Studentenkarzer (Student Prison), Heidelberg

Studentenkarzer (Student Prison), Heidelberg

The University of Heidelberg was founded in 1386. By the 16th century, city residents started complaining about university student antics, and the university decided to install a university prison to keep troublemakers off the streets for a few days. The student prison moved around between several locations.

The student prison currently open to visitors was used from 1823 to 1914. Students were incarcerated for offenses such as disturbing the peace, drunkenness, womanizing, and setting townspeople's pigs free.

Students were incarcerated between two days and four weeks, depending on the offense. The prison is the size of an apartment, and prisoners almost coveted a stay in the prison. In fact, it was even considered a rite of passage and a point of pride.

Technically, students were allowed to attend lectures during their time in prison, but most students preferred to skip class. Instead, student prisoners spent their time drawing on the walls and crafting poems. This marvelous graffiti is on walls, above doors, and on the ceiling.

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Sight Name: Studentenkarzer (Student Prison)
Sight Location: Heidelberg, Germany (See walking tours in Heidelberg)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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