Berlin Hostels and Camping
Berlin city guide
ABOVE: A café on the Kurfürstendamm,
where you can spend the money that you save by staying in a hostel.
Official Youth Hostels
The region's Hostelling International affiliate has three hostels in Berlin and
another half-dozen in the suburbs. They're open to tourists of any age, although
guests under 26 get cheaper rates. If you don't have a membership card from your
national hostel association, you can buy a guest membership upon arrival. The hostels are:
The International Jugendbegegnungszentrum Berlin Mitte is 15 minutes from
the center of town by public transportation. It accommodates 228 guests in rooms
of 2, 3, and 4 beds, all with private shower and toilet. Linens and towers are
included in the price.
The Hostel Adler's 23 rooms have 1 to 6 beds each, with showers and toilets on
each floor. Rates are quite reasonable, and the location is convenient: next to
an underground station in the Friedrichstraße.
Circus the Hostel
Circus operates two hostels in Berline Mitte: One near the
Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz, and the other at the Rosenthaler Platz. The latter offers
apartments with private facilities in addition to hostel rooms.
"More central than Citystay is only possible if you manage to sleep under a
table in the revolving television tower," claim the owners of this hostel in
Berlin-Mitte, which opened in April, 2005. Rooms in the stylishly renovated
loft-style building have one to eight beds each, and separate bedrooms for women
are available on request.
"Berlin's most central hostel" is between the Oranieneburgstrasse and the River
Spree, in an area of nightclubs and bars. Rooms, dorms, and rental lines are
Globetrotter Hostel Odyssee
Odyssee is in East Berlin, near the Frankfurter Tor. Rooms and dorms are
available (many with eye-popping decorating schemes), sheets are free, and--as
often is the case in Berlin--the bar never closes.
From March through October, this is a hotel/hostel for budget tourists of any
age; the rest of the year, it's occupied by university students. All rooms have
toilet and shower. The Hubertusallee is about half an hour west of the center in
hostel is in the trendy eastern district of Prenzlauer Berg, one of the few
sections of Berlin that wasn't badly damaged in World War II.
Meininger City Hostels
Choose from four hostels in Berlin. Rates include taxes, sheets, and a buffet breakfast.
(The Meiniger group also has hostels in London and other German cities.)
and Baxpax Hostels
near the city center, is 2 minutes from a cheap student cafeteria and
Mensa; Baxpax is a factory-turned-hostel in the Kreuzberg district.
former "Frederik's Hostel" occupies a building that was built as a boarding
school for Jewish girls. Rooms have 1 to 8 beds, and there are two apartments.
The Pegasus is in the lively eastern neighbhorhood of Friedrichshein.
hostel is one S-Bahn stop away from the Ostbahnhof railroad station and about 15
minutes from Berlin-Mitte by public transportation. Rooms and dorms are
available; sheets are free.
Transit International Youthhotel
need good hand-eye coordination to navigate the menu of the Hotel Transit's Web
site, but give it a try. The hotel hotel is in the Kreuzberg district and has
both rooms and dormitory beds; breakfast is
included in the rates. (The same management
operates the Transit Loft in Prenzlauer
This English-language page has descriptions of five campgrounds within commuting