This list will help you backpacking Germany like a boss. We found many fantastic hostels from Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and the black forest.
Are these the best hostels in Germany?
Ja and yes, 100%!
The quality of hostels in Germany varies a lot.
You can find really worn-out, old hostels up to absolutely incredible places like Wallyard Concept hostel in Berlin. It is an industrial design hostel – just gorgeous!
In this list we give you a wide range of hostels; from 5 Star Hostels to backpacker and party hostels. All are great! Just choose the right hostel for your own travel style.
Save time and skip to our individual guides to Germany:
- Best hostels in Hamburg
- Best hostels in Berlin – the #1 hostel being Wallyard Concept Hostel
- Best hostels in Cologne
- Lollis Homestay Hostel in Dresden
- Best hostels in Munich
To help you out further, we’ve included a big hostel map to pinpoint your chosen hostel(s).
Furthermore, we share with you our ultimate hostel packing list to prepare you before you go.
Cities Covered in this Guide
From North to South, we cover the following destinations with the coolest hostels in Germany:
Note: many destinations only include one hostel recommendation. That’s because we couldn’t find any more worth mentioning that we would recommend to our readers, friends and family.
Best Hostels in Warnemünde: DOCK INN Hostel
To blend in nicely with the Warnemünde shipyard harbour, DOCK INN Hostel has upcycled shipping containers to create fun and unique living spaces.
In fact, these aren’t your everyday spaces. Get ready for:
- A boulder hall
- Cinema container
- Casino area
- Rooftop sauna
- Cafe and kitchen containers
Super cool, and suddenly quite obvious why this is our only recommendation in the city.
Best Hostels in Hamburg
We know Hamburg, we know Hamburg hostels. In this cool city you can expect incredibly cool design, North-German vibes and ideal backpacker places.
Here are our 4 handpicked hostels:
Psst! Head on over to our complete guide to the best hostels in Hamburg for even more cool tips and tricks.
1. Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel
By far the coolest option is Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel. It’s stylish, sparkling clean and relaxed.
You’ll be pleased to know that each dorm bed comes with a blackout curtain. Fresh linen is provided every day, and the plants will have you feeling relaxed in no time.
It’s a perfect option for travellers looking to unwind, away from the tourist traps.
2. Instant Sleep Backpacker Hostel
Instant sleep will surely be had after a day/night of filling your soul with a buzzing energy that fills the place.
Get in on the 1€ drinks at happy hour, enjoy colourful graffiti design and have fun at an open mic night. There’s even a cool rooftop to chill during the day.
There are 12-bed dorms and private rooms available.
3. Generator Hamburg
If you’re looking for a hotel feel with hostel character and price; Generator Hamburg is a top choice. The size means it’s easier to enjoy more privacy, if you wish.
Each dorm is built with ease and privacy in mind. They’re large and let in plenty of light.
From here you’ll have access to all types of public transport. It’s situated in the heart of the city so we recommend using your feet!
4. Superbude Hotel Hostel St. Pauli
Don’t let the #4 position put you off: Superbude Hamburg only offers private rooms, which is why it’s placed here.
If you’re part of a couple or group, consider this hostel.
It has quirky design and wonderful social spaces. During breakfast you may well be treated to a live concert!
Based in the area of Schanze, you’ll be a short walk from the best bars and clubs in town.
Best Hostels in Bremen: HafenTraum IndoorCampingHostel
HafenTraum delivers very cool sleeping arrangements. From tiny houses and old-timer caravans to wood cabins. Each with its very own seafaring nation theme.
Couples, families and backpackers are all welcome to join the fun.
Beautiful breakfast baskets are prepared, and there is a bistro next door (home to some great events).
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Berlin
Once again, we are very well acquainted with Berlin and we’ve actually visited all of the hostels in this list!
Keen for a 5 star hostel in Germany? You’re in luck when it comes to Berlin!
Come on then, let’s have a look at:
We’ve written a full guide to the best hostels in Berlin – check it out!
