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

Provided that the relaxations continue to apply for Heidelberg with an incidence below 50, we will be able to welcome visitors in the Studentenkarzer again from 8 June. Please reserve a time slot by phone at 06221-5412815 or on site.

Opening hours

Tue - Sat 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Mon closed
closed on Sundays and public holidays




Augustinergasse 2
69117 Heidelberg