Best Places for Backpackers in Germany.

Enjoy backpacking around Germany without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Germany.

This Travel Germany image comes from unsplash.com, photographer : Yusuf Evli

Top 50 hostels in Germany.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Germany.

1
Arthotel Munich

100 /100

Guest Rating

Arthotel Munich

Welcome to Arthotel Munich! We offer you an ideal accommodation in the city center, just a few minutes from Hauptbahnhof (main station), Marienplatz and the world famous Oktoberfest. With the nice maintained atmosphere of our house and the support of our complete crew we fulfill every needs of...
Arthotel Munich is a hotel in Munich. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

2
Hotel Italia

100 /100

Guest Rating

Hotel Italia

The best value for money you can get! Friendly, comfortable and central 85 bedded ideally located for all your needs in Munich. Almost all our rooms have a shower, WC, ISDN direct dial telephones, minibar and cable/satellite TV, except the rooms with shared toilet (read description)! Enjoy our r...
Hotel Italia is a hotel in Munich. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

3
Baltic Hotel

100 /100

Guest Rating

Baltic Hotel

The Baltic Hotel is a small and cosy establishment, centrally located at the edge of the famous ancient city of Lbeck (UNESCO Heritage). All of the most interesting spots can be reached within a 15 minute walk, like the 'Holsten' Tower, the Holy Ghost Hospital, the music and congress hall, the...
Baltic Hotel is a hotel in Lubeck. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

4
Haus Sparkuhl Hotel Garni

100 /100

Guest Rating

Haus Sparkuhl Hotel Garni

The friendly family Hotel close to the city center. We are pleased to offer you a comfortable stay in the middle of Hannover. In the immediate vicinity you can take local transport direct to the train station, airport and to the exhibition. In our 25 cosy rooms you will be surrounded by a...
Haus Sparkuhl Hotel Garni is a hotel in Hannover. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

5
Hotel vis a vis

100 /100

Guest Rating

Hotel vis a vis

Hotel vis a vis has a total of 72 non-smoking guest rooms.The vis á vis reception desk is open for your convenience between 7:30 am-10:00 pm. We will be more than happy to help you plan your stay in Lindau. Wireless Internet is available throughout the entire hotel in all our guest rooms. Lindau...
Hotel vis a vis is a hotel in Lindau. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

6
Days Inn Leipzig City Centre

100 /100

Guest Rating

Days Inn Leipzig City Centre

The Days Inn Leipzig City Centre Hotel is at the heart of Leipzig city. The market place in the city centre is only 10 minutes on foot. Particularly practical for guests with cars: You can park conveniently and free-of-charge around our hotel. The hotel is situated in a quiet side street and offers...
Days Inn Leipzig City Centre is a hotel in Leipzig. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

7
Kultur|Jugendherberge Karlsruhe

100 /100

Guest Rating

Kultur|Jugendherberge Karlsruhe

Located on the northwestern edge of the town centre, the Cultural|Youth Hostel Karslruhe appears between Karlsruhe Palace, the College of Engineering and the College of Education. The Youth Hostel provides four common rooms and a leisure room with table tennis and table soccer. On the outside there...
Kultur|Jugendherberge Karlsruhe is a hostel in Karlsruhe. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

8
Berliner Bed and Breakfast

99 /100

Guest Rating

Berliner Bed and Breakfast

Located in the heart of Berlin in a typical 'Grunderzeit' building of 1895, this is a special kind of B & B where we offer a relaxing, economical stay in an atmosphere that's a bit different from the usual. You'll find us in Schoeneberg, one of Berlin's most pleasant and popular areas. And while...
Berliner Bed and Breakfast is a guesthouse in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

9
moun10 Jugendherberge Garmisch

99 /100

Guest Rating

moun10 Jugendherberge Garmisch

moun10 Jugendherberge Garmisch is the alternative accommodation in Garmisch for those who don't need a star hotel but don't want to miss out on anything on their precious days off. The young, casual atmosphere and practical modern rooms make moun10 a home for staying in Garmisch. The impressive alpi...
moun10 Jugendherberge Garmisch is a hostel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

10
Hostel & Garten Eden

98 /100

Guest Rating

Hostel & Garten Eden

Hostel & Garten Eden is an alternative hostel in Leipzig. Each Room is designed and made by a different artist collective. Housed in a former dormitory that was home to apprentices back in the 1950's, we've given this old building a new 'old' purpose - giving people a place to sleep. The char...
Hostel & Garten Eden is a hostel in Leipzig. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

