Guided tour

Heidelberg: The University in the Old Town

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9 reviews

Activity provider: Heidelberg Marketing GmbH

Heidelberg: The University in the Old Town

Activity provider: Heidelberg Marketing GmbH

From US$ 15.49 per person

On this 1.5-hour guided walking tour, you can experience the Old Auditorium and take a look at the historic students' prison (Karzer) with a qualified tour guide.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Learn all about the Karzer, the historic students’ prison
  • See the Old Auditorium
  • Visit St. Peter's Church
Full description
The Ruperto Carolao is the oldest University in Germany and was founded in 1386 by Rupert I, Elector Palatine. This walking tour takes you to the University Library, which houses the world-famous Medieval song collection Codex Manesse, and across the road to St. Peter’s Church, the oldest church in the Old Town. The Alte Aula, or 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.
  • Tour with qualified tour guide
  • Admission to university institutions
  • Tip
  • Meals
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Neckarmünzplatz, in front of the tourist information office: Obere Neckarstraße 33, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany.

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4.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

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Informative, amusing, entertaining.

May 7, 2018

Very good tour with Ms. Schmidt

Wonderful tour and very informative tour with Ms. Schmidt, thank you very much

April 9, 2018

Entertaining and informative tour

The university tour was very informative and entertaining. The 90 minutes have passed too quickly. We could have listened to the lady forever.

October 16, 2016

Product ID: 191726