Hostels in Karlsruhe, Germany

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Get to know Karlsruhe (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 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 Karlsruhe.

Karlsruhe is one of those places that reminds anyone coming through of how wars sustainably ruin cities. The city was flattened during the war and what has been built since rarely pleases the eye. There is a bit of pretty here and there and a nice castle and botanical garden, but overall this probably is one of the ugliest cities you will find in southern Germany.

As it's lacking the classic old-world sights that travelers long for, it doesn't see a lot of recreational visitors. What it does have is a very renowned university and the according student life. But it is not quite thriving as much as in other cities. There are some museums that are well worth visiting such as the ZKM (center for art and media technology), which is one of a kind in Germany. Also the museum of Baden, exhibiting anything regarding local nobility, has jaw-dropping exhibits.

The question of whether this is enough to lure backpackers into Karslruhe hostels can easily be answered with a resounding no. Privately run hostels have been heard of, but apparently just can't make a living off the little backpacking traffic that frequents Karlsruhe. As the options for Karlsruhe hostels are extremely limited (and government run), what exists is quite often fully booked. This is not that surprising, as in any other city that has limited housing and sees such a massive onslaught of new university students each semester. Thus, if you want to travel to Karlsruhe in October or April, you are well advised to book way ahead or you might end up homeless with a couple of thousand of equally room-free undergraduates.

Karlsruhe might be worth as an emergency overnighter if you plan on heading into the Black Forest, to which the city is kind of the northern gate. Train connections to all parts of the country are frequent from here! Getting around in town with the tramway is also easy and affordable, as is bus transportation.

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A hostel in Karlsruhe costs on average $38 for a dorm. A hostel in Karlsruhe with private rooms costs on average $108. shows all 5 Hostels in Karlsruhe. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 5 hostels in Karlsruhe, Germany. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Karlsruhe such as
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Karlsruhe 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 Karlsruhe, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$38 Average dorm price
$108 Average private room price
$33 Cheapest hostel in Karlsruhe
Jugendherberge Karlsruhe is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Karlsruhe
Jugendherberge Karlsruhe is the best rated
3 Average rating of all hostels

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