Alte Universitaet, Heidelberg

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Founded in 1386, Alte Universitaet is Germany's oldest university, ranked among Europe's top universities and the birthplace of modern psychology, sociology, and psychiatry, as well as the alma mater of 11 heads of state. Here you'll find the old lecture halls decorated with frescoes and sculptures, a museum detailing the university's history, and the library--one of Europe's most important since medieval times. The university is also home to the Student Prison, its most curious building. From the 18th century up until 1914, students could be jailed here for offenses like disturbing the peace--though they'd still be let out to go to class through a special door. The centuries' worth of graffiti and paintings they left behind are still visible. A guided tour of the university available, showing you all the most historic sights. Put Alte Universitaet and other Heidelberg attractions into our Heidelberg trip itinerary planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We were only in the old library building. The abundance of students and adults in the library was amazed. In August on Saturday at 11:00 we were shocked. The entrance is free. All the halls were like. Everything breathes study and science. As an architectural landmark - interesting, pretty. Although something special is not worth waiting for.
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  • You can't go to Heidelberg without seeing the old university, the oldest in Germany. The museum is interesting, but the neo-Renaissance-style magna classroom is beautiful, covered entirely of wood. Curious student prison, where students were locked up who were guilty of some wrongdoing or for night-time harassment. Even today, drawings and writings of incarcerated students can be seen on the walls of the prison. The entrance fee for both the museum, the courtroom and the prison is 3 euros.
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  • From the inside a very nice old building!
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  • The Assembly Hall is very beautiful. The entrance to the historical Museum, the room and lock-up for students-3 euro
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