This is your answer to where to stay in Berlin on a budget AND have an epic time.
We actually visited all accommodations on this list in person!
We found one 5 Star Hostel, creative boutique hostels, chill-out places and party hostels.
There will be no reviews here stating ‘Berlin hotel cheap, no social vibes’.
This is strictly a guide to awesome hostels with memorable rooms to stay in.
Keen for a 5 Star? Jump straight our full guide to Wallyard Concept Hostel here.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
In Berlin, there’s a real mix of art, history and modern architecture found among the streets here. Perfect for travellers looking to learn and have a generally great time. The German capital is on your bucket list for your Europe trip for sure, no way around it.
In this guide we cover:
- Introduction to Berlin Hostels
- 3 Coolest Hostels in Berlin
- Best Berlin Hostels for Solo Travellers
- Best Party Hostels
- Family Hostels in Berlin
- Where to stay in Berlin cheap
- Fun Things to do in Berlin
- Promo Codes
- Map with all Sights and Hostels
- Flights to Berlin
As always, we put all places to stay in Berlin on a budget on a map.
This way you can see their exact location, and get an idea how far it is from main sights like Berlin Wall, and the TV Tower.
Quick Introduction to Berlin Hostels
Average price for a bed: Looking for a Berlin cheap stay? A bed in a dorm can be cheap, costing from 9€ – 19€ per night.
Hostels with private rooms in Berlin start from 50€ to 120€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Tourism Tax: Be aware that private rooms in Berlin incur an added tax. For example, there is a 5% city tax for private rooms.
Suddenly cheap areas to stay in become that little bit more expensive so choose a shared room if you’re looking to save pennies.
Private Rooms: Book as soon as you have your dates fixed. Be in the know by booking your chosen hostel beforehand if you’re going to book a private room. Especially private rooms in cool hostels are hard to get in Berlin.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Berlin, Germany
Come on then, let’s not waste any more precious time. Let’s cut this short, here are the 3 top Berlin hostels:
- Wallyard Concept Hostel – best choice for solo travellers and hipster couples
- The Circus Hostel – great for couples
- Grand Hostel Berlin Classic – top pick for female solo travellers
Let’s cut it even shorter: Wallyard Concept Hostel is the absolute TOP Hostel in Berlin.
1. Wallyard Concept Hostel (The 5 Star Hostel)
Alright, you made it that far and we want to make this really quick: Wallyard Concept Hostel is the coolest hostel in Berlin.
First up is a stylish boutique hostel, combining an industrial design with the hipster vibe of Berlin. Come on in and have a look at Wallyard Concept Hostel.
It’s the modern traveller that will surely love our chosen 5 Star Hostel in Berlin.
Wallyard is perched in central Berlin, nearby the Government quarter and Kreuzberg. The neighborhood is called Moabit, and it is off the beaten path.
That is why it is PERFECT!
You have the real Berlin experience, yet the city in front of you.
So from all the cool hostels to stay in Berlin, we always recommend Wallyard; as we call it for short.
Good to know: Wallyard offers cheapest prices on their official website. If you book them, say hi from us, from Hostelgeeks 🙂 It would mean the world to us!
Looking for a quiet hostel?
Then Wallyard is fantastic too.
Why? It is located in a quiet street AND the rooms are separated from the common area.
This is why at night you will sleep without any noise.
We absolutely love that (a quiet good night sleep is really important to us when travelling!)
There are double private rooms, mixed and female dorms available to choose from. All of them have a bold, minimalist design that we just love.
What else is there to get excited about?
- A lounge + art salon
- Bike Hire (recommended!)
- A sunny backyard
- Wallyard cafe + bar
- Free WiFi in the bar and rooms
Treat yourself to a Mama’s Breakfast Ole and a hot coffee to kick-start your day.
The former-factory-spaces are a wonderful place to chill and mingle. There is no free breakfast at Wallyard, it costs extra. However, highly recommended to start your day with the delicious breakfast here.
