Alte Universität (Old University Building), Heidelberg

Alte Universität (Old University Building), Heidelberg (must see)

Heidelberg University was founded in 1386 on instruction of Pope Urban VI and is Germany's oldest university and one of the oldest surviving universities in the world. Over thirty Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the university in its history.

The Old University Building was built between 1712 and 1728. It was named "Wilhelm's House" to honor Elector Johann Wilhelm.

The Old University Building houses the university museum and the Rector's Office, and the historic student prison can be seen at the back of the building.

The Great Hall is located on the first floor and is a dramatic example of the university's heritage. The hall was renovated in 1886 to celebrate the university's 500th anniversary.

The Great Hall features busts and paintings honoring university founders, academics, benefactors, and innovators. This impressive space is used for academic ceremonies, celebrations, lectures, and concerts.

The university museum features exhibits celebrating Germany's oldest university. Exhibits begin with the university's 1386 founding and walk visitors through the university's history.

For centuries the lion fountain in front of the building's western facade was one of Heidelberg's most important drinking water sources for local population.

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Sight Name: Alte Universität (Old University Building)
Sight Location: Heidelberg, Germany (See walking tours in Heidelberg)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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