Hostels in Hesse Hostels in Hesse

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

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

All Cities in Hesse

We list every single hostel in Hesse and the world. In total, we have 12 cities in Hesse 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 Hesse 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 Hesse. 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 Hesse

Hesse is a state, or Bundesland, in the central western part of Germany. The capital is Wiesbaden and the largest city is Frankfurt am Main. Until 1871 and the formation of the German Reich, Hesse was an independent country ruled by the Grand Duke. Due to post-Second World War divisions, the modern-day state does not correspond exactly with the former Grand Duchy. Hesse borders the German states of Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Travellers to Hesse can fly to Frankfurt from many international and European destinations, as well as catch a train to Frankfurt or Wiesbaden from inter-European cities and within Germany. Transport within Hesse is possible without a car, as the German rail network is extensive and most small towns have a station. For remote hiking or sightseeing, you can catch a bus or arrange your own transportation.

Budget hostel accommodation in Hesse can be found in the major cities of Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden; for hostel accommodation in a smaller town, look for the words “Jugend” and “Herberge” or “Jugendherberge,” as those translate directly to “youth hostel.” Consider a guesthouse (“gasthaus”) in smaller towns, or even a bed and breakfast. Traditional backpacker hostels are hard to find outside of major cities.

Once you have your accommodation sorted, you can explore this diverse region. Hesse is mainly covered in forest and has numerous small mountain ranges, so outdoor enthusiasts will find excellent hiking trails and outdoor activities. Several of Germany’s main rivers run through Hesse and it is possible to take river cruises or canoe and kayak along them. The Rhine River, which runs through the southern part of the state, has strategically placed castles on its hillsides. Many of these are now open to the public for tours and are well-preserved examples of medieval architecture in Germany. One of Central Europe’s most important megalithic monuments is in Hesse. It is known as the Zueschen tomb, and dates to the late 4th century BCE. It is concrete evidence of prehistoric settlements in Central Europe; the Zueschen tomb is near Fritzlar, in the central part of the state, and has many other megaliths nearby. Later civilisations include the Celts, Romans, Franks, and the Saxons.

With such a long history, and plenty of outdoor pursuits, you will enjoy whatever you choose to do in Hesse!

expert for Hesse hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Hesse hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Hesse - 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 Hesse. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Hesse. 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 Hesse

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, and 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 comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

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

How much are hostels in Hesse?

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 Hesse here on 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.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Hesse 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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