We had a super creamy coffee, and nutella waffles – yummy.
Great value for price!
Note: Groups larger than 6 are not accepted here. Scroll down for nice hostels accepting groups in Berlin.
We should mention that linen is not included here. Unusual we know, but that’s the way it is. Set aside an extra 3.90€ per bed.
We have actually been in person here. Have a read of our full review of Wallyard Concept Hostel for even more reasons to book.
You will see why it is a real hit. It is a beautiful design hostel, a real Luxury Hostel in Berlin. Simply put: it is the cities only 5 Star Hostel!
Wallyard Concept Hostel is the best hostel in Berlin for:
- Female Solo-Travellers
- Hipster Solo Travellers
- Hipster Couples
- Adult Travelers
- Families too (rooms are separated from common area, good for sleeping!)
You won’t find the young kids and hardcore party travelers here!
Good to know: Wallyard offers cheapest prices on their official website. If you book them, say hi from us, from Hostelgeeks 🙂 It would mean the world to us!
2. The Circus Hostel (home-brewed craft beer)
The time has never been better to run away and join The Circus Hostel.
There really never is a dull moment here.
Once again we bring you a centrally located hostel surrounded by excellent bars, restaurants, museums and sights.
They offer everything from affordable dorm beds to entire apartments decorated in bright design.
In fact, Circus Hostel is more about private spaces than shared. This place is featured on many guides to top 10 hostels in Berlin. No surprise here!
So for the travelling peeps out there that appreciate alone time, have a look at:
- Circus Apartment (4 people)
- Double Deluxe
- Double private
- Solo private
Otherwise, secure a bed in an 8-10 bed dorm and look forward to meeting new faces.
Want to hear something pretty cool? Always!
There is all all-you-can-eat buffet for as little as 5€ that’s available until 1 pm every day! This way you can enjoy a late night, a lay-in AND an excellent start to the day. Thanks, Circus!
The international team at Circus are well travelled and understand what it means to be a backpacker.
That’s why all of these lovely things exist here:
- In-house bar + cafe
- In-house microbrewery
- 24-hour reception + no curfew
- Bike rental
- Events, sports, music, trivia nights
- Free walking tour in Berlin
Believe it or not, there is still more to mention. But I guess you’ll have to book a night (or three) to discover the rest.
The Circus Hostel is the best Berlin boutique hostel for:
- Small Groups
3. Grand Hostel Berlin Classic (no bunks!)
Although not always easy to come by, it’s possible to enjoy guilt-free and affordable majestic luxury at Grand Hostel Berlin Classic.
The staff kick-start the experience with a super friendly welcome and continue to always be at hand during your stay.
If you want a central hostel in Berlin, lively and historic; Grand Hostel is the perfect option for you.
So, of course, there are shared dorms here.
But for a nice change you won’t be seeing any bunk beds, just free-standing solid single beds instead. Score!
Honestly, it’s like walking into a hotel room only bigger and more sociable.
Female solo travellers listen up: that little bit of added luxury is waiting for you in the single private option.
All private rooms at Grand Hostel include:
- Free slippers
- High-speed WiFi
- Linen, towel + mineral water
- Pets allowed
You won’t have to go very far to have a good time – just head to the library bar on-site.
Alongside a cold drink and books, this is where you can join in German lessons, beer tasting, cocktail nights and DJ sets.
Make sure you reserve an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast the day before. It’s seriously generous!
Staff promise to deliver regular bar crawls and guided tours. In fact, there are actually in-house guides so you know it’s going to be good.
Grand Hostel Berlin Classic is the coolest hostel in Berlin for:
- Female solo-travellers
Best Hostels in Berlin for Solo Travellers
Honestly, it seems these days that most people are travelling solo.
We think that’s awesome! So much can be said for exploring the world your way. It’s ultimate freedom.
