HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel, Bacharach
HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel, Bacharach
HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel, Bacharach
HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel, Bacharach
HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel, Bacharach

HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel, Bacharach

55 Reviews
Family-Friendly Hostel Groups (10+ people) Solo Traveller

HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel Reviews

HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel is one of the most special Hosteling International (HI) hostels you can stay at around the world. Who can resist a magical night's sleep in a castle high above the town of Bacharach with an amazing view down the Rhine Valley at the price of a hostel?

The Location

This hostel is located at the top of a hill about a fifteen-minute walk above the town of Bacharach. It is a very steep climb, though, so it would not be suitable for anyone with a suitcase or too much luggage (the tourist info centre in town does store luggage overnight, so this is also an option but check opening hours first). From the train station, you head right and almost straight away on the left you will see some steps that take you on a walk up the Medieval walls. This is the easier walking route up to the hostel. Free parking is also available for anyone with a car. A supermarket and some small restaurants can be found in town. It is a convenient place to stay to enjoy the rest of the Rhine Valley.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This hostel has rooms ranging from one to nine beds that are allocated as dorms or privates, depending on the bookings at that time. Dorm rooms are divided by gender and you cannot book a particular dorm size, so you might end up in a nine-bed or a two-bed with or without en suite bathroom. Rooms are in three different buildings, so rooms vary across the property; some rooms have been renovated recently and others feel old or small with low ceilings. If you can, try and get a room in the castle tower. All rooms have a narrow wardrobe for each bed, but they aren't lockable and aren't big enough for anything larger than a daypack. Some rooms also have individual power points and reading lights. Recently renovated rooms have very solidly built beds, so beds don't shake or creak at all.

Some rooms have en suite bathrooms with a shower and toilet, but others have communal bathrooms. The communal bathrooms aren't designed very well, as there is only one bathroom with one toilet and one shower between two large rooms and because the shower has a glass door and no other space to dress, you have to lock the bathroom for privacy. If the nine-bed is full, you could end up waiting a while for the bathroom.

Common Spaces

This hostel is more designed for groups and families and not backpackers, so the facilities reflect this. The main common area is the large, open courtyard with a view over the Rhine and is a great place to relax. The hostel has a cafe open during the day and a restaurant with breakfast and dinner available. Breakfast is included and has a good offering of continental options. A kids common room is also available for anyone with young children and you can play table tennis in the castle courtyard. Wi-Fi is available but it is pricey. During our stay it was all groups and families, so it doesn't have a party or social vibe. Reception hours are limited and vary by the time of year.


This hostel is perfect for anyone who has dreams of staying in a castle for a night without needing the budget of a royal.
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View of Bacharach Hostel on the way up
View across courtyard
Table Tennis
2 bed room
Large dorm
Large dorm
View from the courtyard
View of the hostel from another tower along the fortifications
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-09-14

Pretty Nice

So this is the first hostel I've ever stayed at. Thought it was awesome that it is a castle also. We didn't get to see much of the quiet town down below and it seemed as if we had just missed a sort of harvest festival. Quaint, charming, lovely trails to ride horses on or simply walk through. Everyone we ran into were great, I would surely recommend anyone to stay there, definitely when it's during the warmer season. Would I ever go back? Maybe, maybe not. I'd consider if I happen to be passing through by chance -- but there many other castles to see in Germany.


This hostel is the best.perfectly charming.

Gorgeous views of the Rhine below. I could have sat on the ramparts of this castle and enjoyed the view of the Rhine below for hours. So peaceful.My husband and I enjoyed some wine from the Castle and relaxed in the courtyard watching the boats sail by below.What a romantic setting.

The location high up on the hill makes walking up a bit of a climb but well worth the view at each step. Close to train station.We came by car and drove up the road from the back and had ample parking in lot and on street.There was a bus stop for local traffic there also.

l.The room we had was in a tower all by ourselves .It had a sink,bunkbeds and

a gorgeous view. The bathrooms and showers were down the hall and were clean.It did have a light that if you didn't press it on again it would go out (energy saver) which was a bit unnerving at first.

