Heidelberg University Tour

Heidelberg University Tour with Stefan Preiß

Hardly any other city is more inextricably linked to its university than is Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university city. Take the University Tour to gain an insight into the exciting story of what began as the “Ruperto Carola” and today has a student body of some 30,000 members. Visit the places in the historic Old Town which have been most important for this university, such as the splendid Alte Aula (Old Auditorium) and the Neue Universität (New University), erected in the Bauhaus style.

During this tour you will hear of student life in the 19th century, when dashing youths inhabited the city and often landed in the student jail for their pranks. They left behind clear traces of their stay: the artwork on the walls of the Student Jail is one of the city’s most popular attractions and can be booked as an supplement to the University Tour.

Hear about the great intellectuals who studied and taught here, the structure of the medieval Universitas Studiorum, and the famous Bibliotheca Palatina (Palatinate Library). Find out how the frequent changes of Christian religious affiliation left their mark not only on the history of the town but also on that of the university.

The tour also covers the changes of the 20th century: the splendour of the time before World War I, the optimistic mood of the 1920’s, the Nazification and persecution during the NS era, the radical changes in the post-war period and the year 1968, when Heidelberg was a centre of the student movement and red flags hung out of the windows in the Old Town. Last but not least, you will also discover where you can still be presented with a Heidelberg “student kiss”.

Guided tour in the Student Jail

Flexible booking for groups

  • University Tour for 2 to 10 persons with your individual guide
  • Invoicing after the tour, payment by wire transfer
Flexible Booking

One hour University Tour per group of up to 10 persons:
119.00 €

  • Date and time: your choice
  • Each additional person: zzgl. 4,00 € per person, (max. 30 persons per group)
  • Duration: from 1 hour, each 30 minute extension of the tour 25,00 € in addition
  • Visit of the Studentenkarzer: 3.00 € in addition per person (payment on site, during tours of min. 1,5 hours)
  • Foreign languages: English, French, Polish, Russian and Italian
  • Tours in German: discount of 30.00 €
  • Reservation / change of reservation: fewer than 7 days before the tour 20,00 € in addition
  • Tour on a Saturday or Sunday: no additional charge
  • Meeting point: according to prior agreement, for example at Universitätsplatz in front of the “Löwenbrunnen”

Reservation hotline: 06221 – 1 87 40 99

Studentenkarzer (Student Jail) of Heidelberg University


When we receive your request for a reservation, you will first receive an email from k3 stadtführungen Heidelberg that confirms receipt of this request, and later a confirmation of reservation. Your reservation will not be valid until this confirmation has been sent.

You can cancel your reservation or have it changed. If you cancel your reservation up to the seventh day before the date agreed for your guided tour of Heidelberg, there will be no additional charge. If you cancel it less than seven days but at least one day before the agreed date, we will charge you 50 % of the agreed fee. If you cancel on the day of the tour or do not appear at the agreed time and place, we will invoice the entire agreed fee.

Changes can be made at no additional charge up to seven days before your guided tour of Heidelberg. If you wish to change the time and/or meeting place less than seven days before the tour, we will charge you 20.00 € for this change. Then, the time of day may only be changed by at most two hours (either way). In no case does the customer have a right to implementation of a change request.