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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
"A converted residential building, with many rooms offering a balcony. There is a large common area with a bar, a bunch of tables, and a foosball table (table soccer) and there are usually a lot of people hanging out there. On the negative side, the bathrooms aren't very good (poor lighting, no shower hooks, cheap toilet paper), internet access is expensive, and the nearest phone is three blocks away. Other than that, it is a bright and fun...
Baxpax Kreuzberg Hostel
"Good location just outside of a metro stop, with large common areas including a pool table, kitchen, and balcony. The building is a refurbished factory, but it's now a nicely decorated hostel. €10 key deposit required, and an extra fee for sheets. They don't allow you to extend your stay at check-out time in the high season, so you must reserve a bed for your full stay ahead of time. They don't allow you to extend your stay at check-out...
Lette'm Sleep Hostel Berlin
"GREAT HOSTEL!!! The staff here were very friendly. The room was huge. We had plenty of room. Clean beds and linen, a sink in the room, and there is free internet in the common room. It is not located directly in the city. It is a 5 minute walk from the metro which will get you to the city in no time at all. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, including an excellent Mexican place two doors down. There is a laundry facility just down...
"There are a lot of good hostel choices in Berlin, and the Circus Hostel is one of the most popular. This place is colorful, beautiful, well-run, and impeccably kept. It's definitely not the cheapest hostel in Berlin and there are a few annoyances, but overall it does what it does very well and you can see the reason for its popularity. The Location The Circus is in pretty much the most ideal location you could get as a backpacker in...
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." … "It is a good value. This hostel is near a Metro station and it is...
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...
"10 minutes with the tramlines 2, 3, or 4 from Alexanderplatz to Weissensee." … "… Hoffmanns Hostel is quiet and comfortable, off the beaten track of busy Berlin. All of the buildings are in a private courtyard. The main building holds the rooms. The kitchen and common area are in another building just 10 meters away and there is an outdoor garden area with table and chairs. There are also lockers in each room as well...
Jetpak Forest Eco Lodge
"It was simply fantastic! I loved every moment I was there. Was only in Berlin for three days, during the quarterfinals of the World Cup and yet found it extremely difficult to leave the hostel to go out and explore the city. Nice big space with a field to play some soccer, table tennis tables, foosball table, free internet access, breakfast -- really wonderful. The family running the place are the friendliest people in the world. First day I...
David's Cozy Auberge in Old Berlin
"I was only there one night, but I had so much fun with David and Valentin that I never will forget it. They are sort of entertainers, and they should definitely join the show business! It is basically a living room with a kitchen, where everyone meets, and the bedrooms, which are sort of basic, but clean and quiet. Highly recommended." … "A small and nice little place, warm, clean and always has nice people. But it wasn't as gay...
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
"Best Hostel!! - This was not the best quality hostel I've stayed in, but it was my favorite. Let me explain, there was a TV room and a game room with ping pong and fuseball tables. The lobby was amazin--looked like a swanky bar. The staff was awesome! and you can get to know them personally. It has 24/7 reception and snack bar and free breakfast (although I never took advantage so i cant comment on teh food--befor 9 or 10am though) The rooms...
"This is by far the best hostel that I have stayed at. It has great atmosphere, great people, it's quiet when it needs to be, good location, very accommodating. The security is top notch as well, the best that I have ever experienced. The owners give great advice and help you with whatever you need. A free tour leaves from the front door as well. I would recommend it to anyone going to Berlin. Great place." … "This place was is a great...
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....
JH am Wannsee Berlin Hostel
"I was here during the World Cup 2006. Made friends with a mad Frenchman. We ended up partying every night on the main parade in Berlin. They had a twenty-four-hour train service during the world cup -- not sure if that is all the time. But that allowed us back to Wansee pretty easily late at night. Wansee has great views over a lake -- it is also very close to Potsdam which has the awesome Scholss Sanssouci with pretty cool gardens and...
Ernst Reuter Hostel - Berlin
"Located in the north of Berlin, in the Reinickendorf district belonging to Tegel/Hermsdorf." … "The hostel is situated in a wooded area, about 30 minutes by bus from all major Berlin attractions and 5km from the airport. Accommodation is in 6-bedded rooms. Facilities and services include TV,Internet access, table football, small football pitch, board games, table tennis, laundry and meals. Free 15 minutes Wi-Fi trial ticket for each...
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...
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...
Riverside Lodge Berlin
"… Berlin's interesting neighbourhoods.Not mainstream, is it?Riverside Lodge services... free tea and 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...
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...
"… we offer reminds of a hotel. A wide choice of warm and cold meals are available at a cafe restaurant next doors from 9am until midnight. Further, an inhouse vending machine provides hot beverages like coffee and tea. Selected snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase at the reception. Upon request we are happy to provide extra towels and a bunk bed for families with childen up to 12 years old. As common in hostels, the...
"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)." … "… (bridge upon the river spree) you will find a lot of art and history concerning Berlin. There is no lack of events and providing good weather, you can wonderfully relax in the many...
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...
Hostel Die Etage
"Great hostel for the price! - This hostel was great for the cheap price. The reception was so friendly and so informative about the best things to do in Berlin. It was also nice that there was a large kitchen available and a common room to lounge out in. I'd definitely recommend this hostel to others. Sure, it may be a bit further from the rest of Berlin, but you'd have to take the subway anyways, no matter where you stay. Berlin is a big...
"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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