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Berlin is the capital of Germany and its motto is “poor but sexy”. Even though “poor” is not what it looks like at all, the second part is definitely true for nightlife and clubbing. Berlin is divided into twelve suburbs. If you are looking for a hostel in Berlin, you should try to stay in a central location since the city is very widespread and travelling times are significant. Some of the best suburbs to find a Berlin hostel in are Mitte (this is where most of the historic sights are), Charlottenburg, or Pankow.
Berlin is served by two airports, Tegel and Schönefeld. Both can easily be accessed by train and bus services. Getting around or to and from your Berlin hostel is no problem since there is a comprehensive public transport system in place. It can be a bit puzzling so take your time to familiarize yourself with it. Be aware that it might take a significant amount of time to get around.
While you are there, you can experience the fusion of past and present German history with lots of historic sights and the Reichstag to visit. Discover countless museums (do not miss the Museumsinsel). You can also gaze at the iconic Brandenburger Tor, watch an opera at the German state opera, or try to find a remaining part of the Berlin Wall (the East Side Gallery is the best bit still remaining). According to the motto of Berlin, have some fun and discover the vibrant nightlife or buy some cutting-edge clothes by an up-and-coming German designer.
Book your Berlin hostel bed well in advance, especially if you are visiting in summer. There are many hostels in the city, but Berlin is a popular destination so they can fill up fast.
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Baxpax Mitte Hostel
"A friendly and somewhat social hostel with a sitting area (including beanbag chairs) and bar. There is also a TV room. The whole place is decorated with an art-deco look and it's really very nice. The largest dorm room (the "penthouse") is at the top of 5 flights of stairs with no elevator, so it's a long hike to your room if you've been walking around all day. There are dim sleeping lights in the large dorm that never turn off, so...
Globetrotter Hostel Odyssee
"A fun hostel with a large common area with a pool table, foosball table, and TV. The reception desk also doubles as a bar. It's a social hostel and a fun place to hang out when you're not out on the town. There's also a restaurant downstairs with outdoor tables and decent food for at a decent price. The rooms and bathrooms aren't exceptional but they're clean. The locatiion is in the former East Berlin, within walking distance of many...
Sunflower Hostel Berlin
"Sunflower Hostel Berlin is located in East Berlin, just a few blocks away from the city center. The hostel is extremely vibrant and lively, and is known for its young and creative vibe. The hostel has a very friendly and motivated staff, a bar, laundry faculties, and an-all-you-can-eat breakfast. The Location The hostel is located in the neighborhood Friedrichshain, which is well known for its young and creative atmosphere. The hostel...
Baxpax Kreuzberg Hostel
"The main thing about Baxpax Kreuzberg Hostel is the location. If you choose to stay in Kruzberg neighborhood, known for its nightlife scene, it will most probably fit your needs. The atmosphere is good, but might not overcome all the clear disadvantages. The Location Although it's located in popular Kreuzberg, the street where this hostel is located is quite calm -- maybe even too calm at night. A ten-minute walk will get you to plenty...
Lette'm Sleep Hostel Berlin
"A small and laidback hostel. There is a small kitchen next to the little common area with some tables and chairs. Internet access is free (when you can get time on the one internet computer). The staff are friendly and it has the feel of a small family hostel." … "A great hostel in a brilliant location!" … "A great place. Thanks." … "Very well-run hostel! But at the same time, it's very laid-back and you're free to do...
"Circus Hostel is a nice place to be for your first few days in Berlin, mostly because it is located in Mitte area, and close to the main tourist and historical elements and locations in Berlin. The Location This hostel is in a central location, very close to a large junction, and a metro exit. As a result, most of the night it is quiet, and you can have a good night's sleep. During the day, however, loud noises are a bit disturbing,...
St Christopher's Berlin Hostel
"St Christopher's Inn - Berlin is very similar to others in its chain across Europe. Breakfast is free, the common area is a bar, there is no kitchen, and the rooms are spacious. The Location This hostel is steps away from a subway stop -- you can reach anywhere in the city the metro goes. It is about a forty-minute subway ride from the bus station and a ten-minute ride from the train station. It is possible to walk into downtown Berlin,...