The common spaces that were a room for games some vending machines for snacks and even a room for children to play stocked with puzzles and building blocks and toys for younger children.

The food was served cafeteria style and we had breakfast which was a huge choice of fresh fruit,eggs,meat, breads and hot chocolate, juices and coffee.While we were there only one other adult and a visiting school group was in the other area of the castle, so our sleep was quiet. As we are not smokers ,it was delightful not to have to deal with smokers.

It was as if we had the place to ourselves.The staff was efficient,spoke English and were friendly and helpful

Summary:l this was a great experience in a gorgeous setting that I would recommend as a must do for castle lovers and Rhine travelers.

Judy Economou
united states Hawaii

loved it

It has been 50 years since I stayed here during a two month long bicycle tour of Europe. I was 18 years old and full of adventure. What I remember most is the long trek up the steps to the hostel.

I'm sure it was a bit more primitive in 1959 - but still one of the favorite places I stayed during that trip through England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.

I would love to go back.


Very nice accommodations above the town of Bacharach

We stayed at the Hostel in Aug. of 2009 with a group of music students and everyone had a great time. You accessed the Hostel by either car or you hiked up about three-hundred fifty steps from the town of Bacharach. Accommodations were clean and comfortable, although some rooms are small in size. Food in the cafeteria was very good and we always had enough to eat. Views over the Rhine River Valley were fantastic and could be enjoyed from the Hostel's courtyard, while enjoying a glass of wine. The Hostel staff were always helpful. Other guests ranged from other adults, young adults, to families with young kids. The quiet time after 10 p.m. was always adhered to by both the staff and quests. I would return to the Hostel as the experience was an enjoyable one.

Ralph O.
United States / California

What a wonderful experience it was!

I visited the hostel as a student twenty years ago (1989). Now I am forty years old. I remember what a beautiful hostel it was and hope to visit again. My father also stayed at the same hostel in the 1950s.



I, along with my husband and four-year-old son, stayed one night in this wonderful castle/hostel in the fall of 2007. This was our first trip to Europe and we didn't know what to expect at a hostel. Two weeks before arriving in the Rhineland we had stayed at a hostel in Rothenbug, and found the experience their lovely as well. But I think this hostel was more fun since it is in an old castle and they also have a playroom with toys for young kids to play in. We loved everything about it and would have stayed longer but there was no room available. Hope to go back again someday.

Krista G


This was our first Hostel experience and it was wonderful. I am a mom in her forties and went with my eighteen-year-old son and his eighteen-year-old buddy. We all loved this place. We met so many nice people! The employees were also very helpful and nice. Everything was super clean, the views were amazing, we had seven windows in our room that looked out all over the vineyards on the hills as well as cool views of the castle, itself. The breakfast was very nice, as was the dinner. My boys ran up the stairs with their backpacks and I took a taxi. Great family place as well as great for single travelers. Not your typical "college" student youth hostel. Burg Stahleck was a great start to a two-week tour of Germany.

Donna Gardner

Cool hostel, but take a taxi with your backpack!

This hostel was very cool. Super clean and modern. I was pleasantly surprised. Bacharach was beautiful and cozy, worth a one night stay. Lots of German families at this hostel, but the pub in the basement was full of families playing cards. There is no night life in town and I felt weird having a beer down in the hostel pub with another backpacker surrounded by happy families. But, do not try to hike up that foot path if you have a large backpack. It almost killed us, plus it was pouring in the rain. I twisted my ankle and suffered for a week. We arrived on a Saturday and there was no taxi service available on that day. If there is no taxi service, do not attempt that crazy steep hill with a backpack or luggage. You have been warned!


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Location and Contact




Address: Burg Stahleck, Bacharach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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Website HI - Bacharach - Burg Stahleck Hostel Bacharach www.hihostels.com/hostels/bacharach
Phone Number: +49 (6743) 1266
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage

BBQ Grill

Credit Card Payments



Lounge Area


Curfew: No Curfew

Open Dates: Closed 24.12.2003 to 26.12.2003

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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