Reviews of Heidelberg's Best Hostels

Heidelberg, Germany's oldest and most famous university town is renowned for its baroque Altstadt, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting and evocative half-ruined hilltop castle, which draw 11.8 million visitors a year. They follow in the footsteps of the late 18th- and early 19th-century romantics, most notably the poet Goethe. Britain's William Turner also loved Heidelberg, which inspired him to paint some of his greatest landscapes. In 1878, Mark Twain began his European travels with a three-month stay in Heidelberg, recounting his observations in A Tramp Abroad (1880). Heidelberg's rich literary history, along with its thriving contemporary scene involving authors, translators, publishing houses, bookshops, libraries, festivals and events, saw it named a Unesco City of Literature in 2014. Heidelberg's Altstadt has a red-roofed townscape of remarkable architectural unity. After having been all but destroyed by French troops under Louis XIV (1690s), it was built pretty much from scratch during the 18th century. Unlike the vast majority of German cities, it emerged from WWII almost unscathed. Today, Heidelberg is one of Germany's most enchanting cities. The longer you stay, the more heart-stopping panoramas and hidden treasures you'll discover, and, luckily, there are some great options when it comes to affordable accommodations in the area, so lodging costs won't hinder your length of stay here!

How much do hostels in Heidelberg cost?

Average Dorm Price $30 ($30 to $30)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $60 ($50 to $73)

A social hostel near the train station

Dorm Bed: $18.00
Private Room: $24.00
Overall Rating: 86%
Steffis Hostel Heidelberg opened in May 2009 and is said to be a friendly and green oasis in the heart of Heidelberg. Located just meters from the main station, the property offers an affordable and comfortable choice of accommodation for exploring the city. You have the option to stay in either a beautifully and individually furnished Doubles or in the Dorms and will be able to enjoy the cozy atmosphere together with other travelers and backpackers from all over the world. The team of the Hostel is there for you and is more than happy to help you with planning your Heidelberg stay and onward journey. Check in is before 10:00pm and if you plan to arrive later, you will need to contact the property to make arrangements. The facility offers a common room for relaxing, self-catering facilities for preparing your own meals, and an elevator available on sight. Linens are included in the stay and towels and bicycles are available for hire.
Alte Eppelheimer Str. 50 , Heidelberg, Germany,

In old town, close to shops, restaurants, and nightlife

Dorm Bed: $23.00
Private Room: $32.00
Overall Rating: 96%
Lotte Hostel is a unique old house situated in the heart of old town Heidelberg. It's an independent hostel very close to the historic castle, the main shopping street, bars and restaurants. This humble house offers eight guestrooms, each with a stylistic, individual interior decor and with an ambiance and living-room coziness of a family home. On the ground and first floor of this lovely old house you will find newly renovated and refurbished dormitory-style accommodations. One dorm is for girls only with a separate bathroom close by. There is a comfortable and cozy living room for relaxing and an equipped kitchen for preparing meals. On the second floor the property offers two 60's-style double-rooms and one 3-bed-dorm. Two bathrooms and a kitchen are for guests on this floor only and you can enjoy the lovely view of the castle while you eat. Reception is open until 10:00pm, but if you want to check in later than that, just contact the property in advance. Linens are included in your stay and there are towels available for hire.
Burgweg 3 , Heidelberg, Germany,

A relaxed, comfortable hostel

Dorm Bed: $30.34
Private Room: $36.71
Overall Rating: 76%
Jugendherberge Heidelberg International offers modern dormitories and private rooms, all with private bathrooms. A variety of drinks and snacks are served in the hostel's bistro, and international dishes are available in the bright dining area. The hostel in Heidelberg offers a 24-hour front desk, a sun terrace and a bistro. Internet connection, washing facilities, lockers and outdoor sporting facilities are also available. The hostel is situated in the northwest of the city, directly on the banks of the Neckar River. It is surrounded by recreational facilities such as a zoo, botanical garden, swimming pool, and various sports facilities. Jugendherberge Heidelberg International is located 5 km from Heidelberg Castle, which overlooks the Old Town District. The property is wheelchair friendly, offers free parking, free breakfast, and free linens, and has towels available for hire. A Hosteling International Membership is required in order to avoid an additional nightly fee.
Tiergartenstraße 5 , Heidelberg, Germany,

In the city center with plenty of amenities

Private Room: $30.57
Overall Rating: 54%
Hemingway's Hostel is only ten minutes walking distance from the main train station of Heidelberg (HBF). If you are using the public transport, you will find the property through Bismarckplatz, direction Altstadt, old town. The facility offers you private cozy rooms in the most central location. Because of the great, central location, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars nearby, if you want to explore, but if you are looking to stay in and rest, the property also has its own cafe on sight to meet your needs. The Guesthouse is located only five minutes from Heidelberg's castle, on the river Neckar, close to one of Germany's oldest universities.
Fahrtgasse 1 , Heidelberg, Germany,

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