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Sure, this is a fantastic event. But Bavaria’s capital is also home to centuries-old buildings, Gothic architecture and edgy art. And of course; awesome hostels!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Munich. Yes, that’s right! The 3 best Munich Germany hostels. We’ve worked hard to find budget Munich accommodation to suit solo, female travellers, couples and groups.
Average price for a bed: Munich is known as the most expensive city in Germany. Prices for a bed can start from 14€. A private room in Munich starts from 80€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
On Hostelz.com you can compare prices for hostels before booking. This will save you some more money!
Oktoberfest: The world-famous Oktoberfest is obviously popular and prices are steep. It doesn’t really matter to book early to score cheaper deals, since they usually do not exist for Oktoberfest. BUT, you should book as early as possible anyway. Why? Because it’s crowded and the good hostels are gone fast. Like, super fast! Check our map for all the top hostels in Munich near Oktoberfest.
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.
Munich Tourism Tax: Hurray, there is no extra tourist tax in Munich, Germany. However, there are tourist taxes in Berlin, Hamburg and other major European destinations.
What’s really great is that linen is included. Some rooms even come with their very own terrace!
Each room has en-suite facilities. This means you don’t have to run far when you forget your towel.
Other inclusions to note:
Free welcome drink – how nice!
All-you-can-eat breaky (for an extra fee)
Lockers in all rooms
24/7 reception + WiFi
So let’s move on to the social spaces.
I’m sure you love a good hammock and squishy beanbag just as much as us. Wombats Munich has you covered.
Find them in the glass-roofed courtyard that’s fit for all weathers. Real life beautiful trees help fill the relaxing space, too. As soon as you walk in the common area, the lounge, you will notice many travelers hanging out, relax, charge their phones, chatting. It can be really easy going.
Don’t miss out on a refreshing drink at the Wombar after a long day of exploration. The bar has some games, and happy hours; obviously. After a day of wandering Munich, it is good idea to step in for at least one Weizenbier.
We recommend trying Franziskaner or Paulaner!
The staff are world travellers themselves so they understand your needs. Why not have a chat with them?
Good to know: Wombats Hostel Munich only accepts bookings from people of 18yrs+.
Better to know: As being one of the top hostels in Munich, this place can be sold out fast, especially during Oktoberfest. Make sure you make your booking as soon as you have your dates fix.
Wombats is a stone’s throw from the main train station. Hofbräuhaus brewery and Viktualienmarkt market are also close-by. You are in walking distance to all major sights in the city. So a great location!
There is a wide mix of travelers type. You will find Japanese, Korean, Australian, British, US citizens and Western travelers all over like for instance the Netherlands.
There is all types of travelers like male and female solo-travellers, backpackers, couples and groups. So it is actually fairly easy to meet and greet people. A great hostel choice for solo-travellers.
The Rooms and dorms
The rooms and dorms are fairly simple and kept in a clean, wooden design. The beds in dorms do not come with curtains, which is a pity. There is free to use lockers in all dorms and private rooms. No worries.
Also really convenient is the elevator. The lift brings you up to the rooms. So if you chose having a rest over a beer in the bar, you won’t be disturbed by any bar-backpacker-shouting-noise.
We won’t kid you: it’s a huge place, with 200 beds spread over 58 well-kept rooms.
Yet the vibe still maintains a familiar, homely feel. Euro Youth Hostel Munich is one of a kind!
This Munich youth hostel is one of the only buildings in the area to survive WW2, and this, along with the chandeliers and creaky staircases, surely adds to the character.
Enjoy double or single, small and large dorm rooms. Linen is included in all of them.
Are you a young traveller looking to meet people?
We recommend the 12-bed dorm, only open for people aged 18-35yrs.
Check out these awesome freebies:
FREE lockers + storage
FREE walking tours
FREE high-speed Wi-Fi
FREE city maps
Good to know: Consider scoffing an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for under €5.
Unfortunately, there is no kitchen – due to Health and Safety laws as it officially states– but there are supermarkets and restaurants nearby.
However! There is free tea available, as well as a microwave.
The on-site bar is the place to be for socialising.
Enjoy Munich’s best beer for just €2,70 during happy hour. You read correctly!
The staff make sure to stream all major sports events on the large-screen TV. Also available is a book exchange and board-games.
All wonderful ways to break the ice with new friends, wouldn’t you agree?
The hostels grand old building is 100m from the main train station. This is the main transport hub so getting around is super simple. This hostel is just next to WOMBATS Munich Hostel, the #1 on this list. So, same location! Oktoberfest and the Old Town are also just a 10-minute walk away.
