Hostels in North Rhine-Westphalia Hostels in North Rhine-Westphalia

You are looking for hostels in North Rhine-Westphalia? 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 North Rhine-Westphalia 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 North Rhine-Westphalia.

All Cities in North Rhine-Westphalia

We list every single hostel in North Rhine-Westphalia and the world. In total, we have 25 cities in North Rhine-Westphalia 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 North Rhine-Westphalia 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 North Rhine-Westphalia. 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 North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia is a state in west Germany with a high concentration of places of interest for visitors. Cologne (its biggest city), Düsseldorf (its capital), and Bonn (the former capital of West Germany) are just some of the most attractive cities.

North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the most interesting places for travelers who are visiting Germany. In each of the cities that you want to visit, there will be at least one hostel available. A&O is a big hostel chain that offers accommodations in most of the cities. These hostels are normally big in size with many rooms and a vibe that may seem more like a hotel to some visitors. Smaller and locally owned hostels can also be found in the bigger cities.

North Rhine-Westphalia attracts several different kinds of visitors. Long-term travelers, tourists on a weekend trip, and business men can be found in the hostels.

Traveling around North Rhine-Westphalia is easy. Trains, light rail transit, intercity and local buses, and even the metro connect the different cities with frequent departures. It is therefore easy to visit several cities in North Rhine-Westphalia during one trip, even if time is limited.

Cologne, or “Köln” in German, is the biggest tourist attraction. It offers a beautiful, historical old town on the river banks. The city offers a great nightlife while its famous cathedral can be seen on many postcards. Kölsch is a type of beer that originates from Cologne and can be enjoyed all over North Rhine-Westphalia. Other historical cities that are worth visiting include Aachen, Bonn and Münster. Until the German wall collapsed, Bonn was the capital of the former West Germany. Aachen is only a stone's throw away from the Dutch border as well as the city of Maastricht and can easily be used as a last rest stop before traveling on to the Netherlands.

Düsseldorf does not have an old town as authentic as the cities previously mentioned. However, it has been rebuilt completely since World War 2 to look as it did before the bombardments. Düsseldorf is also renowned for its shopping. Another city that many people visit is Dortmund. Dortmund does not have as many attractions as other cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, but there are frequently concerts featuring great international artists in the city’s Westfalenhallen. Also, home matches from football club Borussia Dortmund attract many visitors from other places in Germany and abroad, as the atmosphere in the stadium is known to be unique. It's best to book a hostel in Dortmund after an event in one of those venues.

North Rhine-Westphalia has a lot to offer its visitors. And due to the short travel times and good connections, it's easy to combine the different cities into one trip.

expert for North Rhine-Westphalia hostels

Handwritten by local expert for North Rhine-Westphalia hostels Martin Straatman

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

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 North Rhine-Westphalia?

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 North Rhine-Westphalia 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 North Rhine-Westphalia 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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