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The University in the Old Town

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

The oldest University in Germany, the Ruperto Carola was founded in 1386 by Rupert I, Elector Palatine. The walking tour takes you to the University Library, which houses the world-famous Medieval song collection "Codex Manesse", and across the road to the Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church), the oldest church in the Old Town. The Alte Aula (Old Auditorium) and the Karzer, the historic Students' Prison, are two of the stops along the way. Between 1778 and 1914, students were punished for trivial offenses in the Karzer. The tour offers you a chance to get to know the history of the university and its student life.

April - October: Saturday 3:30 pm (except Sept. 28, 2019)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Language: German
Number of participants: The guided tour will take place from a number of 5 people at least.

Meeting Point: Universitätsplatz, Löwenbrunnen

Price: adult € 10.50, reduced € 8.50 (pupils, students (up to 28 years old), persons with a disabled persons's pass and HeidelbergCARD-holders are entitled to reduced fares.

Admission into the Old Auditorium and Students' Prison is included.

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