For budget-conscious travelers, hostels in Germany are a great alternative to hotels. Staying in a German hostel doesn’t mean you have to share a room with strangers or cook up your meal in a community kitchen. Besides dormitories, many hostels in Germany offer double or single rooms for rock bottom prices, and they also deliver when it comes to cleanliness, atmosphere, and extras like TV's, restaurants, or organized walking tours.
Here's a round-up of some of Germany's best hostels, from Berlin and Munich, to Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Cologne.
Besides very affordable rates and great service, Berlin is home to some of the most unique and original hostels in all of Germany. From a hostel boat on a river, and individually designed rooms, to rental apartments, rooftop terraces, and airport pick-ups, Berlin hostels have it all.
Looking for a place to stay in Munich that won't break the bank? Munich's hostels, which are located close to Munich's Old Town or Oktoberfest, are a great option for frugal travelers; besides the usual dorms, all of our recommended Munich hostels feature single rooms with private bathrooms.
If you want to stay in a hostel during Oktoberfest, make sure to book your room well in advance and be prepared for slightly higher rates.
Frankfurt is home to many business hotels, but the city also offers plenty of good hostels for travelers on a shoestring, from backpackers, and single travelers, to families, and business travelers. Frankfurt hostels feature dorms, double, and single rooms, and even conference spaces.
Hamburg is famous for its luxurious shopping streets, elegant hotels, and excellent restaurants, but the city also has plenty of options for the budget-wise traveler. Hamburg's hostels feature dorms, doubles, and single rooms - and some hostels even offer a dose of luxury, like open-air bars, fireplaces, and flat screen TVs.
Cologne hostels are a great way to travel on a budget without having to sacrifice comfort - all of Cologne's listed hostels are clean and modern and feature many of the amenities a hotel would, including TVs, free Wifi, single rooms, and private bathrooms.