With that in mind, you’ll want a great accommodation to compliment your journey when backpacking Berlin. You need a fun, cool and clean hostel, right?!
As previously mentioned we found…
- Best hostel in Berlin for solo travellers: Wallyard Concept Hostel
- Best hostel in Berlin for female solo travellers: Grand Hostel Berlin Classic
The coolest backpacker hostel in Berlin is Grand Hostel too.
We figured we’d throw in one more for you because we’re nice like that.
Let us introduce EastSeven Berlin.
This is strictly a no party hostel, yet guests continually say it’s a great place to meet people as a solo traveller.
Relax in the quiet garden or lounge and explore as a group by joining the free walking tour that leaves daily.
EastSeven is located in Mitte (central district), with Alexander Platz in walking distance. Ideal for travellers seeking the true spirit of Berlin.
Best Party Hostels in Berlin
To help you save time, we did some research on the nice hostels in Berlin for partying. Personally, we are not huge party travelers, but of course we want this guide to be complete.
And we think we’ve found a real banger!
Vetted by one of our craziest party buddies, One80 made the cut!
One80 Hostel likes to make it as easy as possible to make new friends.
In fact, when looking for good hostels in Berlin, One80 will come up for sure. It is for sure the best hostel in Berlin east.
It starts with a great night’s sleep in a comfy bed and an extensive breakfast for an extra fee. This will surely put you in a good mood.
Take that good mood with you to a Friday pub crawl and or mosey on down to the hostel bar and courtyard after a fun day exploring the vibrant heart of the city.
Especially in summer, One80 is a super fun place to stay at. Make sure you hit the bar and check their happy hours and special offers.
Family Hostels in Berlin
Uff, okay okay, from Party to Family hostels is quite a jump here. Yet again, it is a complete guide and we want to cover all types of travelers.
So, looking for family-friendly hostels in Berlin?
Make it simple: Wallyard Concept Hostel!
The rooms are separated from the common area, which makes it easy to just go to bed and rest instead of having a drink in the lounge downstairs.
As always, we recommend keeping a close eye on what type of hostel you are looking at. There is the backpacker type and party type, which we do not recommend for families.
Here’s our guide to different hostel types.
In Berlin, we actually do recommend for families to stay in hostels, since there is some great and unique options.
The easiest way to spot a family youth hostel in Berlin and Germany (and Europe on that matter): Check for HI Hostels.
These hostels are usually great for families with kids. The German network is called “Deutsche Jugendherberge”.
Our absolute best recommendations for a family hostel in Berlin:
They offer regular double rooms and family rooms for 4 people.
All rooms are uniquely designed. Great comfort, quiet and self-catering available. They include a small breakfast in the price.
Good to know: They offer a Vegan option for breakfast. A great Vegan Hostel in Berlin! Just let them know beforehand, please, so they can plan accordingly.
The most unique place to stay for families in Berlin is the Hostel Boats. Easter and Western Hostel Boats are two hostel on an actual boat; literally!
You can book a cabin for up to 4 people and even do camping on top of the boat (only available in the warmer months). This place is popular for families and also single-parents with kids.
The only downside here is, there is no kitchen. Below we include a video.
The hostel and hotel chain A&O Hostels is also a great option. You can find them all over Germany.
Here is a list of Berlin Family Youth Hostels:
- Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboats
- A&O Hostel Berlin Mitte
- A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)
- Jugendgästehaus Lichterfelde
Here is the video of Eastern & Western Comfort Hostel Boats.
The video is in German only, but it is worth it to click through it.
The video shows the whole accommodation, including its lounge, the cabins and the deck.
More Hostels worth to mention
By no means is this a complete list of Berlin hostels.
Why? We always try to bring you only the 3 absolute coolest hostels in Berlin and all over the world. We do all the leg work for you, so you do not have to go through hours of research.
That being said, here is more hostels we think are worth it to know.
