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Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)

Augustinergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Ranked #9 of 48 attractions in Heidelberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Be sure to take time to find out the background of this site, otherwise it is a bit pointless. Apparently, students were "locked up" here for minor infractions/pranks, and it was considered a MUST to have been locked up at some point during their studies. They left momentos in the form of graffiti on the walls and within the cells,... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Quirky spot, not really a jail in the traditional sense but worth a look, an interesting part of the university's history

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The visit didn't take very long, but it was definitely fascinating enough to make it worth the trip. The paintings from students during their confinement were especially interesting because it was apparent by the style of art and lettering that many of the pictures were done in another era. I had been studying German for about a year and a... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I went with a group of friends as none of them had ever heard of this before. The prison part of the museum was amazing. I just couldn't imagine what it would have been like for a student there. The pictures on the walls were amazing, but I was really sad to see all the modern graffiti from people. It's... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is the highlight of visiting the old town. Very nice to see graffiti and drawings from students during their confinement. They really have good skill to do it on walls and on ceiling!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The story of the Student Jail is very interesting. The visit in not long at all. Unfortunately the grafiti on the walls would likely be much more exciting if I could understand the language (my personal limitiation). The thought and history behind is very interesting. It was only a few Euros to take the tour.

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