A&O Berlin Friedrichshain
"A large hostel with five floors. The rooms are and bathrooms have all the basics, but no extra frills or colorful decoration. There is a kitchen and cafeteria and a TV room. Out front there is a separate little office building where you check-in. The most social area of the hostel is the large lawn with a sand volleyball court, beer garden, and other activities." … "The rooms were clean and the staff was great, only problem there...
Pegasus Hostel Berlin
"We stayed at Pegasus Hostel Berlin for two nights and weren't overly thrilled but it isn't a horrible place to stay. You get what you pay for. It's a huge hostel but it doesn't give you that feel. The selling points are the kitchen, the free Wi-Fi, and free walking tour. If you pay with a credit card there is an additional fee. The Location The location is ok -- there really isn't a perfect location in Berlin since it is so big. The...
Hotel & Hostel Friedrichshain
"This place is disgusting. It smells of piss. There was vodka under the cupboards and the showers are mouldy and they are very hard to function. The beds had mites in them cause everyone had a rash." … "Our Hostel offers very quite single, double and triple rooms - located on a typical Berlin inner courtyard. It does not matter if you visit Berlin with your family, for business or for studies - our rooms provide a constant standard....
"10 minutes with the tramlines 2, 3, or 4 from Alexanderplatz to Weissensee." … "… a free car park. And, we have no curfew. You will find what you need close to Hoffmanns Hostel. Although we are too small to have on-site food or breakfast services, there are good facilities very close-by. - There is a bakery on the same block - There are 2 grocery stores within 2 blocks - There are many shops and resturaunts on...
Jetpak Forest Eco Lodge
"This was our favourite hostel of our trip around Europe. The staff are relaxed, genuine and make the hostel a comfortable place to come back to. The facilities were excellent, especially the lounge room in which there were plenty of sofas and a nightly video. The city centre is a bus ride away. and there's a night bus. The woods the hostel is situated in are a little scary at night, but otherwise it's a fantastic place to stay. We loved it....
David's Cozy Auberge in Old Berlin
"Very, very good - it's very good place. David cozy Auberge is very cheap and clean. you can spend your time in comfort here. David is very kind, helpful. actually i have plan to stay 1 night. but i have stay 3 night. i highly recommend!" … "This was the most exciting place I ever had been to. And I was there for more than three weeks! It was so entertaining there. All the crazy people in Berlin are there, chatting all day and night...
Generator Hostel Prenzlauer Berg
"Having been to the Generator Hostel in Dublin, we very much looked forward to staying at the location in Berlin. Though it doesn’t quite meet that standard, it still has much to offer. The Location The hostel is located on the S-9 line, so it’s a direct, thirty-minute trip from Berlin Schonefeld Airport (aka Berlin Brandenburg) to the Landesberg Allee station. The S-41 and S-42 also stop there, which form the “Ring” line (circling...
Happy Bed Hostel
"This hostel is on the northern bank of the Landwehr Canal in the Kreuzberg district. It is along U-Bahn Line 15 about halfway between the Moeckenbrucke and Hallesches Tor stops and is a modern concrete 7-floor building with a large red M sign on the outside. The hostel is fairly well located within walking distance of Checkpoint Charlie and there are numerous supermarkets and cheap takeaways in the area. There are seven floors of rooms...
Adler Hostel Berlin
"Great location in Mitte! It's near all the tour starting spots, the strip of restaurants and pubs, and near an artist collective building. There is an Internet cafe around the corner. As for the hostel itself, the staff were very friendly. The rooms and showers were okay — shared. I had a private double so I was set. Thin walls. I give it a 7 out of 10 for hostels." … "It's a bit tatty, and the staff's English is not fluent (though...
Berlin Youth Hostel International
"Of all the hostels in Germany I've been to, this was the nicest. It was within walking distance to everything, and there was a bus stop right beside the hostel. It was a 20 minute walk to the train station and downtown. It's really close to a lot of attractions like the Brandenberg Gate and the parliament building (the Reichstag). It had a big kitchen with good food, and the staff were really nice. And they all spoke English!" …...
