Heidelberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The city at the Neckar with its impressive castle towering high above the historic city centre and its several charming little streets and squares inspired poets and painters of the Romantic and is still fascinating countless visitors from all over the world. Despite of its 800 years of history, Heidelberg is still a young and cosmopolitan city. One reason for this are certainly the several students in the city. Heidelberg also has one of the oldest Universities in Germany (founded 1386). The Youth Hostel is located directly at the Neckar in the northwest of the city, in the so called Neuenheimer Field. It is surrounded by leisure facilities like the zoo, botanical garden, open air pool and several sport grounds.