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Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat) Tours

Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat)
The Old Heidelberg University, Germany's oldest university, was build in the early 1700s. It now holds the Rector's Office, the Old Assembly Hall, and the University Museum. The museum shows the history of the university beginning with its foundation in 1386 through today. Exhibits, portraits, and documents explain this history in three different sections. There's one about the Palatinate electors, one about the Baden era, and one about the twentieth century. In addition to the permanent exhibits, every few months there is a new special exhibit opens. 

In the square in front of the building is a fountain of a lion, called Löwenbrunnen. The lion was the symbol of the Palatinate. At the back of the Old University, visitors can see the student prison, which was in use until 1914 and is now one of the most popular attractions in the city. Students could be put in the prison from two days to four weeks depending on the offense, although life there was quite comfortable.

Practical Info

The Old Heidelberg University is located at Grabengasse 1. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm in April through September, and until 4pm in October. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm in November through March. Admission is 2.50 euros. 
Address: Grabengasse 1, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg 69117, Germany
Hours: Tues-Sun. April-Sept: 10am-6pm; Oct: Tues-Sun 10am-4pm; Nov-March Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
Admission: 2.50 euros
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Alternative Heidelberg Tour.

Alternative Heidelberg Tour.

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A chance to get off the main tourist trail and visit some of the 'other' wonders of Heidelberg. Get a glimpse into everyday life and what it's like to live in Germany's most beautiful city. Learn about German culture & customs and have a truly authentic Heidelberg experience. For example visit Cafes the locals go to, an organic Supermarket, hidden away Churches, back streets and other attractions of the City. For travelers wanting a real & in the moment tour to enhance your stay.
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Heidelberg Public Walking Tour

Heidelberg Public Walking Tour

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Acquaint yourself with historic Heidelberg during this brief walking tour which includes stops at key attractions like Germany’s oldest university and the Church of the Holy Spirit, among others. Plus, learn more about the region’s history and prominent thinkers from your guide than you could alone.
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Heidelberg old Town Tour.

Heidelberg old Town Tour.

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Find hidden gems on this guided walking tour of Old Town Heidelberg and its castle. Traveling with a guide allows you to visit some spots that independent travelers may miss while listening to engaging commentary on the city's architecture, art, and culinary scene. Stroll down the streets of the Old Town to see history with your own eyes, then step in to the castle to visit the castle garden, the courtyard, and the wine cellar.
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Bicycle Tour from Heidelberg to quaint Ladenburg.

Bicycle Tour from Heidelberg to quaint Ladenburg.

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Enjoy a short bicycle trip out of Heidelberg town into the surrounding countryside along quiet, car-free rural lanes. Just 10 mins ride from the Centre of Heidelberg you can find yourself in the peace & tranquility of the local Nature.    Relax & rejuvenate as you ride through open fields and enjoy the beautiful views onto the nearby hills of the Bergstrasse, Germany's Riviera. Our destination is the charming old town of Ladenburg, once an important Roman settlement & home to Karl Benz, founder of the Automobile. If you are a car enthusiast we can visit the fascinating Carl Benz Auto Museum packed with an array of classic cars chronicling the history of the Mercedes brand. Here we can stroll around the quaint old streets and have a drink in a nice cafe by the Market Square.    Then we can gently pedal back to Heidelberg passing farms and the renowned 'Neuenheimer Felder' - the fertile fields where local fruit & vegetables are grown.
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Exclusive Private Tour of Heidelberg.

Exclusive Private Tour of Heidelberg.

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Enjoy your very own exclusive & private tour of Heidelberg with a local expert. Learn about the town's long & fascinating history - including Heidelberg's direct connection to the English Royal Family, invasion by the French in 1692 & proud home of Germany's oldest University. Visit all the main sites of the charming Old Town & then take a tour of the famous Castle & it's expansive Garden.
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Private day excursion from Heidelberg with Mercedes S-class

Private day excursion from Heidelberg with Mercedes S-class

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See the castles and countryside surrounding Heidelberg from the comfort of your private Mercedes with this full-day, guided, private tour. Stop in towns like Heppenheim and see a castle built in the 11th century and indulge in a German lunch in a state park (own expense). Along the way, relax into the vehicle’s onboard massaging seats and luxury options before stopping at Lorsch Abbey and crossing the Rhine River.
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Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat) hours of operation: Tues-Sun. April-Sept: 10am-6pm; Oct: Tues-Sun 10am-4pm; Nov-March Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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