1. Wallyard Concept Hostel
Quickly then: Wallyard Concept Hostel is the coolest hostel in Berlin. Period.
A round up to give you a reason to hit that book button:
- Stylish boutique, industrial design
- Off-the-beaten-path location
- Wallyard cafe & bar
- Bike hire (recommended)
It’s quiet, offers female-only dorms and rooms are separated from the social areas.
2. The Circus Hostel
Run away and join the circus and never see a dull moment!
It’s a centrally located hostel surrounded by fun bars, restaurants and top sights.
And how cool is that room design? Plenty of privacy can be had in both dorm and private rooms.
When you’re ready to smile at the world, hit the in-house bar & cafe, try a local beer and join a free walking tour of Berlin. Sorted.
3. Grand Hostel Berlin Classic
Enjoy a guilt-free and majestic stay at Grand Hostel Berlin Classic – there are no bunk beds in sight in their dorm rooms!
Sign up for an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast, and wind down with a cocktail after a day of exploring in the library bar.
It’s a lively hostel in central Berlin, so getting around is easy.
Best Hostels in Münster: H.ostel Munster
The modern design and attractive prices of H.ostel Munster is targeting families, groups and young people. A wide range, indeed!
It has that hotel vibe, spread over big spaces on numerous floors.
On the ground floor there is a great seating area and coffee/snack bar to enjoy. Otherwise make use of the surrounding green promenade and access to a train station to explore further.
Best Hostels in Quedlinburg: Hostel & Hotel Samocca
Though primarily made up of double rooms, Hostel & Hotel Samocca also accommodates for solo travellers.
There’s a handy kitchen to use, and shared lounge for socialising.
If you fancy a night off, treat yourself at the on-site restaurant.
The best bit? It’s within walking distance to the centre of the city. Great!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Leipzig
For those of you visiting this art and culture city, we worked hard to find great hostel options. Unlike other places, we managed to find two!
1. Hostel Multitude
Hostel Multitude is a beautiful example of everything a hostel should be – fresh, modern, spacious and relaxed.
The in-house bar and garden really help to kick-start that necessary social vibe about the place.
If it all gets too much, you can easily retreat to your self-contained bunk and slide the curtain across.
2. Hostel & Garten Eden
The rooms at Hostel & Garten Eden are individually styled and created by local artists. One of the double rooms boasts a bed built into an old Fiat Fiorino!
A special highlight is the spacious garden, one of the most cozy spots in Leipzig where you can easily spend hours.
The hostel is located in the central west, one of Leipzig’s most happening and alternative areas. It’s built in a former GDR-building, which had been abandoned for more than 20 years.
Best Hostels in Cologne
Cologne is the city of arts and a great party scene, so if you’re into either, you’ll love this city.
And of course it’s home to some great hostels. This selection includes BBQ facilities, affordable rooms and superb facilities.
Let’s jump straight in:
Want more? Have a look at our complete guide to the best hostels in Cologne.
1. Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft
Our #1 hostel is the complete package. It boasts a top location, exciting activities and 16 individually designed rooms that will make you say “wow”.
When you’re not Instagramming your room, explore the play room, theatre and cafe-bar. Free Wi-fi will follow you wherever you go.
Oh and it’s in the centre of almost everything you need/want!
2. Pathpoint Cologne
Backpackers rejoice and head on down to Pathpoint Cologne for a peaceful stay.
There’s a kitchen, garden, BBQ area and computer corner.
The dorm rooms are cosy and each come with their own bathroom for that added bit of privacy we know you’ll appreciate.
3. Cologne Downtown Hostel
Cologne Downtown Hostel is a simple choice for those wishing to be close to all of the major attractions. Cologne chocolate museum and Neumarkt Square are just a few steps away.
Rooms come with 2-8 beds and each have a private bathroom.
Enjoy free Wi-fi and a communal kitchen when you feel like cooking.
