Exploring Germany on a budget has never been easier, thanks to the wide variety of hostel accommodation found throughout the country; expect city-centre locations, cutting-edge design and social spaces hosting karaoke nights and theatre seasons.
To give you a head start, here are five of Germany’s most highly rated hostels, according to global travellers.*
The Circus Hostel, Berlin
The Circus Hostel’s terrace is a prime spot for people watching
An overflowing pavement terrace is the first thing you’ll see upon arriving at this dynamic Berlin hostel, located right by Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station. Its dorms and private rooms are painted in apple green, raspberry or teal, with individual lights and lockers for each bed. There are plenty of communal spaces to relax or mingle with other guests, while the 24-hour reception can help with everything from hair dryers to city tours. In the basement, the Circus Hostel Microbrewery serves several interesting beers – the malty dark lager is a particular hit – alongside the hostel’s signature cocktails.
Superbude Hotel & Hostel St. Georg, Hamburg
Breakfast is served until noon in the Superbude’s Kitchen Club restaurant
Superbude St. Georg takes its cue from Hamburg’s industrial heritage, with steampunk lighting, scaffolding and furniture made from brightly painted oil drums and beer crates. It’s set in the boho St. Georg district, which is a leisurely stroll from Hamburg Central Station. This hotel-hostel hybrid offers a mix of private rooms and dorms, each with its own bathroom and TV. There’s always something going on here, too – whether it’s Nintendo Wii battles in the games room or film screenings in the private cinema.
Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft, Cologne
A bed with rocket boosters is enough to bring out anyone’s inner child
Cologne’s artsy Belgian Quarter is the backdrop for Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft. Each room has a standout design, from a ballroom-themed dorm complete with a chandelier, and a suite with a spaceship-shaped double bed, to the Bollywood-inspired quadruple, decked out in candy-pink and pistachio with jewel-coloured scatter cushions and vintage movie posters. There’s also substance behind the style, with bunk bed privacy curtains and personal sockets, lamps and storage. Downstairs, guests get to know each other over complimentary coffee in the lounge, while the bar hosts live DJ sets.
Hostel Multitude, Leipzig
Plants add a homely touch to rooms at Hostel Multitude
Hostel Multitude blends an urban and industrial aesthetic with its exposed brick walls and warm wooden floors. Each handcrafted bunk has a blackout curtain and a reading lamp, while sockets inside storage lockers and bunks make it easy to charge devices. Bathrooms are fitted with glossy metro tiles and bowl-style sinks that wouldn’t seem out of place in a spa. The hostel is in a restored building in Leipzig’s up-and-coming Lindenau neighbourhood, known for its street art and second-hand shops. Grab a coffee in a café nearby or unwind in the hostel’s beer garden.
Five Reasons Hostel & Hotel, Nuremberg
There’s plenty of room to stretch out in the spacious Five Reasons dorms
Simplicity reigns at the Five Reasons Hostel & Hotel, situated just inside the Bavarian city of Nuremberg’s medieval walls. Its airy taupe and white dorms all have high ceilings and hardwood floors, and many look out over the historic city centre. Soft mattresses promise a good night’s sleep, while hairdryers are provided in the shared bathrooms and coin-operated lockers are conveniently big enough for your hand luggage. Whether you choose to stay in a private apartment with a microwave and toaster, or to cook alongside other travellers in the communal kitchen, the self-catering facilities are a godsend.
**The data scientists at Booking.com used internal review data to find the most highly rated hostels in Germany.