sights / Historic

Studentenkarzer information

Heidelberg , Germany
Street Augustinergasse 2
adult/student incl Universitätsmuseum €3/2.50
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun Apr-Sep, 10am-4pm Tue-Sat Oct-Mar
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Lonely Planet review

From 1823 to 1914, students convicted of misdeeds such as public inebriation, loud nocturnal singing, freeing the local pigs or duelling were sent to the Student Jail, where they were ‘inkarzerated’ for at least 24 hours and, for the first two days, fed only bread and water. Delinquents were let out to attend lectures or take exams. In certain circles, a stint in the Karzer was de rigueur to prove one’s manhood. Judging by the inventive graffiti and creative inscriptions, some found their stay highly entertaining.