The oldest university in the German-speaking world (founded in 1365), the main section of the university is a massive block in Italian Renaissance style designed by Heinrich Ferstel and built between 1873 and 1884. Statues representing 38 important men of letters decorate the front of the building, while the rear, which encompasses the library (with nearly 2 million volumes), is adorned with sgraffito. English-language guided tours costing €5 are given on Thursday
and Saturday at 11:30 am (reservations not required). Audio guides are available for €3 (ID required).