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Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)

Augustinergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Ranked #11 of 47 attractions in Heidelberg
Type: Historic Sites
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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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Read the story that goes with it! Very friendly staff at the other entrance - at the university museum entrance

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Hoschton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Thank goodness we did not have this at American universities, or I may have never graduated! A clever way to administer justice to students that got out of line. Take time to read some of the graffiti it can be very interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This is a 5 minute type deal, but kind of neat to see the walls of the rooms covered with the graffiti of the students who spent time here for illegal fencing duels, carousing, and such. Worth the few euro entry fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This was a place where University authority used, between 1778 until 1914, to punish and detain the University students who violated the university rules such as Kavaliersdelikte; the minor transgressions.The length of stays could be read from the graffiti that documented by the jailed students. Writing the graffiti on the wall was sort of their ways to vent and to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Having been a bit naughty myself during school years, the thought of been outcast here was frightening and may have acted as a deterrent. Definitely a few ghosts here and worthy of the modest entrance fee. the fee includes entrance to the nearby museum as well. Both destinations take about an hour. Very nice people at the museum.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The very small, somewhat hard to find student jail houses a small university centered gift shop with some fun things and a very friendly and helpful staff person. It makes a great photo and a fun quick stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

we visited the old university and were told about the jail which was around the block. We went and visited it and it does not take long to visit. Rather interesting custom of the university having its own justice system

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

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. They were incarcerated in this unique, small jail, where they entertained themselves by covering the walls, and ceilings, with what is now historic graffiti. It costs very little to enter... More

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