Museums and CollectionsStudent Prison

Student Prison, located in the back of the Old University.

The student prison was established in the 1780s and was in operation until 1914. Today it is one of the most popular sights of Heidelberg.

From 1823 to 1914 students were incarcerated for such transgressions as night-time carousing or other offences against the public order. The university enjoyed autonomous jurisdiction over students for its first five hundred years. Beginning in 1886, however, this right to render judgments against students was curtailed. Since then, the university’s jurisdiction has been limited to internal disciplinary matters.


Information for visitors

Dear visitors,

The Student Prison has extended its opening hours for you:
Mon – Fri: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In addition, it is now possible to register in advance for a visit.

For visits from 8 August 2020 we kindly request you to reserve a set time for the day you wish to visit – that will allow us to better the regulate the number of visitors inside the Student Prison. You can sign up in the Unishop, by phone on 06221-54 12815 or in person at the Student Prison itself. Bookings can be made up to one week in advance.

On the day of the visit please approach our staff; the ticket sale will then take place in the Unishop. Please come a little before your reserved time.

(Please note: it is not permitted to take rucksacks and large bags inside the Student Prison, but you can store them in the lockers available.)

We have seen to the safety of all visitors subject to compliance with the current hygiene rules. This unfortunately means that we are obliged to restrict the visit to the time you have reserved. Please bear with these precautionary measures and be careful to respect your set time.

If you have to cancel your visit at the reserved time, please notify the Unishop. That will give other visitors the chance to get a place. Thank you.

We hope you enjoy your visit!



The combined ticket gives you access to the University Museum, the Great Hall, and the Student Prison.
3,00 € (regular)
2,50 € (discount for e.g. students/seniors)
Children under 8: free


Augustinergasse 2
69117 Heidelberg