Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university whose main appeal is its picturesque cobblestone streets, crammed with old-style eateries and student pubs. The centerpiece of the city is the Schloss, a group of Renaissance palaces that now contain museums. The old town’s finest surviving buildings can be found around Heiliggeistkirche. The Palais Rischer is the university’s most famous venue for fencing matches. The heart of the old town is Universitatsplatz, flanked by the 18th century Alte Universitat and the Neue Universitat. Some of the town’s best places to eat are the student taverns in this area, known for their basic dishes at very reasonable prices. In spring and early summer, the streets are alive with activity and late night parties.