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University Library / Manesse Collection

Heidelberg has a famous old university library, which is located in a wonderful terracotta-coloured art-noveau building, close to the Jesuit Church. Though it is a "working library", it also houses a (free) exhibition of historic books, the highlights of the library collection. (located on the second level of the library building).

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Jul 10, 2009

Heidelberg University

Let's face it, a lot of visitors come to study here at the "Ruperto Carola" or Ruprecht-Karl University for shorter or longer periods (25% of students are foreigners) and the university is one of the oldest in Germany, with Hegel and Bunsen being just two of its famous alumni. You can visit the famous main building including the "Altes Aula", or Old Assembly Hall. Apart from that, there is a museum these days, which show you the history of the university. At the back of the building are the old detention rooms where students which committed offenses had to sit for up to four weeks. Offenses could include drunk and disorderly behaviour or even duelling which was very much in fashion here. Incredibly enough, the university itself had the right to imprison students in this way between 1778 and 1914! Today, the university is mostly known for its science subjects like medicine and mathematics, and has around 30000 students.

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Nov 17, 2006

University - The Student's Prisons

The Students' Prison is located at the back of the Old University in the "Augustinergasse". From 1778 until 1914, students were imprisoned here for so called "Kavaliersdelikte" (meaning minor transgressions which were kind of fashionable among otherwise honorable gentlemen inscribed at the Heidelberg University, most of them being members of student fraternities).

Common offenses were disturbance of peace, especially after excessive drinking at night, insulting official authorities or playing jokes at them as well as participating in duelling. During these years, the University administration was embodied with an autonomous jurisdiction and had the legal right to detain students. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, imprisonment would last from three days to four weeks. One was allowed, however, to attend lectures. After classes, the juvenile delinquents had to return to jail. Biding their time, many of the young prisoners "decorated" the walls with graffitis and paintings. Their "artwork" is still preserved and to be seen at the Students' Prison.

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Nov 29, 2004

Academy of Science

The Academy of Science is part of the university of Heidelberg, the oldest in Germany and even one of the oldest in Europe. The university was founded in 1385 and has over 27,000 students today. That means one in five residents of Heidelberg is a student. The university makes Heidelberg one of the youngest cities in Germany. That's why Heidelberg differs a lot from other city in Germany.

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Feb 18, 2004
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New university

Just round the corner, you'll see the new university. I forgot when it was built, because it is not new any more. I was told, that the new university is a gift from an american to Heidelberg.
But most of the real new university buildings are not in the old part of the town, but in the "Neuenheimer Feld"

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Sep 22, 2003

Alte Universitat.

The Old University, designed by a well-known Mainz architect called Johann Adam Breuning, it was built in 1712 – 1735 on the site of the previous, 16th century structure. Though it must be said that the University is more famous for its academic record than for the building… However, I digress here. On the northern wall and ceilings there are paintings by F. Keller. Right in front of the University building’s entrance there’s quite a remarkable fountain, featuring the sculpture (unfortunately, I do not remember the author) that represents the heraldic Palatinate lion.

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Jun 16, 2003

Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University is Germany´s oldest and most traditional university (immortalised in Sigmund Romberg's operetta 'The Student Prince'). It was founded in 1386 and one in five residents is a student. This makes Heidelberg one of Germany‘s youngest cities. Many graduates stay on to work at the many prominent international research centres in the area. You can visit the student´s gaol (Studentenkarzer) daily except Sundays and holidays, which was in use form 1712 to 1914 for unruly students, whose graffiti are still in evidence.

In the library (open daily except Sunday) the Codex Manesse from the 14th century, a collection of Middle High German poetry, illuminated with 137 exquisite miniatures, can be seen.

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Nov 20, 2002

University of Heidelberg

The University has many venues. The pic shows the Witch's or Thief's Tower. In the courtyard of the New University, it is part of the medieval city fortification from the 13 th century.,

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Oct 06, 2005

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"Germany's most romantic city: HEIDELBERG"
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"This is not Heidelberg Castle, is it???"
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"Huckleberry Berg"
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"Heidelberg – a constant inspiration"
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"Nemorino in Heidelberg"
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Best Use of Jail Time besides Shawshank

Back in 1991, as a college student, I thought the university student jail was quite interesting. While in jail, the students whiled away the hours sketching on the jail's walls.

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Dec 24, 2003

Old university

There are no students any more studying in the old university. There is an university museum inside. I must admit, that I haven't been inside.

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Sep 06, 2003

You must check out the Old...

You must check out the Old University which Heidelberg is famous for....

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Aug 24, 2002

Things To Do in Heidelberg

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The Philosophenweg (i. e. Philosophers' path) is a path situated in a green area that lies on a hill overlooking the Neckar river and the old core of Heidelberg. Here you can have a stroll, rest a bit...
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Castle - Schloss

Some exterior shots of the building. I always quite like the fine details on a grand building like this. Brick walls are not very interesting but details of arches and entry ways make a building look...
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Old Town/Altstadt

a tour of Heidelberg is not complete without a walking tour of the old town of Heidelberg as the Old Town has many historical Landmarks and buidlings of which a bus tour could not do as most streets...
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the Kornmarkt of the Grain Market is a smaller square in Heidelberg which is smaller than the grander Marktplatz, located 100 meters west of the kornmarkt (where the Rathaus and Church of the Holy...
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Old Bridge

The City Gate of Heidelberg lies at the southern end of the famous Old bridge and it leads to Steingrasse Street leading to the Church of The Holy Spirit. The city gates were built in 1788 alongside...
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this famous Gothic Church which lies along the Marketplatz area of Heidelberg and is the tallest structure in the city beside the Castle Heidelberg, is formerly a joint place of worship between the...
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