Most likely our readers think of one thing when they hear Munich: Oktoberfest!
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!
We’ve worked hard to find budget accommodation to suit solo, female travellers, couples and groups.
Did you know we have 5 Star Hostels all over Europe?
This guide is purely for Munich. Though you should also check out the 3 best hostels in Barcelona.
A Quick Guide to the 3 Best Hostels in Munich
We hope you’re ready to discover neat design, super social vibes and wonderful locations.
Don’t forget to also check out the handy map which will help you find your chosen hostel faster.
Our hand-picked hostels include:
1. Wombat’s CITY Hostel Munich (TOP location)
If your number one priority in Munich is Oktoberfest; Wombat’s CITY Hostel Munich is for you. Just 10 minutes walk from the festival!
This hostel is bright, spacious and comfortable in every way.
Rooms include private, twin, dorm and female-only dorms.
Read: Hostel room types – what are the differences?
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.
Don’t miss out on a refreshing drink at the Wombar after a long day of exploration.
The staff are world travellers themselves so they understand your needs. Why not have a chat with them?
Good to know: Wombats only accepts bookings from people of 18yrs+.
Wombats is a stone’s throw from the main train station.
Hofbräuhaus brewery and Viktualienmarkt market are also close-by.
Wombats CITY Hostel Munich is a top pick for:
- Female Travellers
2. Gspusi Bar Hostel (intimate, modern design)
Looking for a stylish, modern stay in Munich? Then you may well love Gspusi Bar Hostel.
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.
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:
- Relaxed traveler
3. Euro Youth Hostel (social hub in a historic setting)
Lively, spacious and oozed in history: Euro Youth Hostel is a top pick in Munich.
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.
It’s 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: the all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast available for an extra fee.
Unfortunately, there is no kitchen – due to Health and Safety laws – but there are supermarkets and restaurants nearby.
However! There is free tea/coffee available, as well as a microwave.
The on-site bar is the place to be for socialising.
Enjoy Munich’s best beer for just €2,50 during happy hour. You read correctly!
The staff make sure to stream all major sports events on the large-screen TV.
Read: 46 things that tell you: this hostel is gonna be awesome!
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.
Oktoberfest and the Old Town are also just a 10-minute walk away.
Euro Youth Hostel is a top pick for:
- Budget Traveler
What about a super-FUN hostel in Munich?
So, you’re looking for something a bit different. Something with character, fresh air and wide-open spaces, perhaps?
Let’s introduce you to The Tent.
And that’s exactly what it is; a huge tent dormitory designed specifically for young, social travellers!
Important: The Tent is only open during the summer period, and closes soon after Oktoberfest.
Alongside the cool accommodation, revel in the beer garden, chill-out-zone and campfire area.
Are there Cheap Hostels in Munich?
Are there any cheap hostels in Munich? 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.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Munich
- Order the listing by price
Hostelworld usually offers great rates as well as deals for backpackers.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Munich. It expired already. We are working on it to bring you another coupon code – stay tuned.
Subscribe to our newsletter. Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Munich first.
You can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Things to know BEFORE going to Munich
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.
Where to stay during Oktoberfest?
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 an alternative, you can also have a look at Airbnb. Get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
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.
Map of hostel locations and sights in Munich
It’s only fair that we make your preparations as easy as possible.
Behold a handy map of all the best hostel locations, plus sights.
Be best warn you that there are tons of things to do in Munich. Here are a few of our ideas:
- Take a day trip to the fairytale Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles
- Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp
- Join a WWII Walking Tour
- Or explore the city by bicycle on a 3-hour bike tour
Munich is a big city, that’s a fact. That’s why we definitely recommend jumping on the hop-on hop-off tour bus.
Flights to Munich?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Munich, Berlin and more. 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.
Over to you
As always, it was a lot of fun hand-picking the best hostels in Munich especially for you.
We hope you love them just as much as we do!
It would be great to hear your feedback.
Please, please drop us a comment and/or recommendation in the section below.
After all, it is the only way we can improve and make sure your travels are top-notch.
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!
Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.
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How to book the Best Hostels in Munich?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Munich!
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Hostel Packing List
Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.
Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.
The main things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries
- The hostel address – written down
FUN Things to do in Munich
Remember to book your tickets to the most popular sights in advance.