11
a&o Hamburg Hammer Kirche

97 /100

Guest Rating

a&o Hamburg Hammer Kirche

The a&o Hamburg Hammer Kirche is the smallest a&o in Hamburg. It has rooms with modern furnishings in various categories and was last renovated in October 2008. The ho(s)tel is in a central yet quiet location. The a&o Hamburg Hammer Kirche is in the district of Hamm-Mitte. The city centre can be r...
a&o Hamburg Hammer Kirche is a hostel in Hamburg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

12
Die Botschaft

97 /100

Guest Rating

Die Botschaft

Die Botschaft offers you a simple and easy accommodation in Berlin. Until 1990, the property used to house diplomats and various state institutions. Die Botschaft is a small and tidy hotel, family owned and opened to public in September 2017. Every guest is welcomed as a family member and we always...
Die Botschaft is a hotel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

13
Seemannsheim Hostel Flensburg

97 /100

Guest Rating

Seemannsheim Hostel Flensburg

Located directly at the waterfront of Flensburg, Seemannsheim Hostel offers everything you need for a perfect stay: best location, great facilities and staff members, who love the city, their job and to welcome you. Some of our services & amenities include: luggage storage, free WiFi, reading light...
Seemannsheim Hostel Flensburg is a hostel in Flensburg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

14
Heimathafen

97 /100

Guest Rating

Heimathafen

Join us on our journey, whether you want to meet friends, have a beer, or just get out, we are the perfect spot! You can dock and stay in port, or hoist the anchor and go full speed ahead. Once you’ve navigated to the Heimathafen you will find everything you’ve been looking for, and more. No more ba...
Heimathafen is a hostel in Loerrach. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

15
DJH Jugendherberge Wismar

97 /100

Guest Rating

DJH Jugendherberge Wismar

These are some of the highlights of the DJH Jugendherberge Wismar: - Maritime flair in the Hanseatic town of Wismar - Ideal facilities for holding conferences and seminars - UNESCO World Heritage Site and brick Gothic architecture in the historic town centre Wismar is an old Hanseatic town and...
DJH Jugendherberge Wismar is a hostel in Wismar. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

16
Lotte - The Backpackers

97 /100

Guest Rating

Lotte - The Backpackers

Lotte Hostel is a unique old house. It is situated in the heart of old town Heidelberg and it's very close to the historic castle, the main shopping street, bars and restaurants. We are an independant hostel. Get to know our friendly staff and the owner and have a chat about who Lotte actually was....
Lotte - The Backpackers is a hostel in Heidelberg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

17
Helvetia Munich City Center

97 /100

Guest Rating

Helvetia Munich City Center

Our hotel is located in a central location, close to the train station, the city center and the shopping mile. All our rooms are equipped with shower/WC, A/C, hair dryer, safe, LCD-TV, phone and free Wi-Fi. In the rooms we offer free tea and coffee facilities, as well as mineral water by arrival....
Helvetia Munich City Center is a hotel in Munich. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

18
Jugendherberge Würzburg

97 /100

Guest Rating

Jugendherberge Würzburg

Impressive encounters with a young old city - Würzburg offers lots of them. And spectacular ones at that. The Episcopal Residence built by Balthasar Neumann and featuring a ceiling fresco by the Venetian Tiepolo, the world's largest painting, can only be described in these terms. This clerical domic...
Jugendherberge Würzburg is a hostel in Wurzburg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

19
Pension Jägerhaus

97 /100

Guest Rating

Pension Jägerhaus

Welcome to Germany's largest island Ruegen. In the southeast of the island, in Lonvitz, a local part from Putbus, is our family-run pension Jägerhaus. We offer you cosy rooms. All rooms have sat TV and shower / toilet. We have a breakfast room, breakfast is in the price included. There is also a...
Pension Jägerhaus is a guesthouse in Putbus. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

20
Riverside Lodge Berlin

96 /100

Guest Rating

Riverside Lodge Berlin

The Riverside Lodge, the most tiny hostel in town - is not a mainstream hostel rather as unique as our guests. Choose something different! The Lonely Planet writes: 'This tiny hostel is as warm and welcoming as an old friend's hug thanks to its wonderful owners. ...It's at the heart of in-a...
Riverside Lodge Berlin is a hostel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

21
Hotel Nymphenburg Munich

96 /100

Guest Rating

Hotel Nymphenburg Munich

Your city hotel in Munich Our 44 individually designed rooms, apartments and the suite are all furnished with bath/wc or shower/wc, desk, telephone along with cable TV and are primarily situated peacefully on the courtyard side. In the morning our plentiful breakfast buffet awaits you from 6.30 a...
Hotel Nymphenburg Munich is a hotel in Munich. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

