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University of Coimbra

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Paco das Escolas, Coimbra 3000-240, Portugal
+351 239 242 744
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All reviews oldest universities in europe royal palace harry potter clock tower joanina library beautiful architecture science museum worth the climb audio guide the river narrow streets ticket office take your time student life well worth the visit botanical gardens amazing library
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The best way to get here is by bus, once on top buy tickets and walk through the main plaza where the chapel and library are. In a clear day you can take beautiful pictures of the city since it is one of the highest...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank p26duque
Reviewed 6 days ago

I drove from Lisbon to Coimbra, not far at all. and went up hill to the center of the universities of Coimbra. They are all old and beautifull constructions, and at the end off the square you can have a great overall view of good...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Henryhougaz
Reviewed 1 week ago

While my wife and I were in Coimbra for one day only we didn't get to visit too many of the sights, but we were delighted to get a tour of the university. A modern, highly accredited university with a seven hundred plus years of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Zane Grey C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Little seems to be known about the fact that the University has been a place of inspiration for J.K. Rawlings for her writing of the Harry Potter books. The rules and the student habits are charmingly similar to Hogwarts. The wands are missing. It is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Zhiv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely unmissable. If you are short on time, I would recommend prioritizing the Joanina Library and Saint Michael's Chapel. The Royal Palace is also nice.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TiagoJGB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a unplanned surprise on our visit to Coimbra. The goal was to see the library but that required a ticket which gave entry to the library, the Royal Chapel and the former Palace-all part of this lovely university. The history of the university...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank library48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During our sightseeing I kind of entered this place via secret door and I explored those beautiful hallways and library. I loved the feeling of being there kind of illegaly but of course I just looked and wandered around.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 634v_clavb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I taught at a university born in the 1960s for 30 years. This University has 1000+ year of tradition. The beauty of the University and its impact on the city are wonderful. Totally enjoyed the visit. The science museum was a little weaker.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Allan D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The university buildings are varied and interesting, and the library is unmissable. The best thing, however, is getting a feel for student life within the university and the gorgeous town of Coimbra surrounding it. You could do the university in a day but you will...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wendyurquia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great excursion. The library was certainly the main event and with the short wait. Amazing that this library is in such great condition after so many years. If you don’t do an official tour make sure you understand the Bats and their role inside this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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20 September 2018|
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Response from saranyapbirdsall | Reviewed this property |
It is considered a "must see" when you go to Coimbra. The visit does not take that long. I would allow 1-1.5 hrs there. Is there any other places you would like to visit while you there? It was all we did. Old town is always... More
21 September 2016|
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Response from Pedro R | Property representative |
Hello! If you want to take the guided tour, or traveling with a big group you may book it in advance. If not you may take the ticket and visit the University at your convenience.