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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 - Berlin
"A great hostel in a brilliant location!" … "By far the best youth hostel in Berlin. I spent two weeks there and would have stayed longer! The staff are great and the atmosphere is very relaxed. The actual area is probably the nicest in town with plenty of restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. The people in the area are arty and creative which provides a great ambience." … "A small and laidback hostel. There is a...
"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 Inn - Berlin
"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,...
"The building doesn't look very nice on the outside, but it's fairly decent inside. It's called a hotel but they do offer dorm rooms. It isn't always a very social place, but they do have a large common room with tables and chairs and a small bar. The rooms are fairly large and the facilities are good." … "Two blocks from the Mehringdamm stop on the U6 line." … "… has developed its own interesting alternative culture...
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...
"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...
"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....
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...
Generator Hostel Berlin
"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...
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...
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...
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
"I had no problem with the mosquitoes. The room was nice, with six beds, cable TV, almost lockers (bring your own padlock) and en suite bathroom. Albeit a bit expensive, the breakfast was good. The Internet access could be better (just go to an Internet café). Choose the time when you go to the reception carefully. And the receptionist was awesome. :)" … "Absolutely well worth the money! The room and the ensuite toilet/shower were...
CityStay Mitte Hostel
"In dire need of a place to sleep after our plans fell through for the evening, we came across this lovely hostel. The hostel is located right by the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station and is right next to Alexanderplatz in the Mitte/East Berlin. The hostel, with its friendly staff, is clean and modern with lots of space. Our main problem with the hostel is that the access card they give you to electronically open doors sometimes stops...
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...
All In Hostel - Hotel Berlin
"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 graffitti and still eminating a sense of the East. The receptionists were very helpful, the rooms were clean (albeit stuffy) with comfortable beds and heaters. Breakfast is...
Amstel House Hostel
"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...
Hotel - Pension Adamshof
"… the shortest time. Particularly for your school and/or group travel we have an attractive arrangement. Multi-bedded rooms are avaible to your specifications. Inform about our offer and send yourselves you to us your inquiry. They receive a competent answer from us immediately. Our ideal location is just minutes away from such famous Berlin sights as the Alexanderplatz and the Chinese Garden, as well as Museums, Theatres,...
"… from 15:00 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...
Jetpak City Hostel
"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
"Small hostel with an outdoor common area with tables and a tiny indoor sitting area with a TV (local stations only) and kitchen (stove only, no microwave). It's not an especially social hostel, the common areas are often mostly empty, but you may find a few people around depending on who's staying at the time you visit. The dorm rooms are in a separate building in an alley a block and a half away (and up four flights of stairs). The...
Hostel am Friedrichshain
"… Check-out till 10:00 h ** ** Cancellations within 48 hours of arrival date will be charged with the full price (100%) of the 1st night of your booking! ** Location: very tranquil, first (ground) floor The Hostel is centrally located and well connected to visit and discover the city and specifically the “trendy areas” Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte. Distances with public transport and by...
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...
"The Rixpack is the first backpacker hostel in Neuklln - Berlin's newest hot area. Situated in a calm backyard in Neuklln downtown, subway and night bus just a step away, we offer a safe and good value place to stay. Enjoy free of charge Internet terminals and Wi-Fi, try our full equipped kitchenette or just relax in the yard. Leaving the facility you find yourself at one of Berlin's major shopping streets and only a stone's throw away you...
Amadeus Hostel Berlin
"A really intriguing and confusing hostel it is. Rooms are in a separate building from the reception desk, which has a furniture store on the ground floor. Then you would have to walk through a long and twisting hallway with at least five doors, two of them needing password to unlock them to get to your room. No private bathroom for private room, which is annoying and not worth the price. No closet or television either. It's right by...
"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...
Ostel Hostel Berlin - Design Hotel DDR
"Ostel Hostel has a great concept, furnished with antique East German furniture and ambiance, but its location makes it not worth the experience, as nighttime might feel similar to East Germany -- it certainly doesn’t feel safe. The Location Ostel is minutes from the Ostbanhof Metro stop in an area that can only be described as a slum and does not feel safe if walking home late at night. Not to mention, we were on the block of the...
MEININGER Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
"Decent hostel - A bit out of the centre of town and either a bus or metro ride away from anywhere worthwhile, this hostel is nonetheless an alright place to stay for the price (at the time of booking it was the only place left at a reasonable cost -- probably reflected in its location). Breakfast was ok, reception staff were very helpful and informative -- they told us about a great club we went to on our first night. They suggested we go...
"It is a very nice hostel - Very nice place, big kitchen, big dining room, big bedroom, big shower room, and very clean. The host were very friendly. Really recommend this hostel." … "… with a sofa. We also offer a fully furnished guest kitchen, lounge with free Internet and TV, bike rental, storage of luggage. A good breakfast with cereals, ban, eggs (hard or soft) and freshly pressed orange juice is available for EUR 3.90...
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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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