"I have not stayed in many hostels yet, but I must say that this place was great. The rooms and bathrooms were clean, the staff were really friendly, and the location is within walking distance of many of Berlin's museums and interesting sights. I think there is a small extra charge for blankets and pillows, but the blankets and pillows were clean, as were the beds, and I would say everything is pretty much worth it. The owner is even usually...
Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin
"I love this hostel! It is in the heart of one of Berlin's most vibrant neighborhoods. It oozes (former) East Berlin creative and artistic edge, carrying hints of a "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" theme. It is gritty, it is classy, it is alternative, it is clean, it is so freaking cool. The rooms are very spacious and contemporary, with more than enough locker storage, comfortable beds, and I have to mention the gorgeous hardwood floors....
Corner Hostel Berlin
"I stayed here for 5 nights in June and truly enjoyed it. The room was spacious, and the staff were very friendly. One could have a cheap/cold/tasty beer in the premises before heading out for the evening, and a night cap on return, however late. They are a bit short on showers, but there is a fully outfitted kitchen, which compensates for it." … "underground line U2 stop Schönhauser Alle S-Bahn stop Bornholmer Straße" …...
EastSeven Berlin Hostel
"The front door to EastSeven Berlin Hostel is opened by a numerical combination on the keypad. The area around the front desk is very small, but the bedrooms are spacious and clean. You can choose either bunk or normal bed. Key-lockers are inside the room. The cleaning staff will take the towel, so to avoid paying for a new one each day, you must hide it from them in your locker (this is not revealed upon renting the towel). Laundry is...
Eden am Zoo
"… am Zoo provides budget bed and breakfast in the typical style of old Berlin. We can be found near the Zoo Garden train station. We provide single, double and larger bedrooms with shower and with or without toilet facilities. Your day here starts with a hearty continental breakfast, after which you will be able to enjoy a walk around the German capital as you soak up its unique atmosphere. Just a short walk from the hotel...
A&O Berlin Mitte
"Absolutely well worth the money! The room and the ensuite toilet/shower were clean, the cableTV was ok (the horrible German programmes were not the hostel's fault), the staff were ever so friendly, the buffet breakfast with omelettes, salads and meatballs very good (missed some tomatoes, cucumber, and lettuce, though). The internet worked perfectly for us. The atmosphere was relaxed, the bar was open as long as there were customers, the World...
John's Little Auberge in Old Berlin
"John's Cozy Little Oriental Hostel is easy to find and a short walk from the U-Bahn station, though it is a bit far from any of Berlin's main stations. Be aware that this hostel advertises itself as a "haven for alternate lifestyles," so much of the literature is where to find gay bars and whatnot around town. Some of the staff are rather limited in English, so some basic German knowledge may be handy. There is a small kitchen area with...
CityStay Mitte Hostel
"Citystay Mitte Hostel is a chilled hostel with a good atmosphere; unfortunately, it's one of these hostels where you are charged for all the extras. The Location The location is decent, just a twenty-minute walk to Brandenberg Gate and the touristy centre of Berlin. It's only about five minutes' walk to the Museum Island -- where all of the big museums are located. The closest S Bahn station is Hackesher Market, only about two minutes...
Happy Bed Hostel
"Happy Bed Hostel Steglitz – Berlin is a good choice for people who are looking for a nice place to stay, but don't mind that it isn't a social hostel for meeting people. You can get there on the S-bahn, which you can travel on with a rail pass. It's about 8 stops away from the main stations and takes about 15 minutes. Therefore, if you have an unlimited rail pass the location is good, if not it might be a bit too much out of the way. To...
Riverside Lodge Berlin
"… coffee free fruits free safe-deposit/storage free daily walking-tour along the water to discover the locations around the hostel guided bicycle sightseeing trip guided trip to Sans-Souci (Potsdam) by private bus bicycle for rent canoe for rent guest kitchen provided 24 h access - no curfew, no lockout internet access lots of city info provided Lockable...
All In Hostel - Hotel Berlin
"Real good place, bright rooms, clean and safe. We got a woman's room — excellent. We had a lot of fun. The surrounding area is great, lots of bars and clubs." … "I stayed here early December, and it was a perfect way to start off my first backpacking experience. The hostel was a bit of a metro ride out of the way from the city centre, but the surrounding neighborhood is absolutely beautiful, with buildings covered in expressive...
