Get Locked up in Heidelberg, Germany, For Fun
Photo is courtesy of Heidelberg Marketing.
From the years 1778 to 1914, students who were found to break the law were adjudicated at Germany's Heidelberg University and housed on campus in a student prison. Students were locked up for between three day and four weeks for their offenses. Mark Twain, who decided he wanted to spend a night at the famous prison said, “It is questionable whether there is a stranger place than this in the history of human crime." He was impressed by the stories that the sayings and pictures on the walls told.
Now you can see it for yourself. Heidelberg Marketing has put together a package, “University - Ruperto Carola since 1386” where you receive in addition to a tour of the prison, “a guide, accommodation, castle ticket and funicular railway ride.” Also included is a three-course dinner at the restaurant Mensurstube At the Hotel Hirschgasse.
If you should decide not to book the package, there are guided public tours of the country’s oldest university at 2:30 p.m. every Saturday. The tours begin at the university square and go through the university library, which is home to the Codex Manesse, the single most comprehensive source of Middle High German Minnesang poetry in the world. You will also tour the assembly hall, and St. Peters Church.
While you are in Heidelberg, check out the copious museums, theaters, historical buildings and monasteries. The city has everything from golfing to river boat trips, and is also home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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