Euro Youth Hostel Germany Munich is a top pick for:
When we first laid eyes on Augustin Hotel we just couldn’t resist adding it in to our top 3. As long as you love modern design and a quiet atmosphere, you’ll no doubt enjoy it here.
First things first, let us reassure you that although the name says ‘hotel’, there are in fact shared rooms here.
To make it easier for you, here is a full list of rooms available:
6-bed mixed dorm
Private 6-bed room
Small double room
Honestly folks, these rooms are luxurious!
Just look at the gorgeous staircase linking the bunkbeds, and the seriously spacious private rooms that come with a sofa, flat screen TV and area to get some work done if you need.
Plus, every room has its own private bathroom. Oh yeah.
We highly recommend paying the extra fee to enjoy an excellent buffet breakfast in the onsite restaurant.
There’s also a groovy bar which is an ideal place to relax with your favourite drink.
Honest note: There isn’t a very good opportunity to meet people here as the social vibe is slim. Also, there is no communal kitchen here so you will have to either buy food from the restaurant or go into the city.
One of the added bonuses is that reception is open 24/7 and the friendly staff are always happy to give advice about Munich.
Location: Situated in a quiet area just outside of the city centre. It’s only two stations to downtown by underground, dropping you right in front of where Oktoberfest takes place. Bavaria Park is adjacent to Augustin, as well as a playground and necessary shops.
Are there any cheap hostels in Munich? We all know that hostels in Munich Germany are not that cheap. Yes, there can be cheaper and the cheapest hostels than the ones mentioned above.
In our opinion, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Keep also in mind a bad location far away from the city centre costs you more in transport.
However, if you are travelling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the best cheap hostels in Munich.
You have seen hostels Munich Germany has to offer and if you think that you need to see more, don’t worry because we got you covered!
We have listed more hostels that you may want to have a look. These best hostels in munich near Oktoberfest are perfect because they are near the area and they are accessible.
The 4You Hostel
Smart Stay Hostel Munich City
a&o Hostel München Hauptbahnhof
Meininger Munich City Center
HI Munich Park Youth Hostel
The 4You Hostel
Experience the hospitality of this hostel. The area where 4You Hostel is located is also busy and provides easy access to all that central Munich has to offer.
You can eat breakfast buffet with your family and friends. They also provide free drinks. What can you ask for? Right?
Facilities for disabled guests
24-hour front desk
You will enjoy their brightly decorated rooms ranging from four-bed to a 12-bed dorm for the really price-conscious traveller.
Location: Located at the heart of Munich City Center. The 4You is 29.1km away from Munich Airport. Karlsplatz is a 10-minute walk away, while Oktoberfest can be reached in a 10-minute ride by public transport.
Smart Stay Hostel is in the city center. They offer great value accommodation for solo travellers and backpackers.
This hostel has private rooms, shared dorm rooms and female dorms, all with private bathrooms in every room and with lockers to secure your valuables.
24-hour front desk
A spacious< lounge is also offered, where guests can enjoy drinks from the bar and where you can meet new backpacker friends.
Location: The modern Smart Stay Hostel offers accommodation in Munich, just a 2-minute walk from the Theresienwiese Oktoberfest site and 2 underground stops from the city centre and Marienplatz square.
Good place to stay in Munich is Jaeger’s because of their quality accommodation for backpackers, small and large groups as well as the budget-minded business traveller.
It is near to attractions like museums, nightspots, pedestrian zones and of course the Oktoberfest.
Backpackers will also have the privilege of having their own bathroom inside their dorm rooms and private rooms. Jaeger’s is also a must try hostel in Munich Germany.
Their guests are happy with the staffs because they are friendly and very accommodating.
Location: Jaeger’s is a short walk from many bars, cafes, restaurants and Munich’s main shopping streets. The Oktoberfest beer festival location is a 10-minute walk away. It is 4.6 km away from English Garden, one of the best Munich park in the area.
This München Hostel is not really for backpackers who want to experience the night with other travellers because they do not have dorm rooms.They only have private rooms which are perfect for couples and small families who wants privacy.
The accommodation is very nice, well maintained and modern with ensuites. It is very comfortable overall.
Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof feels more like a hotel Munchen so don’t expect parties or much of a social vibe.
Location: Located in the heart of the city, a&o Hostel München Hauptbahnhof is a 5-minute walk from Munich Main Station. It is close in Octoberfest.
Meininger Munich City Center is more into groups and families because they have more private rooms than dorm rooms. All rooms have their own bathroom and a TV set. In the dormitories, showers and toilets are separated. No need to bring bedding – this is included in the accommodation.
Guests really commend their spacious rooms. They can accommodate six people in a private room.
Location: Meininger Munich City Center 29.9 km from Munich Airport and it is 15-minute walk will take you to the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof).