"I visited this hostel with a large number of friends. The location was excellent, just a short walk down the road to the station. The restaurants nearby are also really good and some of them at a very good price! You also don't have to walk far for a good bar. The rooms were plain but comfortable and you get en suite! Altogether a good hostel to visit, and you get breakfast." … "I went to berlin and stayed at hotel 4 youth, it was...
Amstel House Hostel Berlin
"Amstel House Hostel is a great value -- a very large, very clean building situated in a nice quiet residential area. The hostel offers tours, bike rentals, free linens, and luggage storage and is equipped with a great staff on hand to help you out. The Location It's set in a quiet residential area just outside of the "center" of Berlin's main attractions. Not the place to be if you want to be near the action, but there is a decent...
"… o`clock until 21:00 oLclock, as the reception is occupied between 08:00 - 22:00 oLclock. (You get a key not only to your room, but also for the main entrance - so you are completely independent !) If you arrive later than 21:00 oLclock, you must give us a notice, please! As common in hostels, the modern bathrooms are centrally located on each floor. They are being cleaned on a daily basis. This positioning is intended to...
"Whether it's called "Jetpak City Hostel the 2nd," "JetPak Downtown Berlin-West Hostel," or any other name, it is a great hostel. This is an ultra-clean and modern hostel. The thing that stands out most of this hostel is their award winning staff that goes out of their way to make your stay in Berlin more enjoyable. The staff offers you free maps, then sits with you to help you make a plan of the sites you might be interested in seeing based...
"Schlafmeile Hostel is an excellent budget option in Berlin. Prices are extremely competitive in both high and low season, and the facilities are excellent. The Location The hostel is located very close to lots of cheap places to eat and drink. It's also close to several supermarkets for self-caterers. Unfortunately the hostel is a long way from the action -- about seven kilometers by foot to the main sights such as Brandenburg Gate and...
Three Little Pigs Hostel Berlin
"The very fun 3 Little Pigs Hostel is located in a former convent building, and is quite close to the divide between former East and West Berlin. Although the building where the rooms are located can seem a little dark and uninviting upon entering, the hostel is welcoming and has everything the traveler to Berlin could want. Reception is located in a different wing than many of the rooms, but it is not difficult to go between them. The hostel...
Baxpax Downtown Hostel Hotel
"Baxpax Downtown Hostel Hotel is one of three in Berlin owned by same people. They give you a key card for access to all the areas you stay in, and a necklace to prevent you from losing it. It is a new modern hostel with everything looking new and fresh. The Location It is easy to find once you get to the metro stop, but the directions on the website are not good. The best way to find it is get on the train going into city, then find...
Hostel X Berger
"Comfortable and good location - This hostel is in a great location for those wanting to go out at night and experience the Berlin nightlife. Cheap food in the area, beds were comfy (just make sure you get a receipt of your booking straight up)." … "Dishonest, Distant, Dirty - Over the last ten years, I've stayed at at least a hundred hostels in Europe, North America and Asia, but this place was among the worst I've seen. The first...
Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel
"Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel is a colorful and social place to stay. There are many different styles of rooms from which to choose and guests can be any age, not just young adults. The hostel has many common area, both inside and outside, for travelers to hang out and meet others. The courtyard has been decorated with paintings representative of Berlin that give the hostel a fun and trendy atmosphere. The Location Alcatraz is not very...
Sleep Cheap Hostel
"Sleep Cheap Hostel is a fine bargain. The hostel has character -- once you break through its imperfections, the place shines in a bright Berliner way. The Location The hostel is located on the S-Bahn ring right next to the Westend station just of the western edge of Charlottenburg. It is possible to walk to the city center -- this takes about one hour, as does the walk to Tegel Airport. With public transportation most points on the west...
Rixpack Hostel Neukölln
"Not again - Rixpack is in the middle of neukolln which was great for us as our favourite bars and the markets are so close. We had a three bed private room which was a really good size but extremely loud as it was above a busy junction. We had to use earplugs to get to sleep. I think the dorms must be quieter. More problematic were the fittings in the flat, with exposed wires in the bathroom literally dripping with condensation, which weren't...
