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The University in the Old Town

Founded by Prince Elector Ruprecht I. in 1386, the “Ruperto Carola” is Germany’s oldest university and one of the most venerable education facilities in Europe.

The round tour conveys not only the university’s history but also provides an insight into student life. It takes you from the university library via the Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church), the oldest church in Heidelberg, to the Alte Aula (Old Auditorium) and the historical Studentenkarzer (Student’s Prison). Enjoy the place that once made people suffer! From 1778 to 1914, students were punished here “for trivial offenses”.

  • 1403 Studierende Universitaetsplatz Foto Christoph Duepper
  • 954 Studentenkarzer Foto Tobias Schwerdt
  • 1405 Studierende Universitaetsplatz Christoph Duepper
  • Alte Universität ©Heidelberg Marketing GmbH

Price € 11.50, discount price € 9.50 *
including admission to the Alte Aula (Old Auditorium)/Studentenkarzer (Student’s Prison)

Duration 1.5 – 2 hours


April – October Only in German: Saturday 3:00 pm

Meeting point

Neckarmünzplatz, in front of the Tourist Information

Minimum number of participants 5 people


There is no guided tour during the Old Town Festival Heidelberger Herbst (Heidelberg Autumn).

* Eligibility criteria for the reduced price: school and university students (up to 28 years old), people with disabilities and a disabled person’s pass; and owners of the HDCARD. The companion of a person with a disability and a disabled person’s pass is admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at our Tourist Information.

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