Hostels in Berlin, Germany

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Get to know Berlin (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Berlin. To help you make friends with Berlin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Hostels in Berlin

Berlin is the capital of Germany and its motto is “poor but sexy”. Even though “poor” is not what it looks like at all, the second part is definitely true for nightlife and clubbing. Berlin is divided into twelve suburbs. If you are looking for a hostel in Berlin, you should try to stay in a central location since the city is very widespread and travelling times are significant. Some of the best suburbs to find a Berlin hostel in are Mitte (this is where most of the historic sights are), Charlottenburg, or Pankow.

Berlin is served by two airports, Tegel and Schönefeld. Both can easily be accessed by train and bus services. Getting around or to and from your Berlin hostel is no problem since there is a comprehensive public transport system in place. It can be a bit puzzling so take your time to familiarize yourself with it. Be aware that it might take a significant amount of time to get around.

While you are there, you can experience the fusion of past and present German history with lots of historic sights and the Reichstag to visit. Discover countless museums (do not miss the Museumsinsel). You can also gaze at the iconic Brandenburger Tor, watch an opera at the German state opera, or try to find a remaining part of the Berlin Wall (the East Side Gallery is the best bit still remaining). According to the motto of Berlin, have some fun and discover the vibrant nightlife or buy some cutting-edge clothes by an up-and-coming German designer.

Book your Berlin hostel bed well in advance, especially if you are visiting in summer. There are many hostels in the city, but Berlin is a popular destination so they can fill up fast.

A Republic since 1990, Berlin is one of 16 states in Germany. Berlin is also Germany’s capital and largest city. Over a third of the area is made up of lakes, parks and forests. Berlin is a perfect blend of the old and the new, historic and the modern architecture, old values and new technology, an interesting study of contrasts. Home to the biggest ballet company in Germany, 3 opera houses, and 170 museums, this is a place where you could spend a lot of time and not see half of what there is to see in this amazing location.

There are castles, cruises, concerts and shows, shopping supreme, and museums of every kind in Berlin.

History buffs may want to see the Church of St. Nicholas, the Ephraim Palais, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the Soviet War Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, The Palace of Tears, The Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall. The Berliner Dom and the Deutscher Dom are known worldwide.

The 170 museums cover just about every subject and include themes such as Jewish, art, musical instrument, ethnological, story, photo, Anne Frank, childhood and youth collection and Islamic Art. Visitors should allow at least 1 full day to visit the Pergamon Museum. A trip to the Museum Park will provide 5 museums on-site for your viewing pleasure. It is recommended that visitors purchase a Berlin Pass that will provide free entry to 60 museums.

Kids will want to visit Legoland, the Berlin Dungeons, Mme. Tussauds, the Berlin Zoo and the Aqua Dom.

There are botanical gardens, an Olympic stadium, biking and walking tours, boat rides, concerts and shows to add to your list of things to do.

If you are looking for something different, you can take a swim at the Bathing Ship on the Spree River. Another option would be to visit one of the weinerei’s in Berlin where patrons pay to borrow a glass, keep track of their drinks and then decide how much to pay for their evening of fun. There are Escape Rooms where you have to use logic to figure out how to open the door. Another option might be to visit a totally dark restaurant where neither you nor the wait staff can see your food.

When you decide to book your room, you will find there are ever so many ways to stay in Berlin. Visitors can choose luxury hotels, inns, guesthouses, hostels or urban camping. There are dozens of hostels in every part of Berlin. Hostels may also be listed under guesthouse, inn, or backpacker titles.

Written by local enthusiast for Berlin hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Berlin hostels Mona

FAQ about Berlin Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Berlin. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Berlin. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Berlin costs on average $27 for a dorm. A hostel in Berlin with private rooms costs on average $102.
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The Circus Hostel is the best hostel in Berlin for couples.
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Grand Hostel Berlin Classic is the best rated hostel for partying in Berlin.

It offers: Pub Crawls, Bar.

Your Packing List for Berlin

Your Packing List for Berlin

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Berlin and Germany.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Berlin Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Berlin, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
79 Total number of hostels
$27 Average dorm price
$102 Average private room price
$21 Cheapest hostel in Berlin
Die Fabrik is the cheapest
14 Party hostels in Berlin
Grand Hostel Berlin Classic is the best rated
Most Berlin hostels are located in
Mitte, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Pankow
7 Average rating of all hostels

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Fürstenberg (76 Km / 47 mi.)
Frankfurt an der Oder (80 Km / 50 mi.)
Heideblick (81 Km / 50 mi.)