22
Schulz, Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery

96 /100

Guest Rating

Schulz, Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery

Between the Spree-River and the Berlin Wall: Enjoy urban flair and hostel spirit while indulging in hotel comfort. All in the most hip part of the city. Schulz stands for open-mindness: we welcome everyone. Our triprid of Hotel, Hostel and Apartment offers a home for guests from all over the world –...
Schulz, Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery is a hotel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

23
H.ostel Münster

96 /100

Guest Rating

H.ostel Münster

With its modern design and attractive prices, the new H.ostel Münster is targeting young people, families and groups. The central location is ideal for exploring the city on foot or by bike. The in-house meeting place is the open lounge, where you will also find the reception. The guest rooms of...
H.ostel Münster is a hostel in Muenster. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

24
Lekkerurlaub

96 /100

Guest Rating

Lekkerurlaub

This tiny Guesthouse is at the heart of Kreuzberg and Neukölln, near a scenic stretch of the Landwehr canal. We offer a personal, cozy atmosphere in an exciting city. *clean and incredibly spacious rooms - immaculate bathrooms *only the most comfy beds for a good night sleep *you get a smal...
Lekkerurlaub is a guesthouse in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

25
Hostel-Marburg

96 /100

Guest Rating

Hostel-Marburg

Hostel-Marburg is very conveniently and centrally located right in Marburg main station upstairs MC Donalds. Hostel Marburg offers free WiFi and access to shared kitchens. For only 3€/day on-site parking spaces can be booked at Hostel Marburg. Hostel Marburg is located in a very convenient an...
Hostel-Marburg is a hostel in Marburg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

26
EastSeven Berlin Hostel

95 /100

Guest Rating

EastSeven Berlin Hostel

“Best Hostel Germany 2015” You nominated us as Top 10 Hostels every year since 2006 - incl. the Cleanest Hostel Worldwide in 2005! Also highly recommended by Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Rick Steve's, etc. To ensure that you have a fantastic time in Berlin, our medium sized hostel will provide you wi...
EastSeven Berlin Hostel is a hostel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

27
Youth-Hostel Cologne-Riehl - City Hostel

95 /100

Guest Rating

Youth-Hostel Cologne-Riehl - City Hostel

**Breakfast buffet is included in our prices!** The Youth Hostel Cologne-Riehl offers all the advantages of an up-to-date accommodation at budget prices. It is located in a beautiful, green area next to the Rhine River with excellent parks for inline skating, running, cycling or picnics. There a...
Youth-Hostel Cologne-Riehl - City Hostel is a hostel in Cologne. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

28
The Penny Pincher Inn

95 /100

Guest Rating

The Penny Pincher Inn

You need an overnight accommodation? Comfortable, but not less expensive? A safe storage for your belongings? You prefer your own cereals instead of packet marmalade? Our fully equipped self catering kitchen includes a fridge for the shared use, microwave, stove, toaster and kettle. We provide coffe...
The Penny Pincher Inn is a hostel in Cologne. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

29
Old Town Hostel

95 /100

Guest Rating

Old Town Hostel

The Old Town Hostel opened in 2015. Free WiFi is provided in the building. You will also have access to a shared Kitchen area and a lounge area. Our multilingual staff is looking forward to hosting you for your stay in Berlin. We are looking forward to your visit! Located in the center of Berlin...
Old Town Hostel is a guesthouse in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

30
MEININGER Berlin Airport

95 /100

Guest Rating

MEININGER Berlin Airport

Our property offers you everything you expect from a perfect airport accommodation: information, communication, peace and quiet, entertainment and nice rooms. The hotel also provides great transport connections to the airport, the city railway and the motorway. Our airport shuttle service will take...
MEININGER Berlin Airport is a hostel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

31
Die Wohngemeinschaft

95 /100

Guest Rating

Die Wohngemeinschaft

Welcome to the hostel die wohngemeinschaft. The hostel for special live-in experiences in Cologne`s creative center, the Belgisches Viertel. Feel like you`re at home in one of our 16 rooms, which are unmistakably unique and full of charming details. The Wohngemeinschaft isn`t just a hostel but...
Die Wohngemeinschaft is a hostel in Cologne. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

32
Hostel Blauer Stern

95 /100

Guest Rating

Hostel Blauer Stern

Dear guests! Be welcomed! Just opened in June 2014 Hostel Blauer Stern is located in a newly refurbished old urban building right beside the marketplace of Lindenau in the west of Leipzig. Since a long time the so called WESTKULTUR in Plagwitz, Schleußig and Lindenau represents the free, alternat...
Hostel Blauer Stern is a hostel in Leipzig. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

