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Let’s Go to Jail

Oops....the experiment that went wrong! This idea of a student “jail” came about in the 1600s... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
lobstaluva
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Visit the whole complex as it is surprisingly both entertaining and informative

The prison is an amusing small museum to visit and was not very serious place for locking up noisy... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2018
DorsetArk
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

We had no idea that the university used to have complete control over the behaviour of its students in this manner! It is the university that used to judge the students and decide of their punishment. And the writing and drawing on the walls are...More

Thank Hel D
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Oops....the experiment that went wrong! This idea of a student “jail” came about in the 1600s. Students who committed minor offenses were allowed to attend classes and college functions, but had to spend the nights in the “karzer” for a few days to a few...More

Thank lobstaluva
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Pretty easy to find, just ask the local students. Takes less than 30 minutes to get in and out. The story behind it and the history dating back hundreds of years is very cool, especially as the University was opened before America was even discovered.

Thank James O
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

This is sort of interesting to enjoy walking around the charming old city. The “graffiti” is probably more interesting if your German is good. We looked around briefly, read the one explanation of the place that was in English, and shrugged. If you have other...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

The prison is an amusing small museum to visit and was not very serious place for locking up noisy and disruptive partying students of the gay young things era. There are entertaining drawings and graffiti in rooms and on staircases ,walls and ceilings over a...More

Thank DorsetArk
Reviewed 7 June 2018

A lot of graffities in an old building where students have to spend some days, when they are drunken, had troubles with police officers and so on ...

Thank El_lobo_54
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

A must see while in Heidelberg. Just in the back of the Old University, in the heart of the city, reveals lots of stories of the past. Something unique. Needs less than an hour to explore it.

Thank PetrosK464
Reviewed 4 May 2018

Quirky little museum in the old town. Well worth a visit to see the graffiti and artwork which covers the place. Students were incarcerated for a variety of interesting "crimes" that you can read about in several languages. You can also visit the university museum...More

Thank Soozineh
Reviewed 10 April 2018

We had read about the Studentenkarzer in blogs and tour books. We are glad that we made time to stop and see this old student jail. You don't need much time to explore, but it is definitely worth a go. Notably, this is not accessible...More

Thank Dana F
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I was expecting something a little more preserved and museum-like, but it was an interesting stop. Don’t pay just for this, though. Only bother if you’re also visiting the University itself.

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CarolA1533
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Not really--It's a very old building with a rather dark staircase and 3 or 4 flights. If you mobility restricted, this would be very difficult. But there are so many other fantastic things to see and do in Heidelberg! Enjoy!
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