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The 10 Best Hostels in Cologne, Germany

Some of the best backpacker spots in Cologne

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Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft

Neustadt-Süd, Cologne

This hostel is located in the heart of Cologne’s trendy Belgian Quarter, 2 km from Cologne Cathedral and the Rhine Embankment. Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft offers free Wi-Fi and design interiors.

Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft is a 2-minute walk from Moltkestraße Underground Station and a 4-minute walk from Rudolfplatz Underground Station. Cologne Main Station can be reached in under 10 minutes on foot. The location is great The hostel is indeed luxurious Staff are helpful and friendly

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9.1
Awesome
1,838 reviews

Pathpoint Cologne - Backpacker Hostel

Altstadt-Nord, Cologne

All rooms at the Pathpoint Cologne Backpacker Hostel are equipped with modern furniture, a safe and private bathroom with shower.

The Backpacker Hostel offers a shared kitchen, where guests can prepare their own meals. Vending machines providing drinks and snacks are also available. Everything was on top. Clean, very well located, staff is nice. Top hostel. 10/10

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8.6
Excellent
2,926 reviews

The Penny Pincher Inn

Deutz, Cologne

Conveniently set in the Deutz district of Cologne, The Penny Pincher Inn is located 1.2 km from KölnTriangle, 1.4 km from Lanxess Arena and 1.6 km from Cologne Philharmony. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Musical Dome Cologne is 3.3 km away and Museum Ludwig is 3.5 km from the hostel. Awesome place actually, no complaints. Met some dudes and we went out had a good time across the bridge at Irish pub. Then played some donkey Kong country and super Mario world at hostel. The best.

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8.9
Excellent
350 reviews

Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz

Deutz, Cologne

Just 900 metres from the Cologne Exhibition Centre, this modern city hostel is an ideal base for visitors to the Rhine metropolis and the Rhineland region. Cologne Cathedral and the Old Town are a 15-minute walk away. Umm It was a good stay !!! The rooms are okay and Clean !! The location was amazing !!!

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8
Very Good
890 reviews

Jugendherberge City-Hostel Köln-Riehl

Riehl, Cologne

This youth hostel is located in the Riehl district of Cologne, just 3 km from the Old Town district. It offers budget rooms, free parking spaces, and a 24-hour reception.

All rooms at the Jugendherberge Köln Riehl have modern furniture and a private bathroom. Staff it was very friendly and the location its very nice close to the center. Totally recommend!!

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8.4
Very Good
755 reviews

Hardrock Motown Hostel

Altstadt-Nord, Cologne

Hardrock Motown Hostel is well located in the Altstadt-Nord of Cologne, 200 metres from Romano-Germanic Museum. The property is also around 300 metres from Museum Ludwig. Free WiFi is available and Cologne Philharmonic is 500 metres away. Kind staff. Clean and large rooms. Very nice location. Everthing you can think of is near perfect.

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7.2
Good
2,476 reviews

Station - Hostel for Backpackers

Altstadt-Nord, Cologne

Just 150 metres from Cologne Central Station, this hostel offers bright, clean rooms and free Wi-Fi internet in public areas. The Cologne Cathedral is a 4-minute walk away from the Station – Hostel for Backpackers, and guests can enjoy a bar, cafe and restaurant on-site. The location was great! The staff was very friendly and helpful. I had a very nice rest and decided to stay longer :)

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7.8
Good
1,802 reviews

Hardrock Motown Dom Hostel

Altstadt-Nord, Cologne

Well set in the Altstadt-Nord district of Cologne, Hardrock Motown Dom Hostel is located 300 metres from Museum Ludwig, 400 metres from Romano-Germanic Museum and 400 metres from Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared kitchen and an ATM, along with free WiFi. The property is close to popular attractions like Musical Dome Cologne, Theater am Dom and National Socialism Documentation Centre. Everything about this hostel was fantastic. Location is spot on in the city centre. Rooms were clean and very comfortable. Staff were really helpful and pleasant. We'll sure come again !

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6.4
Review score
247 reviews

Hardrock Motown Hostel 2

Altstadt-Nord, Cologne

Located in Cologne within 300 metres of Museum Ludwig and 400 metres of Romano-Germanic Museum, Hardrock Motown Hostel 2 offers rooms with free WiFi. The property is set 600 metres from Hohenzollern Bridge, 1.1 km from Musical Dome Cologne and 1.4 km from Theater am Dom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and an ATM for guests. Very good location in the middle of city centre.

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6.5
Review score
331 reviews

Black Sheep Hostel

Neustadt-Süd, Cologne

Featuring free WiFi and lockers in the rooms, Black Sheep Hostel is centrally located in Cologne. Köln Süd Railway Station is just 500 metres from the hostel.

All of the colourful accommodation at Black Sheep Hostel has lift access and shared bathroom facilities. Luggage storage and rental bikes are available. Bed linen is provided free of charge. Excellent location.. Most of the tourist spots are within the area which can be reached by walking..😁😁

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7.5
Good
345 reviews

Hostels – what are they?

Hostels offer so much more than a cheap place to stay – they're also a fun way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens and game rooms give you the chance to swap tips, tricks, and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long way since the first youth hostel opened back in 1912. Nowadays there's something for everyone, from budget "crash pads" to 5-star "poshtels." Whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll see that most hostels are cheaper than local hotels – and a lot more fun, too!

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