33
MINIMAL

95 /100

Guest Rating

MINIMAL

Minimal Hostel is the perfect place to spend a few days while exploring Berlin :] You’ll feel right at home staying with (a maximum) 9 other people in wonderful Kreuzkölln. The area is so lovely that you’ll sometimes forget to visit the city centre! The market at the end of the street, the win...
MINIMAL is a hostel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

34
Shivas City Sleep

95 /100

Guest Rating

Shivas City Sleep

Shivas City Sleep is a hostel located in the north part of the city centre of Cologne, in the Nippes district, only 2,5 km away from the city centre of Cologne. For your comfort, the property offers clean rooms, laundry facilities, self-catering facilities with 24h free tea and free Wi-Fi, all for r...
Shivas City Sleep is a guesthouse in Cologne. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

35
Dock Inn Hostel Warnemuende

94 /100

Guest Rating

Dock Inn Hostel Warnemuende

Warnemuende shipyard harbour quay – worn by the times, by the boxes carried across it, and the launching champagne shed on it. These days, unlimited freedom piles up there in steel boxes. Only a seagull’s cry away from shipyard cranes, fishing vessels, and the river, overseas containers are piled up...
Dock Inn Hostel Warnemuende is a hostel in Rostock. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

36
Gästehaus am Berg

94 /100

Guest Rating

Gästehaus am Berg

Gästehaus am Berg has 13 spacious, individually decorated and comfortable en-suite bedrooms, most with balconies with views of the village and beyond. There are 2 single rooms, 8 double rooms and 3 three-bedded (1 double and 1 single bed) rooms. A cot is available at no extra cost. Each bedroom has...
Gästehaus am Berg is a guesthouse in Bayerisch Eisenstein. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

37
Viertelvier

94 /100

Guest Rating

Viertelvier

Welcome to Viertelvier. Our newly constructed boutique hostel is located in 'Kreuzkölln' which is one of Berlin's most creative and artistic locations. The reconstruction is based on typical Berlin style and design. Using re-purposed furnishings in harmony with modern German design techniques is a...
Viertelvier is a hostel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

38
MEININGER Leipzig Central Station

94 /100

Guest Rating

MEININGER Leipzig Central Station

MEININGER Leipzig Central Station is a new, completely renovated property which will be opened in Spring 2017. Some of our services and facilities include: 24 hour reception, 8 floors, 2 lifts, Free W-LAN, Free luggage store room, Washing machine and dryer. The hotel is located in the center of L...
MEININGER Leipzig Central Station is a hostel in Leipzig. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

39
Apartment Schulz

94 /100

Guest Rating

Apartment Schulz

Please note: You will receive an email with important Information concerning your booking with us. Towels and linen are included. Now open...our new 40 sqm Apartment...Very nice and cosy. Own shower/toilet room and Kitchen room. Schulz Apartment is a spacious apartment located in a lively a...
Apartment Schulz is a apartment in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

40
Gaestehaus Rostock/Luetten-Klein

94 /100

Guest Rating

Gaestehaus Rostock/Luetten-Klein

Gaestehaus Rostock/Luetten-Klein offers a good and cheap accommodation in Rostock. The guest house is located in a so-called block of 1972 in district center of Lütten Klein. It offers a total of 11 floors with 333 rooms, 30 offices, 5 conference rooms that can be rented for a shorter or longer peri...
Gaestehaus Rostock/Luetten-Klein is a guesthouse in Rostock. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

41
LetoMotel München City Ost

94 /100

Guest Rating

LetoMotel München City Ost

LetoMotel München City Ost is located in the eastern part of Munich (Trudering - district of Munich) and offer 135 comfortable rooms. The Motel offers a 24-hour reception, luggage storage, Snack- and Beverage-machine. Free public parking, private parking and underground parking spaces (for 10,00 € p...
LetoMotel München City Ost is a hotel in Munich. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

42
Jugendherberge Lindau Youth Hostel Lindau

94 /100

Guest Rating

Jugendherberge Lindau Youth Hostel Lindau

Lindau's unique location at the corner of Germany bordering on Austria and Switzerland makes it particularly attractive as a leisure destination. The hostel is only a few minutes' walk away from Lake Constance, and the nearby historical old quarter on the island of Lindau is ideal for taking a st...
Jugendherberge Lindau Youth Hostel Lindau is a hostel in Lindau. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

