Alte Universitaet
Alte Universitaet
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12:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Founded in 1368, this famous university is one of Germany's oldest and most prestigious.
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
As part of our Heidelberg walking tour we stopped in Heidelberg University's square where the lion statue is located. Most buildings for German universities are just spread out throughout the city. There are numerous school buildings throughout Heidelberg.
Written 19 May 2023
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We love history and historic buildings. Here you have a university that predates American universities by centuries.
Written 5 October 2022
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Alfred V
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,721 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The Heidelberg University is one of the oldest in Germany (est. 1385). Especially worthwhile are the Great Hall and the spectacular library next door.
Written 24 September 2020
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myraevans1942
Toronto, Ontario325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Visit the University in Heidelberg, one of the oldest in Germany, just to see this spectacular library.
Written 9 October 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The white Old University building is located at Grabenstrasse and Hauptstrasse on the square with the Lion Fountain. Originally on this spot an Augustine monastery was located, but when Heidelberg was razed in the war in the late 1600s, it was decided to build a new university there. The building is sometimes referred to as Domus Wilhelmina after Prince Elector Johan Wilhelm who had started building this university, two years before his death, in 1712.

On the square in front of the old university building is a Lion Fountain. The lion sculpture, created from red sandstone, represents the power/authority of the Palatine rulers who had a lion in their coat of arms. The fierce looking lion, with his tongue sticking out(I forgot the symbolism for the tongue), sits on a high pedestal placed in the fountain basin. Long spouts pour water that is easily reachable into the basin, as the fountain, in 1712, was the citizens' water supply. There was no seating or patio tables on this square to impede either university students visiting the administration offices inside the building, or tourists visiting the University Museum/Alte Aula..

The student jail can be accessed on Augustinergasse at the back of the old university building. Its entrance has a large sidewalk sign so its easily recognizable. There is a 3E combo admission fee to see the graffiti on the walls of the cells that unruly students had left after being held from 1 night to 2-4 weeks for bad pranks.

The University Museum and Alte Aula (a Great Hall) are included in this ticket. Both might be more worth a visit than the jail. An audioguide provides information about the paintings, documents, and photos about the university's history to present day.

The Alte Aula which is used for assemblies is one floor up where the ceiling frescoes show the 4 faculties of the university had at the time that the hall was built - law. medicine, science, and philosophy.

If visiting time is limited, I would skip these 3 interior attractions, and just focus on photographing the exteriors of the university buildings in this area.
Written 25 June 2019
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
The Old University, a Baroque building dating back to early 18 century, houses the University Museum and the famous Studentenkarzer (student prison).

The original entrance of the student prison is located in the back of the Old University building. Tourist should enter the prison from the University Museum.

The Great Hall is located on the 2nd floor (first floor of European system) of the library. It is a magnificent neo-Renaissance decorated hall with busts and portraits of the university’s founders, benefactors and important academics. On the ceiling are frescoes depicting the four faculties of the old university – theology, law, medicine and philosophy.

Joint ticket for the University Museum, the Student Prison and the Great Hall costs 3 Euro.
Written 8 March 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
University of Heidelberg, Germany's oldest, dating to 1386. On the university square stand the two buildings of the old town campus, with the old university building dating to the 18th century on the northern side and the newer one dating to the 1930s at its southern end.
Written 1 February 2019
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Cathy NJ PA
York, PA36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Back in the day, university students were caught and "imprisoned" in the tower when they misbehaved. It was fun to read their comments scribbled on the walls long ago. Although we didn't spend much time, we were glad we made this stop on our trip. Afterwards, we made our way around the corner to the bookstore and bought a sweatshirt.
Written 9 December 2018
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Gureni L
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates1,574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
One of the oldest universities in the World started in the early 16th century by Elector Friederick II "The Wise."
Written 25 September 2018
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AggieJoe79
Haymarket, VA967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We visited the university as part of a day trip. Very charming, lively place. I'm a university professor in the U.S., so was interested to see how an 800 year old university compared to one less than 100 years (very favorably). Beautiful cathedral, buildings, squares, located in a beautiful riverfront setting in the old section of Heidelberg. Lots of similarities though, lots of bikes, posters, classrooms, lively student vibe. Lots of tourists/tourism, but worth the trip!
Written 5 August 2018
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