Hostels in Schleswig-Holstein Hostels in Schleswig-Holstein

You are looking for hostels in Schleswig-Holstein? 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 Schleswig-Holstein 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 Schleswig-Holstein.

All Cities in Schleswig-Holstein

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

Schleswig-Holstein occupies the north-west of Germany, stretching towards Denmark. This region is clearly divided by three different types of terrain. The eastern side is made up of high cliffs and fjords offering up sheer drops towards the Baltic Sea, whilst the western side is flat and marshy and lies exposed to the North Sea. In between these two vastly different areas, you will find the countryside which is full of hills, lakes, and rich soil.

Whilst landlocked regions of the country are distinctly German, Schleswig-Holstein is almost Nordic in its atmosphere and way of life. This is because it was ruled by the Danish until the nineteenth century, when German independence was suddenly called for. Now, Schleswig-Holstein is a calm, beachy holiday destination for any visitor looking to relax. The gorgeous Baltic coast attracts artists looking to admire the windswept sea and skyscapes, whilst the main cities of Hamburg and Lubeck hold the rich culture and medieval heritage of the region.

For those savvy travellers looking to save on accommodation, Hamburg offers up a wide selection of hostels to choose from, at a much cheaper price than any in Lubeck. The city is renowned for its busy, exciting restlessness and its art galleries, theatres and canals. Stay throughout the summer months, when the weather is warm and the city gets busy, or reduce the cost of a hostel room, and come in the autumn.

You could also stay in Kiel, a less popular city in Schleswig-Holstein. Whilst it is not as pretty as Lubeck and Hamburg, Kiel has a strong history in sailing, and was established as an imperial war-port in 1871. This busy town holds a sailing regatta in late June called Kieler Woche, and is best viewed from the water, on the Kieler Ford or the canals. Although hostel choices are limited in Kiel, the prices are fair, as it is a industrial, hard working town filled with similar minded people.

If you are looking for an independent region that offers up a diverse range of landscape, atmosphere, and price to choose from, then Schleswig-Holstein is a region worth the visit. The hostels found in the northwest of Germany can be beautiful and inexpensive places to stay, just make sure that you find one that fits in with the adventure you want to have.

expert for Schleswig-Holstein hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Schleswig-Holstein hostels Jakob Lombardi

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

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 Schleswig-Holstein?

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 Schleswig-Holstein 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 Schleswig-Holstein 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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