43
Altan Hotel

94 /100

Guest Rating

Altan Hotel

The ALTAN Hotel has 17 rooms with about 45 beds. We can arrange the quantity of beds for you individually. Par ex. if you travel as a familiy or as a big group. Single Room Double/Twin Room Shared Room (3 up to 6 beds) All of our rooms include a shower and WC. 2 rooms just have shower...
Altan Hotel is a hotel in Hamburg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

44
aletto Hotel Kudamm

94 /100

Guest Rating

aletto Hotel Kudamm

aletto Kudamm – in the heart of City West. We are located between Amerika Haus and Theater des Westens. Zoologische Garten, Kurfürstendamm, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and KaDeWe are within just a few minutes’ walking distance. We are also close to Zoologischer Garten railway station, offering th...
aletto Hotel Kudamm is a hostel in Berlin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

45
HI Bayreuth

94 /100

Guest Rating

HI Bayreuth

Our house has bedrooms for 2-6 persons en suite Free benefits: - Breakfast included in the rates - Wi-Fi in public areas - Bedlinen - Lockers - Table tennis Paid services: - Towel hire - Vending machine - Coffee machine - Candy vending machine - The registration kiosk with souven...
HI Bayreuth is a hostel in Bayreuth. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

46
Jugendherberge Duisburg Sportpark

94 /100

Guest Rating

Jugendherberge Duisburg Sportpark

It´s early in the morning in the Jugendherberge Duisburg Sportpark: Before breakfast, sports groups complete their first training in the in-house gym. Conference guests and school groups enjoy the delicious breakfast in the dining room, while leisure guests are still in their cozy beds. Here everyon...
Jugendherberge Duisburg Sportpark is a hostel in Duisburg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

47
Jugendherberge Aachen

94 /100

Guest Rating

Jugendherberge Aachen

Aachen Youth Hostel is a meeting place for people from all over Europe. The on-site bistro, sun terrace and bright conference rooms are places where young people from different backgrounds can meet to look back on the day over a coffee, work on joint projects or consolidate new friendships. Nume...
Jugendherberge Aachen is a hostel in Aachen. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

48
Kultur|Jugendherberge Rottweil

94 /100

Guest Rating

Kultur|Jugendherberge Rottweil

Kultur|Jugendherberge Rottweil is in the former Dominican convent and was newly opened on January 24th 2013. A Youth Hostel with a special atmosphere. Furthermore there are four conference and common rooms, a multi-purpose room, two dining rooms and a bistro. The outdoor area includes a Finnenbahn,...
Kultur|Jugendherberge Rottweil is a hostel in Rottweil. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

49
Sleepy Owl

93 /100

Guest Rating

Sleepy Owl

The property Sleepy Owl was just finished in August 2016 so it is brand new - renovated & newly refurbished. We offer only one room with 4 beds. The bathroom is on the same floor. Free Benefits for you: Wi-Fi, Bedlinen, Lockers, and free coffee for all guests. Further benefits: towel renting an...
Sleepy Owl is a hostel in Bamberg. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

50
Hotelpension Haydn

93 /100

Guest Rating

Hotelpension Haydn

Family business, very quiet, private atmosphere, comfortable rooms, small garden, own parking place. Welcome in Hotelpension Haydn in Munich. We offer large breakfast, Wireless internet hot spot, Sightseeing tours, Shuttle service to the airport and to local fair, cleaning- and ironing service and b...
Hotelpension Haydn is a hotel in Munich. Check Hostelworld for prices.

Check Hostelworld.com

Things to see and do while backpacking in Germany.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Germany.

If you're already planning to visit Germany - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Why I chose this city to live.

Four and a half years ago I moved from a small town called “Ichenhausen” in Bavaria, populated by 8000 people to the third largest City in Germany- Hamburg. Hamburg is 760 km away from my hometown, so it took me a while to decide that I wanted to live there. I grew up in an even smaller town, that had only 900 inhabitants. My friends over there are amazing, and it is really a pleasure and a gift, if the people around you know who you really are, and take you the way you are, without compromises. I worked as a nurse in a hospital at that time and was blessed with having great colleagues I also worked in my favourite bar, which was the meeting point of our friends. We had really funny time there, my friends are all musicians, so we always had parties with live music until the sun rose. We all became older and our interests changed. They got more settled, had families, built houses, and calmed down. But I was bored, wanted more, wanted to see the world and got itchy feet. In 2011 while I was travelling through Thailand, I got to know a guy that lives in Hamburg. I told him, that I was unhappy, and that I needed a change in my life. The plan was to move to a city with more options other than one bar, a few lakes around or just one close cinema in the next town. I couldn’t imagine Munich nor Stuttgart, which where the closest bigger cities around. I had been to Hamburg once, I spent just one night there after a concert 11 years ago. But I saw that beautiful impressive harbor, felt the spirit of the town and could fell the pulse there. So, the decision fell to Hamburg.  I didn´t move here because of love, but i stayed, because i felt in love with that City.

