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.


Note on the Student Prison

Please reserve a time slot by phone at 06221-5412815 or on site. The 3G rule applies for visitors in general, and the 2G rule for the Alarm Level. Please be prepared to show your certificate of a negative rapid test, or proof of complete vaccination or recovery from Covid-19.
Student Prison – Reservations

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10:45 am - 4:30 pm
Sundays and holidays closed
Company holidays from 20-12-2021 to 10-01-2022


Combiticket adults 4,00 EUR
Combiticket reduced 3,50 EUR
The combination ticket includes the Studentenkarzer, the University Museum and the special exhibition.

If the University Museum is closed, the following prices apply:
Adults 3,00 EUR
Reduced 2,50 EUR


Augustinergasse 2
69117 Heidelberg