Kangaroo-Stop Backpacker Hostel



The Hostelz.com Review

Kangaroo-Stop Backpacker Hostel is a nice hostel in Dresden and reasonably good value for money. However like most hostels in Germany, sheets cost extra, which it is worth bearing in mind. Also there is free Wi-Fi throughout but everyone has an individual login code, which is given out on check in, so make sure not to misplace this!

The Location

As it's located in the new city area of Dresden, this hostel is close to the railway station Dresden Neustadt, only a five-minute walk away. If arriving in the old city by bus or at the Hauptbahnhof (main train station), it is walkable, but it's quicker and easier to get the tram. It is located in a quiet area, down a residential street and has space to park. This hostel is close to every main attraction and about a minute's walk away from two supermarkets.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are spacious and generally clean, with big individual lockers for every guest. Most rooms also have a sink in them. Every room has a key for security and after 10 p.m. reception is closed and another entrance has to be used -- a key is provided for this. The showers and toilets are fairly clean, although there is not a lot of privacy in some showers as they are grouped together, and just have a small curtain to pull across instead of a door. In the summer the rooms get very hot, because there is no air conditioning, and also there are a lot of mosquitoes around because of the big garden surrounding the hostel.

Common Spaces

This hostel has large common areas, which makes it easy to meet fellow travelers; there is also a large garden with outdoor benches where people tend to sit in the evenings. Beer is available to buy from reception, and there is a nice little book exchange in the main common room. The kitchen is big and spacious but could be cleaner. There is always a lot of dirty dishes left around, which makes it hard to find anything clean when coming to cook food.


This is a good hostel if you're stopping in Dresden for just a night or two. It is a great base to come back to after a day spent exploring the city; the only thing to let it down is that it could be cleaner.
by Pippa
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Common Room
10 bed dorm


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Kangaroo-Stop Backpacker Hostel" at Erna-Berger-Str. 8-10.)


Erna-Berger-Str. 8-10, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
51.065160, 13.744123 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+49 (351) 314 34 55
+49 (351) 314 61 70
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Good in all respects
Everything is good, location, dorm space, bed. WC is for some rather far away. Kitchen access and equipment good.
Age 76, usa
Very good!
clean and very good location close to DB rail station Neustadt. 10 min to walk to old town of Dresden. The hostess of the hostel is superb!
Age 50, Russia
Kangaroo-Stop Backpacker Hostel is a really chill hostel with a decent location, cheap prices, and helpful staff. Unfortunately, Dresden isn't very well known amongst Americans and Canadians and many travelers skip it, opting for the bigger cities like Berlin and Munich. So the travelers you meet here aren't your typical bunch but here is awesome, well traveled, and had great stories to tell. The Location The hostel is located about a five-minute walk from the Dresden-Neustadt train station, which is about a ten-minute S-bahn train ride from the Dresden Hauptbanhof (main station). It's on a quiet, residential street and they close the outdoor tables at 10 p.m. to keep the noise down and to respect the neighbors. The neighborhood seems pretty safe, but there are no street lights, so it's pitch black at night. There is a parking "lot" on their property, which we assume is free, but we didn't use it because we didn't drive. The train station nearby also has a supermarket, which is convenient for cooking in the common kitchen. It's about a ten-minute walk to the main square, called Albertplatz, where all the trams meet. It's a little far to walk to the gorgeous Old Town, but you can take tram #8 three stops to get there. The main square is also the beginning of the New Town, littered with bars, nightlife, clubs, kebab shops, and young people. Rooms and Bathrooms Three- to ten-bed dorms are offered, as well as single and double rooms and private multiple-person apartments in the building next door. The ten-bed dorm is very clean; it is like a four-bed dorm and a six-bed dorm next to each other but with the door removed. It was nice when the group in the six-bed part stayed up late and we in the four-bed part could turn out our side's lights early. The beds are decent and the funky leopard print sheets are clean, though we do remember that the oversized pillow left something to be desired. There are lockers in-room, though they vary in size; everyone receives a key for the main door, though it is rarely left locked. Sheets and towels are for hire, but are free if you stay at least three nights; no sleeping bags or sleep sheets are allowed. The women's bathroom is clean and divided into separate rooms for showers, sinks, and toilets. Three or four of the showers have curtains and one has a door; they are the push-button variety and lack soap dishes. There isn't much privacy for changing unless you do it in a toilet stall. Common Spaces This hostel has a fantastic, well-stocked kitchen with plenty of cups, plates, and cutlery; two fridges; and plenty of long table seating for meeting new people. This hostel offers a buffet breakfast for a small price. The large common room fits with its Australian "kangaroo" theme and offers two (uncomfortable) hammocks, a large (but fake) tree in the middle, and a tree stump for sitting. There are a few other couches and chairs and one tiny TV. There is a shelf in the common room that has games, DVDs, and books. There is also a camp-style wooden table and bench or two outside to grab a smoke if that's your thing and a large garden in the back, but we never saw anybody there. There's a bar but I never saw anyone at it. The desktop in reception is free but there's only one and Wi-Fi is not free, but pretty cheap. There are also washers and dryers. This is not your average party hostel but it definitely is accommodating for creating spaces to sit and chat and meet and greet. Older and younger people alike stay here. Summary This hostel only accepts cash. Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They also offer a 10% ISIC discount. They also require a pretty steep key deposit but you can submit a document instead of cash to be returned at the end of your stay. We really enjoyed both of our stays at this hostel and were impressed with the staff. On the first stay, one of the receptionists helped us sign up for a Night Walk tour of the New Town. When we told her the next day that the guy never showed up, she called him for me to inquire what happened. The second time we stayed here, we sent an email asking if they had availability and another receptionist recognized me by name! It's a nice place and you can't go wrong with the price!
Courtney Wilcox
Altogether pleasant
The location is very good -- a very short walk from the Neustadt station. The walk across the river to the Altstadt is a great way to enter the town. The bedding was among the most comfortable I've ever had in a hostel. The woman who checked me in was extremely friendly and helpful. Altogether a great place to stay in Dresden.

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