Tanja Schmidt/schmidthappens

Tip #7: Enjoy the experience

It will be different. Probably more crowded, most likely louder. A lot of social differences and some cultural surprises. Open yourself up for it. Immerse yourself into the gorgeous landscapes, the beautiful language and the contagious Brazilian laugh. Take photos, but most of all, make memories and connections! And if you don’t know how long are you staying – and you have time – stay long, and travel around! By car, bus or plane. And please, don’t mention last year’s World Cup. Some people are still mourning that 7×1 that Germany buried us with.

Brazilian Bikini

Stralsund - A Treasure in the Baltic

Sooooo, roughly one year ago I was moving to the most northeast peak of Germany, to a little town named Stralsund. Stralsund belongs to the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it is bathed by the Baltic sea on a beautiful coast line and it is the home of around 56 000 inhabitants. Included in these inhabitants are the students of the Stralsund Fachhoschule, who are encouraged to register themselves in the city on their arrival and therefore wining a prize of symbolic amount of money. I’m not gonna lie, that money bought me a cozy winter jacket, which would turn out to be quite useful for a Mediterranean girl as myself spending the winter there. So, yes, I went there to join the fachhoschule for one semester for studying Leisure and Tourism Management. Turns out, even though it was the winter semester and the weather was kind of harsh on me, I did not end up studying much…, at least not as hard as I was expecting. Why? Because I kept being busy with all the best Stralsund had to offer.

Sofia Malvar

Almost unknown Germany: Halle an der Saale

Last year I had the pleasure of spending 6 months in Halle an der Saale as an erasmus student. Yes, i know what you are all thinking! Halle is a city in eastern Germany, really close to Leipzig and not that far from Berlin. But everybody knows Berlin, right? And what about Halle? Let me help you getting to know this underestimated city! Hier is what I think you should do if you find yourself in Halle for a short time.

Vera Rizzetto

Places to visit:  Historical, museums and nature

First let me introduce you with this city on the north of Europe. Osnabrück is the fourth largest city in Lower Saxony in North West Germany, with the population of around  160 000. Osnabrück is the turmoil of the Thirty Years War survived virtually untainted, so exhausted warring parties chose the old town along with the neighboring Munster as the site of the peace treaty.

Erna

A wurst on the way

You haven’t been to Germany if you haven’t tried their famous wurst. I liked it and I don’t even like meat that much. So all you meat lovers out there, definitely try this. You can get a wurst on the street, in a pub or in a restaurant. And if you happen not to like it- pizza is always a good idea. And the best thing about it is that there is always a pizza place somewhere close to you.

Liliya Dimitrova

Morning Orientation Tour of Berlin Center

 On the first day, we took the Sandemanns’ free walking tour which started at Brandenburg Gate. The tour was a great intro into the city – we walked through the Holocaust Memorial, the site of Hitler’s suicide (unmarked, a series of apartment buildings sit above this historic site), Checkpoint Charlie and former military offices of the East Germany government post WWII. We also glimpsed the impressive Reichstag (book in advance for the chance to go to the rooftop!) and the theaters at Potsdamer Platz. Lunch was currywurst (a must try Berlin street snack) and a Berliner donut during the mid-tour break. Not the healthiest meal but a good reward after a morning of walking. My healthy ‘meal’

Katie Tu

Walchensee: The hidden lake in Germany

Walchensee or Lake Walchen is a beautiful lake nestled in between the peaks of the Heimgarten and the Herzogstand mountains and is one of the most underrated vacation spots in the world. This beautiful lake found in the middle of the Bavarian Alps is a relatively quiet and peaceful touristic attraction. As one of the deepest and largest lakes in Germany, Walchensee offers its’ visitors a spectacular view along with fun activities to enjoy. Lake Walchen, with its picturesque view, is not only considered one of the most beautiful places in Bavaria but is also known for being a surfer’s paradise. The reason why this breathtaking lake is still not known to many people is because its location made it hidden even from some neighboring citizens. However, now that it has been discovered by you through the internet, it is a place that I highly recommend you to visit and explore.

