Halle is city with a historic core in the former industrial area of then East Germany. Though Halle isn't on the radar of most hostel backpackers or travelers, there are Halle hostels and you may find a visit amusing as this small city has a few tricks up its sleeves. Though impressions of the area are often overcast with tales of the not-quite abandon factories and housing blocks, the area has cultural offerings, as well as quirky kicks like the oldest chocolate factory in Germany and accompanying museum or an odd little Beatles tribute museum.
Halle is cheap, so those who are on a budget will be able to stretch their money easily. The city is strangely calm, perhaps because there aren't many cars as in much of Germany and a mix of wide streets and population decline mean there's lots of space on the city's grand boulevards. In the city center, the city is denser as are the cultural sights. You'll frequently run into the tram lines that criss-cross town, and easily be whisked to and from the central station aboard many of the lines. Just remember the German word “Hauptbahnhof.”
For those who seek to marvel at the wonders of DDR urban design, head West to Halle Neustadt (New-City) and get lost among the towering brutalist apartment buildings. Much has been re-invested in this area, in very recent years, yet many blocks still remain abandoned.
There are a couple of choices of Halle hostels. Among hostels in Halle, there are newer style places with central locations, a short walk from the central station, or easy tram ride. And there is one traditional association hostel, institutional and strangely stuck between the past and present, located a bit outside of town. Choose based on what type of experience you're up for, its not hard to get around Halle. Moreover, the city outside of the center may be a good part of why you're thinking of visiting. For alternatives consider that Leipzig is just 20 minutes away.
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