Germany’s Top Hostels for Budget Travelers

Pimsleur Approach • December 21, 2012 • GermanComments (1)

If you’ve never stayed in a hostel, you might imagine a dorm room packed with 21st-century hippies singing folk tunes. But today’s hostels attract a mix of travelers; young and old, singles and families, humble and wealthy.

Germany’s hostels come in many styles, from modern multi-story facilities to quaint family run establishments. And in most cities, you’ll find hostels with a variety of atmospheres, from all night party scenes to family friendly environments.

Raise a Smile Hostel – Berlin

In 2012, Raise a Smile Hostel received Hostelworld’s “best hostel in Germany” award. Founded in 2009 by the Raise a Smile charity, which funds education programs in Zambia, Raise a Smile Hostel provides a convenient location for enjoying Berlin’s tourist attractions and nightlife.

While Raise a Smile Hostel encourages guests to mix and mingle, it’s not a party hostel. Situated in Friedrichshain, one of Berlin’s most popular neighborhoods, the hostel is steps away from restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and nightclubs.

Raise a Smile Hostel has only 18 beds and offers dorm accommodation and double rooms. No two rooms are the same and each features a different animal theme.

Rates vary depending on the season, but you’ll always find great amenities, including free Wi-Fi, lockers and laundry service.

When day breaks, you can get going with toast, waffles, cereal and hot coffee. While there’s no set charge for breakfast, guests are expected to make a small donation.

Wombat's Munich Hostel

Wombat’s Munich Hostel – Image via Wikipedia

Wombat’s – Munich

The Travel Channel rates Munich’s Wombat’s hostel among the best hostels in Europe. Founded by backpackers, Wombat’s Munich is part of a chain of hostels that includes sites in Berlin, Vienna and Budapest.

Wombat’s is located in a modern building a stone’s throw away from the train station. It offers dormitories that accommodate up to 10 people, as well as double rooms. Each dorm and private room has its own bathroom and some have balconies.

Furnished with sofas, chairs, giant floor pillows, computer stations and even trees, the atrium is the hostel’s social hub – at least during the day.

At night, the womBar is the center of the action, serving cocktails and cold beer. On certain nights, the bar also hosts parties and bands.

Backpackers St. Pauli – Hamburg

TripAdvisor users give Hamburg’s Backpackers St. Pauli hostel a big thumbs-up. It’s situated on a quiet street in the St. Pauli district and provides a perfect location for enjoying the nearby nightlife or visiting the trendy boutiques in the Schanzenviertel and Karoviertel neighborhoods.

Backpackers St. Pauli offers 55 beds in dormitory, twin and triple rooms. Some private rooms and dorms have ensuite facilities and balconies.

The hostel lounge is a great place to meet travelers from around the world. You can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, veg out in front of the TV or whip up a meal in the lounge’s kitchen.

Mornings, Backpackers St. Pauli’s café serves a variety of breakfast dishes, as well as soups, snacks, coffee and beer throughout the day. When the weather is nice, the hostel hosts special barbeque on the patio.

From Backpackers St. Pauli, it’s just a short walk to Reeperbahn Street, Hamburg’s notorious red light district.

Die Wohngemeinschaft – Cologne

The unique design, homey environment and comfortable rooms at Die Wohngemeinschaft hostel have earned it a top rating by Hostelworld users. The hostel has only eight guest rooms, including doubles, triples, quads and one dormitory.

Die Wohngemeinschaft lies in the center of Belgisches Viertel, one of Cologne’s most popular neighborhoods. Just steps from the hostel, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, cafés, boutiques, nightclubs and plazas. The location also provides a perfect jumping off point for visiting Cologne’s historical sites, most of which lie within walking distance of the hostel.

Each room at Die Wohngemeinschaft sports a unique name and theme. The “Paul” room features a photo studio design, with original photographs by local photographer Michael Boogard. The “Jimmy” room is decorated in a 1960s motif and the dorm pays homage to Shakespeare.

At the Wohngemeinschaft’s bar and café, you can enjoy delicious pastries or a vodka-melon cocktail while chatting with fellow travelers. DJs spin tunes nightly and on some evenings the bar and café hosts plays, concerts, films or readings.

One Response to “ Germany’s Top Hostels for Budget Travelers ”

  1. Marion says:

    I stayed in Backpackers St. Pauli a couple of times now and it became a kind of second home! The stuff is great, the location is awesome and I can’t wait to go back :)

    <3 Mari

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