eyeconicplaces

Sight Seeing

We spent the next day living straight out of the cliche-tourist handbook, visiting all the must-sees from Checkpoint Charlie (in my opinion a quintessential piece of history, obliterated by the exploitation and greed of tourism companies), to the holocaust memorial and of course, the Berlin wall. We were lucky enough to come across an amazing young tour guide named Pip, she gave us an in-depth and enthusiastic walking tour of the city for a very decent price. I learnt more about Germany in the two hours we spent with Pip than all of my time doing social studies at school, and her passionate wisdom made for a less statistical and more emotional retention of Berlin’s unparalleled background. We stood directly above the bombproof bunker that Adolf Hitler had killed himself in, saw the wall and heard the heartbreaking tales of the people who had attempted to cross it. She knew it off by heart and yet it felt like she was saying it all for the first time, almost jumping with excitement when she got to the bits she really liked. We parted ways, eventually giving her a 5 star rating on her TripAdvisor profile, before grabbing dinner and a beer at yet another affordable and delicious restaurant. This time around it was a much more German experience, as our beer was served by waitresses dressed in the full lederhosen get-up. They spoke only German, challenging us to rack our brains for the few generic phrases we had memorized on the way to the airport. Exhausted from a long day of walking around, with backpacks made slightly heavier by the leftover jet lag from the flight, we decided to retreat to the hotel after dinner and give the night life a rain check for now.

Chad Munro

Few reasons why Catalonia wants the independence?

There have always been people willing the independence in Catalonia but the percentage wasn’t never that high. It increased a lot the past few years with the help of the Spanish government and its leader, Mariano Rajoy who, instead of reaching agreements and use dialogue as a tool to try to maintain Spain “happy” (that would also mean Catalonia), got completely blinded by his fears and forgot what “politics” and “democracy” really mean leaving us sometimes thinking we travelled in time back to 1939 – Franco’s dictatorship – and feeding indirectly the separatist movement with his disrespectful statements. Few reasons why Catalonia wants the independence? Catalonia became a nation in 988. Has its own culture and language. Barcelona is the city in the world that has been bombed more times by Spain. (A bit curious  most punished territory is theoretically “Spanish owned”). Lluis Companys (catalan president) was the only president elected democratically in Europe who got shot and even now Spain is refusing to override symbolically the case. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt31tCJdsLE There are more universities teaching catalan in Germany or Italy than in Spain. Catalan is actually forbidden in the Spanish Parliament. Every year, Catalonia gives to Spain 16.000.000.000 euros more than the money that gets  back from the government. (That’s why we are in debt) Catalonia is the 16% of Spain’s population and contributes with the 20% of the GDP. But only gets back the 9.5% of the State budget. Spain refuses to invest in infrastructures or social action plans in Catalonia. (ex. Mediterranean Corridor) Catalonia’s parliament approved the Autonomy Statute which we presented to the Spanish parliament by 2006, 4 years later, after a long wait (too many pages to read I guess) they basically said “NO”. Catalonia’s president asked for a fiscal agreement similar than the one other Spanish regions already have but also got a “NO”. Catalonia tried to ask permission to elaborate a referendum on self-determination but obviously, got a “NO”. Catalonia realised there was a law approved already by the parliament which specified Catalonia could consult its people about any topic, so Catalonia did it with two questions on November 9th of 2014: – Would you like Catalonia to become an State? – Would you like the State to become independent? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABkfT8ocG0w The Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy started alleging it was unconstitutional, the results wouldn’t be relevant and everyone behind it should be judged. The former president of Catalonia was accused of attempting against the Spanish Constitution and had to attend to court. The votes were declared unofficial and out law and even there was an independent majority, the Spanish government kept acting like nothing was happening.

Mrs. Pushkin

Hot season

 All over the world all the sales are dedicated to holidays. So Berlin is not an exception and you will contemplate a variety of colorful billboards and advertising bills with a melodical word “RABBAT!”. By the way, one more must-know word for “tourist lexicon” in Germany: “rabbat” means “sale”, good sign! Best period of sales – 2 weeks before Christmas and about 3 weeks after. During the whole January you will see crowds of people around chilling out and doing shopping. Even if your trip is planned for another time, don’t worry. In Berlin you one’s can find something to his or her particular passion and of course budget.

Valeriia Khalimendyk

Why to go?

There is nothing better than a high location combining history, culture and a magnificent view of nature wonders. Walhalla has it all… It represents an era of Germany that was getting closer together by unifying many of its states, it combines Greek and Germanic culture only by seeing it and hearing its name and it is truly beautiful to watch. Both the temple and its interior stand there in their greatness proving that inspiration can create things that leave people speechless and that they can be used in a most respectable manner. Because what is the best way to use such a monument if not for a memorial for those ones who deserve it. And last but certainly not least, the Danube. Oh dear that river is magnificent no matter where you find it. It truly never lets you down. No one should regret getting at this high spot. The view is truly one of a kind and it makes you think that everything is possible. Let me tell you that as a Greek seeing a Greek style temple in another country does not offend me. On the contrary, it proves to me how much influence the Greek culture had and still has into the world and makes me feel exceptionally proud of my country. (photo taken from Augenklick ) 

rania-karampati

Milan Central Railway Station

From here, trains to Switzerland, France and Germany depart.

