broke public laws did not have to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Community of Madrid, Spain
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It is very small but it is impressive thinking what was happening there just before the world war started, which means that those teenagers that were being punished just because of bad behaviour, some years after would live a proper punishment...the war.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Students who broke the rules while attending the Heidelberg University could find themselves in the student prison for students. Students who broke public laws did not have to respond to public authorities but rather were judged by the University who meted out punishments after a trial. The punishment was usually banishment to the University prison where the students covered the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Your admittance to the Student Jail is included in your University Museum ticket. It's cool to see the graffiti. There's a 1-page write up about the room. You won't spend more than 15-20 min there, but totally worth it.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

In days gone by student who were guilty of offences such as womanising, drinking and letting the farmers pigs out were sent to this prison. In reality it is a small apartment in the city centre, with a few rather austere rooms. However, what makes it fun is the graffiti and the sheer sillyness of such an idea. It's certainly... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Before the First World War changed Prussian society forever, old Heidelberg University was one big frat party. Getting locked in the Studentenkarzer for some prank like drunkenness and public urination just meant you were a good old boy. In fact, some of the upper crust society were so sentimental about their stay in this jail that they would come back... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Good place to visit if you are strolling down the main alley of Heidelberg. The place is small so it will take only about 30+ minutes to see the place walking up/down the building. 그리고 한국인들님아. 제발 낙서 좀 하지맙시다. 영어/불어/스페인어 등등 세계 각국어로 쓰여진 가이드 안내판 뒤에 한글로 "낙서를 하지 말아주세요"라고 따로 적혀있는걸 보고 얼마나 챙피했던지....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I loved the student jail. We read a bit about it before deciding to check it out, but I did not expect it to be so interesting. The graffiti is extensive, and quite creative. There is a bit of the history written up in several languages for the viewers that explains a bit about the place and the practice of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This was a very interesting and unique venture off of the beaten path. I will admit that the entrance fee was a little bit steep considering, but it was very very interesting. Be prepared for long waits if you don't want other tourists in your photos. But, rest assured that with the proper camera (it's pretty dark in there) you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Interesting story about old Heidelberg University and a place where student engaged in fun and high jinks would go when caught. It became a badge of honor to be sent to Student Prison. I did not like the fact that admission was charged for something that was no more than a 10-15 minute visit.

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Again, best to go and see with the city guide who can tell you the background and some of the original stories with the wall drawings

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