It’s pretty cool actually because this hostel has special common rooms for different occasions. For example, there is a “teacher” and “family” common room, as well as dedicated conference rooms for meetings.
Not only that, but there is a party room, internet zone and several other common rooms for general relaxation and entertainment.
So yes, this big place has made sure to accommodate everyone!
For the kids: Facilities to warm baby food, play corner, play room, cots & high chairs.
As you can see, this is a super friendly family hostel.
The catering service here is also awesome. You can book everything from a buffet breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and hot dinners.
Take the metro and you will be in the city centre in less than 10 minutes – easy!
Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. No doubt about this. You will find many beautiful buildings, wide alleys, huge pubs with German, Bavarian Weizenbier.
Yet, bear in mind that Munich is one of the most expensive cities in Germany. This goes especially for eating out and such.
When staying at a cheaper place, you have a few more options to spend money on the German beer – yes, got you!
Furthermore, in summer, you have to visit the Beer gardens in Munich. There is also the famous Eisbach Wave, an artificial wave in a park for surfers. Even for non-surfers it is fun to come here and watch the pros doing their thing.
Besides that, I recommend visiting the University of Munich and the monument in front of The White Rose.
The White Rose (in German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in the Third Reich, the Nazi Time, led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich. The monument right in front of the University is impressive and the story behind shaking.
At night, I personally would skip the area around the main train station. Generally speaking, Munich is safe, but I always dislike this area, especially at night.
Visit Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles as a day trip
One thing I would really recommend is visiting the world famous Schloss Neuschwanstein on a day trip.
We have been here. And it is really, really beautiful!
Good to know: The scenery and castle is incredibly beautiful. However, it is not really worth it to visit the castle from the inside. It is not that special. Sorry, but we think you should know.
Walk around the area and take photos from different angles like from the Marienbrücke.
Where to stay during Oktoberfest? Hostels near the Festival
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is the event of the year.
And, it is really crazy and absolutely worth it.
We went there and had a blast.
Now, the accommodation situation is tough around that time of year. The Oktoberfest takes place at the end of September and beginning of October. The weekends are even more busy than weekdays, but I recommend coming during the week. It is still busy, but not super-packed-crowded-you-cannot-even-move.
I recommend to book your hostel, guesthouse, hotel or apartment as soon as possible; as soon as you have your flights booked. The earlier, the better.
You can select the coolest hostels in Munich from this list.
As pointed out earlier, The Tent is an option to stay in a cheaper place. This place is popular for visitors of the Oktoberfest.
On that note, here is guide on how to have sex in hostels with 4 dos and donts.
Also good to know: We always assumed Oktoberfest is only there to get wasted. But truth is, it’s actually quite a celebration you can enjoy without having too much beer. If you do not want to have the hard-core crazy party, it is still super fun!
One more thing: buying a traditional dress like a dirndl is quite affordable. You can get cheap and cute ones for 50€. Shops around town sell these traditional dresses, just keep looking.
Locals also love to wear their traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl. Yet, bear in mind, these original clothing are or can be actually very, very expensive.
3 days is a good time window to explore the city. Here’s a full itinerary for Munich to discover it easily. Remember, we highly recommend to check out as well the world famous “Disney Castle” Schloss Neuschwanstein. It is a day trip form Munich.
Getting from the Airport to the city center is super simple.
There is a direct metro you can take. Just remember to get your right ticket that is valid for getting to the city center. It is cheaper to take a group card. The vending machines can be selected in English and other languages, no worries.
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CLOSED: Gspusi Bar Hostel (intimate, modern design)
Update: Our former #2 hostel has permanently closed its doors.
Looking for a stylish, modern stay in Munich? Then you may well love Gspusi Bar Hostel.
Gspusi Bar Hostel Munich is a great place to stay!
Find here 3 meter high ceilings, vinyl flooring, wooden design and hypo-allergenic bedding. This accommodation has a total of 20 rooms, including shared and private.
The maximum beds in a shared room are 4, so we deem this a cosy, intimate hostel. This is the more cosy hostel-choice we got you, and for us, the best boutique-style hostel in Munich!
Linen is included in all the rooms. As are black-out curtains for added privacy.
There is no curfew – score!
Toilets and showers are communal
Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
City view from the rooms
By now you’ve probably guessed there is an on-site bar. It’s a bar slash lounge, so don’t feel inclined to drink if you don’t want to.
The space is for every type of guests, so don’t be shy and head there to meet other like-minded travellers.
There is also darts available to help break the ice.
The location is top notch, just a few meters from the bar district, shopping area and old town.
Gspusi Bar Hostel is a top tick for:
female solo-travellers (looking for a stylish place to stay!)
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