Hostels in GermanyHostels in Germany

You are looking for hostels in Germany? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Germany hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Germany.

All Cities in Germany

We list every single hostel in Germany and the world. In total, we have 225 cities in Germany for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Germany hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Germany. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Germany

Germany is such a vast country, and home to some incredibly rich history and amazing food! Germany is also the place where hostels first started. There are literally hundreds of hostels in Germany spread across the country, with most of them being centralized around the larger cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, and Stuttgart. Of course there are many more cities to visit as well and there are also hostels scattered around in some of the smaller and less popular destinations.

Getting around Germany is easy. They have an incredibly vast public transport system. However, the further out you book from when you plan to leave, the cheaper it is to get around, especially if you are considering going by train. A cheaper alternative to the train is the Meinflixbus, which runs frequent buses all over the country as well. Make sure you book your ticket at least a couple of days out from when you are planning on travelling to avoid getting stuck and missing out, especially on weekends and during the summer.

While travelling around Germany, you must make sure that your stop includes the incredible city of Berlin. You could spend two weeks in this city and still manage to find things that will surprise you. Go and see the Berlin Wall, which is an amazing representation of the falling of the Iron Curtain after the Russian occupation of much of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. The celebrations in this area when Germany was unified and the wall came down were incredible. It is also good to take in some of the World War 2 history. After you get sad doing these things, you can then become uplifted by spending some time in the massive Berlin clubbing scene.

Munich is best known for Oktoberfest. If you are planning on doing Oktoberfest you are going to need to book your hostel for it months in advance. The place comes alive and gets totally crazy for the duration of the festival. The last thing you need to worry about while drinking all that beer is trying to find somewhere to sleep. It is a stunning city, so make sure that you take in some of the architecture as well while you are there. If you have the time, it is well worth taking the trip to go and see the Neuschwanstein Castle. It's a very stunning building to behold.

These are the two most popular places to visit in Germany and we could spend all day discussing the amazing things to see and do here. You could easily spend a month or more just traveling Germany on its own visiting hostels in numerous cities and still not get through all of the amazing things to see and do here. These hot tips for travelling though may just help you out no matter where you wind up in the country.

Firstly, majority of the people in Germany will speak English and will be able to help you with what you need, although it is good to learn a few customary words like "danke" (thank you), "bitte" (please) and of course "prost" (cheers!) just to help make friends and the locals will be more receptive.

Another random and odd thing to keep in mind while travelling Germany is that pretty much everywhere will charge you to use a public toilet. Even if you are in a bar, you will often get charged for the toilet. Make sure that you keep plenty of coins on hand so that you don't get caught without. Otherwise, travel safe and happy, and enjoy all of the amazingness that Germany has to offer!

expert for Germany hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Germany hostels Globetrotter

Travel Tips for Germany - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Germany. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Germany. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Germany

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Germany?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Germany here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Germany safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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