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Inscriptions of Ingolstadt

Foundation of the High School


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At the crossing of Goldknopfgasse and Hohe-Schul-Straße you will find a small shadowy square that you will particularly appreciate in summer because there is the terrace of a small café, surrounded by historical buildings. On one of these buildings you will find the inscriptions described here.

Photo High School in Ingolstadt: first inscription

First inscription.

Photo High School in Ingolstadt: small bell tower

Small bell tower

Photo High School in Ingolstadt: fresco


Photo High School in Ingolstadt: marabous in front of the High School

Marabous in front of the High School





All the photos of this page:
Hans-Rudolf Hower, 2011

Photo High School in Ingolstadt: second inscription

Second inscription.

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First Inscription

Original Text (in German)

Hohe Schule
erbaut ab 1434
1472 - 1800 bayr.


High School
built from 1434 on
1472 - 1800 university
of the State of Bavaria


Note that my translation does not speak of a "highschool" but of a "High School", which is the litteral translation of the historical German name of what we would call a university nowadays. The German terminology has evolved from the medieval Hohe Schule to the modern Hochschule, the latter being still used as a German synonym of Universität, which originally is a latinism. In fact, the Latin term of universitas [scientiarum], which means "all of the sciences" or "universe of sciences", has been adopted by a lot of Indo-European languages, at least as a second, more cultivated term.

According to Wikipedia's List of oldest universities in continuous operation (whose worlwide view and neutrality are being disputed in 2012), the Hohe Schule of Ingolstadt was the 39th oldest university of the world. In 1800 it did not cease working but was transferred to Landshut, and finally moved to Munich in 1826 where between 1942 and 1943 it became the center of the White Rose's actions against the Nazi regime and finally the theater of their fatal apprehension.

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Second Inscription

Original Text (in German)

In diesem vom
Herzoge Ludwig
dem Bartigen
1429 erbauten
war vom Jahre 1472
bis 1800 die Landes-


From 1472 to 1800
the country's
was located in this
benefice house
built by
Duke Ludwig
the Bearded
in 1429.


Due to the Gothic letters in which it is written, this inscription seems older than it probably is, because except "Herzog Ludwig dem Bartigen" (nowadays one would say "Herzog Ludwig dem Bärtigen" in standard German) and somewhat outdated (or simply solemn) -e endings it is written in a rather modern German.

The term of "Pfründehaus" (benefice house or simply benefice) is the modern form of a very old historical term that meant a house which a person or an institution of outstanding merit or well-known poverty had received as a reward or a worldly support.

Duke Louis VII of Bavaria (1368 – 1447), called "der Bärtige" (the Bearded) was Duke of Bavaria-Ingolstadt from 1413 until 1443. To understand his surname, have a look at him in the English Wikipedia under Louis VII, Duke of Bavaria.

For the history of the Bavarian university, see our comment on the first inscription.

The term of "Land" in "Landesuniversität" (the country's university) designates the country that is called Free State of Bavaria up to now. This is due to the still existing federal system of Germany. For details on the free states existing in Germany, see the English Wikipedia under Free state.

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Munich, Bavaria and the Black Forest
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Address / Owner

Content / Subjects

Municipality of Ingolstadt

Official site (German language).


In the English Wikipedia.

Encyclopaedic article on the city of Ingolstadt.

City map of Ingolstadt

By Google Maps.

Zoomable city map of Ingolstadt.

First Inscription

Hohe Schule (Ingolstadt)

In the German Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on this very old building situated in the center of Ingolstadt. (Unfortunately is there no similar article in the English Wikipedia.)

List of oldest universities in continuous operation

In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic list of the oldest universities worldwide that are still in operation (disputed article in 2012).

White Rose

In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on this Munich student movement against the Nazi regime. With photos of the monument to the White Rose (located in front of the university) and of the the university's atrium, where Sophie and Hans Scholl were arrested after a too hurried distribution of political leaflets.

Second Inscription

Louis VII, Duke of Bavaria

In the English Wikipedia.

Shorter encyclopaedic article on the Bavarian duke who built the house in which the Ingolstadt university was founded.


In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on the history of worldly and clerical benefices in Europe.

Free state

In the English Wikipedia.

Detailed encyclopaedic article on the term of free state, containing links to the various free states of Germany (among others).

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Arrival by Public Transport

For the arrival in Ingolstadt, see Inscriptions of Ingolstadt.

Looking at the front of the Old Cityhall (Altes Rathaus), take the Moritzstraße on the left of the cityhall. Then turn left into the Dollstraße and continue till the end of this street. Then successively turn right and left into the Hohe-Schul-Straße, where you will find the High School (Hohe Schule) on the left corner of the Goldknopfgasse.

Indications concerning the arrival correspond to our personal knowledge or even experience, but we cannot assume any responsibility for their rightness. When you are reading this page, things may have changed in reality.

Hans-Rudolf Hower, 2012

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