Sandra Gomez

A little backstory

Catherine Hamlyn maintained the traditional practices of Clovelly ensuring the preservation of the village, including the non-entry of vehicles. She was also astute enough to realise that visitors proved a good source of income for the village. When walking around Clovelly you can find many houses inscribed with her initials ‘CH’ along with the year they were built. The frontage of one particular house is ornamented with German influence decor, as Catherine was inspired by the houses in Germany on one of her visits to the country.

prasatravels

Enjoying Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

I want to introduce you to a wonderful medieval town in Germany. This is a town I visited every year for almost 17 years. This is my favorite town in all of Germany. The name of the town is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The town is located in the northern part of Bavaria. The phrase “ob der Tauber” translates into over the Tauber Valley. Rothenburg gets its name from many the buildings in the town having red roofs (“rot” means “red).

Karin Bauer

Therme Erding: welcome to the second largest spa centre in Europe!

The second largest spa in Europe, Erding’s Therme is divided into several areas. These include, but are not limited to, a fun-filled zone with different kinds of slides perfect for any thrill-seeker and a more relaxing zone with loads of saunas, each featuring its own special attraction. The sauna zone however has a strict ‘no swimsuit allowed’ policy. I learnt this is fairly common in Germany, there are many wellness centres and people are accustomed to going buck-naked. As far as I’m concerned however, even if in the past few years I’ve adopted a more spontaneous attitude and embraced a somewhat ‘take it easy’ outlook on life, I still have a long way to go before I can really call myself an adventurous person. Which is why accepting my friend’s last-minute invitation to join him felt like a sort of achievement – an insignificant step for mankind, a giant leap for me. Besides the fact that I barely knew this guy, having only met him once a couple of months ago, guess where my friend mostly wanted to spend the evening? While he is a sort of veteran, having visited the spa a few times already, I couldn’t stop thinking that I was, for the first time, willingly going to expose my body in front of strangers including my friend, a stranger as well to some extent. After being torn in two for a few hours though I gave in to the part of me which screamed ‘just do it!’ So flights were quickly reserved and even if I knew I could still withdraw I also knew I would regret it forever if I didn’t take that chance.

Rita Vicinanza

Goslar: A Town from Another Time

When I was sixteen I spent a year at a boarding school in the middle of the Harz region in Germany. The town where my boarding school was didn’t have much: it was a small health-resort (very beautiful, by the way) full of elder citizens who didn’t go out if it was too cold, and the biggest place you could go to was the supermarket next to the train station. In other words, if I wanted to do something different during the weekends, I had to hop on a train and go somewhere else. And that’s how I found myself in Goslar.

Paola NV

Things what surprised me most in Berlin

Berlin is the capital city of Germany. And it is also the biggest city in whole Germany, and second biggest city in the European Union (after London). And like any other capital city or some other big city, it is full of tourists. At least it was in September, and I am sure there is, even more, tourists during summer time.

Katri Vuorvirta

Winter ist bald da! (Winter is almost here!)

I spent 25 years of my life in the sunny Philippines. I was one of those girls who dreamt of seeing snow, play snowballs, do snow angels and even try to know the taste of snow (trust me I tried it hahaha). Then suddenly I left home, flew thousands of miles away and landed in the beautiful country of Germany, where Winter is inevitable. I couldn’t contain the happiness in my heart when I witnessed the first-ever snowfall of my life! As if everything was in a slow-motion. It was indeed loved at first sight.

Prinsesa B

Frankfurt: A Pleasant Surprise

     A few weeks ago, I was going through my daily dose of Skyscanner searches and came across a shockingly inexpensive flight to Frankfurt, Germany. I thought why not? I had always imagined myself going to Munich or Berlin but the opportunity arose and off to Frankfurt I went. As the financial capital of the European banking system, I was not really sure what to expect upon my arrival. A friend of mine from the United States is from Frankfurt and had recommended a small itinerary of things to do but other than that I was on my own.

Zoe

Germany Travel Guides

Leave a Comment...

Have you visited Germany and have something to add to our Best Hostels listing?

Fill in the form below to leave a comment or ask a question about Germany...