Best Hostels in Erfhurt: OPERA Hostel
OPERA Hostel is a boutique-style hostel with nice and simple decoration, dedicated to the glory opera history of Erfurt.
It offers a cosy atmosphere to enjoy your time with your friends and other traveller friends alike. You can choose from dorms to double rooms, and 3-bed or 4-bed private rooms.
It is a family-friendly hostel as well as recommended for solo travellers.
The hostel is located in the city centre, just 7-min walk to the Cathedral. The main train station is a 15-min walk away.
In a nutshell: great location in Erfurt!
Best Hostels in Weimar: Labyrinth Hostel
All rooms at Labyrinth Hostel are decorated by different local artists with an interesting, unique theme.
The hostel has a roof top terrace and the special feel-good vibe is one we love! No doubt, this is the place to be in Weimar.
Right amongst the central “Goetheplatz” square, where the car-free downtown begins. All sights are in easy walking distance.
Best Hostels in Dresden: Lollis Homestay (5 Star Hostel)
This creative, laid-back hostel is ran by genuine backpackers, for backpackers, and opens a gateway to alternative sleeping arrangements.
Yep; sleep in an old DDR car, or immerse in classic movies such as Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
The ground floor common area is a social hub, where the friendly hostel vibes flow.
Every day of the week there is something fun happening, from free walking tours to family dinners.
There’s a lot to say, a lot to see. It’s best you check out our full review – link below.
Best Hostels in Sebnitz: Bergoase Hütte und Hostel Sauna Kamin Lagerfeuer
Ooph, what a mouthful! Whilst you memorise the hostel name, chill out in their beautiful garden and terrace. Heck, you may as well light up the BBQ whilst you’re at it.
This simple yet comfortable accommodation is ran by friendly staff and offers a superb location for hiking and cycling.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Frankfurt
In this central German city, you can enjoy the river Main and three wonderful hostel options.
Whilst the first two boast wonderful locations, our #3 choice is a great backpacker option. The choice is yours.
1. MEININGER Hotel Frankfurt/Main Messe
Though listed as a hotel, there is a 6-bed dorm available at this modern accommodation just 5-minutes from the Frankfurt Messe Exhibition centre.
The private rooms are pretty swanky, too!
It’s a lovely colourful building with great perks including 24/7 reception and bar, TV in the room and wonderful spaces to chill or work.
2. MEININGER Hotel Frankfurt/Main Airport
Just 800m down the road from Frankfurt Airport is this – you guessed it – airport themed hotel.
It’s a great choice for couples, solo travellers or small families looking for a convenient place to stay if on a layover.
There’s a shared kitchen, a bar selling snacks and a free arport shuttle service.
Rooms are even sound-proofed to prevent disruption from the airplanes. Brilliant!
3. Five Elements Hostel
Are you ready to flourish in to a social butterfly and fly amongst the freebies? We thought so!
This is a great backpacker hostel.
Five Elements Hostel would like to spoil you with:
- 24/7 on-site bar
- FREE dinners
- Nightly events (movies, trivia, beer tasting)
- Games room
To avoid shock: it’s located in the middle of the Red Light District. It’s safe and of high standard, but maybe don’t mention it to your mum.
Best Hostels in Heidelberg: Lotte – The Backpackers
Lotte – The Backpackers is a unique old house and a definite home-from-home.
The living room is all about those family vibes that will have you wanting to extend. The same goes for the grandma-style kitchen. So cute.
There is a female dorm as well as mixed options, 60s-style doubles and one 3-bed dorm.
It’s situated very close to all the main sights, shopping street and bars/restaurants.
Best Hostels in Nuremberg: Five Reasons Hostel & Hotel
The design of Five Reasons is remarkable and has set new standards for hostels in the area. But while the hostel comes with a cool design and good facilities, it is the staff that stand out.
Multi-lingual, friendly, easy-going – it is like staying with friends.
This hostel is really in Downtown Nuremberg! And just a 5 min walk to the main train station.