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

Berlin is without any doubt one of the best cities I've ever visited. The history behind the buildings, the urban art, the contrast between neighborhoods if they were in the Soviet part or not, and all shops and restaurants with an affordable price makes Berlin a city that I would not have any problem to visit many times, even live there for a while ( but not in winter please, is really cold and is dark at 5:30 in the afternoon, really depressive for a Spanish guy like me).

VICTORGCORPA

This is a city full of nightclubs, but they're so secret though -- you've got to find them.

Anonymous

If you go to East Berlin, you have to consider that the East (and West also) had been isolated for fifty years and old people still have the cold war inside their brains. Go to district of Kreuzberg and Neukölln -- Germans are the minority there, or go to Vienna.

David

It is the most unfriendly place in Europe. We went to a bar where locals go, right next to our hostel. As Brazilians, my friends and I have little dark skin. When we sat down, we noticed that people were staring at us. We tried to talked to a German girl but she did not even look at me and went away. We ordered some beer but it took half an hour to come. The bartender told us that they did not like foreigners and it would be better for us to just go a place where there are more international people.

mario

Berlin is the ideal city for going out and party, because it's full of attractive pubs and discos. It's not a beautiful city but it has a lot of history, lots of museums, and lots of things to do and see. Berlin is very cheap too (at least comparing with other European cities) so you can get cheap and good accommodations, cheap meals and drinks. Museums are cheap too, especially if you have your student card. I'd recommend visiting the Cinema Museum, next to Potsdammer platz.

Sira

The Alternative Berlin tour is excellent (if a little slow at time). It is free, you just tip at the end. It takes you to some crazy but great sites you wouldn't know about yourself -- these places don't appear in guidebooks. They meet at Starbucks in Alexanderplatz at 11 a.m. each morning.

Angela

I suggest also going to the DDR Museum -- it's very different than all the other museums, with the exhibits being largely hands on and showing what life was like growing up in the DDR. It's by the river on the Alexanderplatz side of the Berliner Dom.

Angela

We found Berlin a very safe place, much more than Paris or London. For those like us wh like history there's plenty of things to see and do. Even think to plan a week to spend there. We recommend Deustches Historiches Museum (one full day from opening until closure). Topographie des Terrors. German Resistance Memorial (Stauffenbergstrasse). Deutsch-Russische Museum in Beriln Karlshorst. Sowjetisches Ehrenmal in Treptower Park. Sowjetisches Ehrenmal in Strasse 17 Juni. Reichstag. Checkpoint Charlie. Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Berlin boasts many other interesting places not so directly connected with recent history, a very interesting place.

Davide & Michela, Chiavari (GE), Italy

Berlin -- probably my favorite city in the world! So much to do and see, and positively steeped in history! The food is excellent, the people are friendly, and the beer is world-class! Don't forget to take a walking tour, only 9 Euro with an ISIC card and well worth the money! After one day (and one night) here, you will never want to leave!

Alex W

The Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket is now thirty euro, and is only good for one day (on either Saturday or Sunday). It is still good for up to five people and still only for local transport. Döner kebab and curry-wurst were both invented in Berlin, so try them both!

Anonymous

Watch out for the crazy American students (and the British ones too --they are worse -- I was one) in the doner kebab shops at about 3 a.m. Also when you order your doner ask for all the sauce alles bitte.

Hannah

If you do nothing else in Berlin, make sure you book onto a walking tour. They cost about $12 and in just four hours you have a guide take you to all the main sites around the city. Well worth the money!

Janine

Forget the doner kebab, try the curry wurst!! We ate it for four days in a row and finally had our stomachs pumped, but we would be lying if we said we didn't enjoy it. Berlin is affordable for back packers. It's different! Enjoy it!

VarKat

Doner kebab... if you don't know what it is, you will after you visit Germany. It's best after midnight, preferably while intoxicated.

Anonymous

The Schöens Wochenende (Happy Weekend) train ticket is an amazing deal if you have more time than money. For only €28 up to five people can travel all weekend on local trains (that's €28 total for up to 5 people!). If you wanted to, you can travel all the way from Berlin to Switzerland on nothing but local trains (but it takes about 10 train transfers and 10 hours to do it). Buy a pass at any German train station.

Anonymous

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