- Pfefferbett Hostel – a cool backpackers hostel in Berlin
- Plus Berlin – it comes with a swimming pool
- Baxpax Downtown Hostel and Hotel
- Hostel’O Berlin Mitte
- Gay Hostel Berlin – an accommodation in Berlin for the gay community only
- Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboats – two hostels on an actual boat
- MINIMAL – cool boutique hostel in Berlin
- Viertelvier – brand new boutique hostel, located in Kreuzkölln
Cheapest Hostels in Berlin
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. We want to look after those of you looking for where to stay in Berlin on a budget.
And there is also cheaper hostels in Berlin than the BEST ones we covered above; obviously.
All the affordable accommodation Berlin has to offer is dotted around the city.
Yet, here is the thing: We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
Hostels in Berlin are generally cheap. And the quality is as good as affordable hotels in Berlin (with added social vibes).
The difference between a cool one and the cheap one is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.
Since Berlin is also quite big, you also lose a lot of time traveling from your place to the center. That can be annoying.
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the budget accommodation in Berlin.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of cheap lodging in Berlin
- Order the listing by price
Simple. As. That. Take your pick of the cheap places to stay in the city.
But please, do not complain afterwards to us here about your backpacker hostel Berlin.
We warned you, and again, you will have a wonderful experience with all the places to stay in Berlin cheap that we mentioned above. The extra 1€ to 2€ go a long way.
Here’s our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.
Fun Things to do in Berlin
There are so many awesome and fun things to do in Berlin, Germany. We created a big guide to activities in Berlin.
In this guide we cover many things from history, to walking tours, brunch, restaurant, roof top bars and even kite surfing.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Berlin. So for now you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Map of recommended Berlin Hostels + Sights
We love maps for planning our trip. And we thought you might too.
To save confusion in this relatively big city; we’ve created this handy map for you. All of the hostels mentioned in this article are pinpointed on it!
Not only that, but we’ve included top sights in Berlin such as:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Reichstag Gebäude
- East Side Gallery
- Berliner Fernsehturm
- Jewish Memorial
What about cool things to do, we hear you a ponder. For those that like to plan ahead, check out this great list of activities:
- TV Tower Berlin: Fast track ticket
- Berlin Free Walking Tour
- Reichstag: Rooftop coffee
- Reichstag & Government District tour (in German)
- Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour
- Anti-Pub Crawl: Alternative Berlin
- Check Point Charlie
- Olympia Stadium Berlin
- Glienicker Brücke – the famous Bridges of Spies
If you’re spending more than 48hrs in Berlin we highly recommend you buy a Berlin WelcomeCard for really great discounts across the city. Otherwise any single metro ticket is expensive.
The Berlin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour is convenient way to explore.
Check out all Berlin tours here. There are many!
Sex in Berlin Hostels
Sex can be part of the hostel life, especially when staying at Party hostels.
There is no need to pretend it is not. That is not to say, hostels are only about sex – NOT AT ALL!
We wrote a big guide with 5 dos and donts of having sex in Hostels.
Especially rule #5 is important to remember. Otherwise you may end up being a porn-star. Because: hostels have cameras!
Read: How to have sex in hostels in Berlin here.
Flights to and from Berlin (under 20€)
Berlin is really well connected. You can take several cheap airlines in Europe here.
You can fly for less than 20€ from and to Berlin:
- Venice, Italy
- Krakow, Poland
- Brno, Czech Republic
- Toulouse, France
- Budapest, Hungary
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- Alicante, Spain
- Bologna, Italy
How did we find these deals? Simple: Kiwi.com!
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Berlin and Rome.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More Hostels in Germany and Europe
We have already found you the top hostels in Berlin, so time to move on. Here’s more handwritten guides for you:
Find all our European hostel guides here.
Over to you
How great are these places to stay?! We know you’ll have a tough time choosing one.
Are you left with any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of Berlin’s most fun hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and help me and your fellow travellers by improving this article further.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries