Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), Heidelberg

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Established in the 1600s as a kind of prison to punish misbehaving students, Student Jail (Studentenkarzer) and places like it were prevalent at many German schools until the beginning of the 20th century. Eventually, the punishment became almost a rite of passage among students and turned into more of a social event filled with the sort of debauchery that had once caused a student to land here. Wander the rooms to see the poems, writings, musings, or stories scrawled on the walls, along with the paintings, drawings, and doodles left by the marauding students. If you can read German, you might even be able to pick out a story or two left behind by a student explaining just what he did to end up here. Arrange your visit to Student Jail (Studentenkarzer) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Heidelberg using our Heidelberg trip website.
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  • I suppose there are other places in the world where university students incarcerated for mostly petty crimes were permitted to express remarkable artistic creativity on the walls — and where that... 
    I suppose there are other places in the world where university students incarcerated for mostly petty crimes were permitted to express remarkable artistic creativity on the walls — and where that...  more »
  • Visited here thinking we could also see the University Library, big mistake! Given a time slot to visit 30 mins later, we paid 4 euros each and returned for a visit which took us less than 10 mins... 
    Visited here thinking we could also see the University Library, big mistake! Given a time slot to visit 30 mins later, we paid 4 euros each and returned for a visit which took us less than 10 mins...  more »
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  • For those who were students once.
  • Student jail or student prison is an extremely distributing concept to myself as a millennial coming from the American higher education system. There is no such thing as unruly students. There is such thing known as paid customers. I guess you just don't lock up paid customers who provided more than 40000 USD dollars to the a higher education institution every year. Yes, this prestigious institution still charged less than 300 dollars a year.

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