"Our young and modern guest house is the ideal starting point for sightseeing tours in the capital Berlin. Directly behind the new main station "Hauptbahnhof", but quiet located in a small side street is our youth guest house located in the centre of Berlin. The colourful guest house offers you 230 beds in single and twin rooms and with the option of multi-bedded rooms with 4 or 5 beds. All rooms have private bathrooms with shower and toilet...
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Berlin Travel Tips & Suggestions
This is a city full of nightclubs, but they're so secret though -- you've got to find them.
If you go to East Berlin, you have to consider that the East (and West also) had been isolated for fifty years and old people still have the cold war inside their brains. Go to district of Kreuzberg and Neukölln -- Germans are the minority there, or go to Vienna.
It is the most unfriendly place in Europe. We went to a bar where locals go, right next to our hostel. As Brazilians, my friends and I have little dark skin. When we sat down, we noticed that people were staring at us. We tried to talked to a German girl but she did not even look at me and went away. We ordered some beer but it took half an hour to come. The bartender told us that they did not like foreigners and it would be better for us to just go a place where there are more international people.
Berlin is the ideal city for going out and party, because it's full of attractive pubs and discos. It's not a beautiful city but it has a lot of history, lots of museums, and lots of things to do and see. Berlin is very cheap too (at least comparing with other European cities) so you can get cheap and good accommodations, cheap meals and drinks. Museums are cheap too, especially if you have your student card. I'd recommend visiting the Cinema Museum, next to Potsdammer platz.
The Alternative Berlin tour is excellent (if a little slow at time). It is free, you just tip at the end. It takes you to some crazy but great sites you wouldn't know about yourself -- these places don't appear in guidebooks. They meet at Starbucks in Alexanderplatz at 11 a.m. each morning.
I suggest also going to the DDR Museum -- it's very different than all the other museums, with the exhibits being largely hands on and showing what life was like growing up in the DDR. It's by the river on the Alexanderplatz side of the Berliner Dom.
We found Berlin a very safe place, much more than Paris or London. For those like us wh like history there's plenty of things to see and do. Even think to plan a week to spend there. We recommend Deustches Historiches Museum (one full day from opening until closure). Topographie des Terrors. German Resistance Memorial (Stauffenbergstrasse). Deutsch-Russische Museum in Beriln Karlshorst. Sowjetisches Ehrenmal in Treptower Park. Sowjetisches Ehrenmal in Strasse 17 Juni. Reichstag. Checkpoint Charlie. Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Berlin boasts many other interesting places not so directly connected with recent history, a very interesting place.
— Davide & Michela, Chiavari (GE), Italy
Berlin -- probably my favorite city in the world! So much to do and see, and positively steeped in history! The food is excellent, the people are friendly, and the beer is world-class! Don't forget to take a walking tour, only 9 Euro with an ISIC card and well worth the money! After one day (and one night) here, you will never want to leave!
— Alex W
The Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket is now thirty euro, and is only good for one day (on either Saturday or Sunday). It is still good for up to five people and still only for local transport. Döner kebab and curry-wurst were both invented in Berlin, so try them both!
Watch out for the crazy American students (and the British ones too --they are worse -- I was one) in the doner kebab shops at about 3 a.m. Also when you order your doner ask for all the sauce alles bitte.
Visit one of the spas as mentioned in Frommers. Ten different saunas to choose from, swimming pool, cold plunge. Don't bring a bathing suit because they're coed and nude!
If you do nothing else in Berlin, make sure you book onto a walking tour. They cost about $12 and in just four hours you have a guide take you to all the main sites around the city. Well worth the money!
Forget the doner kebab, try the curry wurst!! We ate it for four days in a row and finally had our stomachs pumped, but we would be lying if we said we didn't enjoy it. Berlin is affordable for back packers. It's different! Enjoy it!
Doner kebab... if you don't know what it is, you will after you visit Germany. It's best after midnight, preferably while intoxicated.
The Schöens Wochenende (Happy Weekend) train ticket is an amazing deal if you have more time than money. For only €28 up to five people can travel all weekend on local trains (that's €28 total for up to 5 people!). If you wanted to, you can travel all the way from Berlin to Switzerland on nothing but local trains (but it takes about 10 train transfers and 10 hours to do it). Buy a pass at any German train station.
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