Best Hostels in Munich
Most likely our readers think of one thing when they hear Munich: Oktoberfest! Worth attending, no doubt.
Yet Bavaria’s capital is home to so much more, including century-old buildings, edgy art and gothic architecture.
As for Munich’s selection of best hostels in Germany? They are…
Don’t miss our full guide to the best hostels in Munich for an extra super-FUN hostel recommendation.
1. Wombat’s CITY Hostel Munich
In case Oktoberfest really is your main motivation, choose Wombat’s CITY Hostel Munich – it’s a 10-minute walk to the festival!
Walk in and receive a welcome drink and marvel at the bright, spacious areas.
Some rooms come with a terrace, but all have linen, lockers and Wi-fi.
Grab a drink from the bar and relax in a hammock or on a beanbag.
2. Gspusi Bar Hostel
Find 3 meter high ceilings, vinyl flooring and wood design at Gspusi Bar Hostel. It’s a stylish, modern stay just a few steps from the bar district.
Shared room have a maximum of 4 beds.
The bar slash lounge is a great hang out whether you want to drink or not. Head to the city and worry not – there is no curfew here.
3. Euro Youth Hostel
Huge hostel alert! With 200 beds spread over 58 rooms you can expect a lively atmosphere most suited to young travellers.
Start the day with an affordable buffet breakfast and sign up to a free walking tour of the city.
There’s free tea and coffee as well as an on-site bar. The happy hour is very generously priced!
Swap your book at the exchange or play a board game with your new friend. There’s plenty to do here.
Best Hostels in Lorrach: Heimathafen Hostel
Located extreme southwest of the Black Forest, near the Swiss border at Basel, you find Lorrach.
A small cute town with one of the largest fortresses in south Baden, the Rötteln Castle.
Heimathafen Hostel is a boutique design hostel inspired by the sailing ships. Cords, sailing lamps, wood decoration, and comfy beds with plenty of space will make your stay memorable. They almost transport you 1.000 km north – to the port of Hamburg – with the deco.
It comes with free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, and an in-house bar (the biggest bar in town) to spend time with your new found travels.
It is near the train station (2 minutes) and just 5 minutes walk to the city center.
From Lorrach you can easily reach Basel (Switzerland) in 20 minutes.
Best Hostels in Füssen: Old Kings Fuessen Design Hostel
This is a great hostel choice to be located close by to the wonderful Neuschweinstein Castle.
Old Kings is within a 500 year old building in the cobbled stoned old town of Fuessen.
Choose between shared and private rooms. Couples will love the ‘King of Dreams’ room with wooden beams and cathedral ceiling.
The staff rent bicycles – the best way to explore the mountains and 7(!) lakes within a 5km radius.
Best Hostels in Sonthofen: Arena Hostel Allgäu
No doubt the coolest thing about this hostel is the imaginative design. Each room is an individual hut with ample space – super fun!
The nearest ski lift is 2.5km away, and you can store your skis in the hostel no problem.
A continental breakfast is on offer, plus an on-site restaurant and bar to enjoy after a long day of adventure.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
All Best Hostels in Germany on a Map
Below we have put ALL of the greatest hostels in Germany mentioned in this article on a map.
That’s because we want to make your planning as hassle free and straight forward as possible!
We’ve marked them as follows:
- 5 Star Hostels: Black with a white star
- Design Hostels: Blue
- Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange
- Party Hostels: Green
- Other recommendations: Purple
(View full sized map here)
More Hostels in Europe
There are many, many awesome hostels in Europe to be discovered and enjoyed, including out-of-this-world 5 star hostels.
Easy: find all of the best hostels in Europe here.
We’ve gone one step further and created these awesome guides to nearby destinations to Germany:
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Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.
We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of these unique budget accommodations with you.
Make sure you check out our guides “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations.
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Germany. Which of the best hostels in Germany have you fallen in love with? Let us know!
This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
Then please please leave a comment below. We would be thrilled to hear from you and to help a fellow backpacker.
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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