The best hostels in Berlin: explore hostel life in the city of art, history and hipsters

The best hostels in Berlin: explore hostel life in the city of art, history and hipsters

How to find the best hostels in Berlin for your trip

The German capital is one of the most exciting cities in the world! You could do something new every day and not run of options or get bored for years, seriously! So visiting this vibrant and buzzing metropolis should be more of a regular thing than a once in a lifetime experience – the full charms of Berlin cannot be enjoyed in just one visit. Art galleries and museums, restaurants, cafés and bars, markets, concerts and other events… there really are endless things to do in Berlin! So why not stay in a new hostel every time you visit? When you’re planning your trip, think about what type of adventure you want. Berlin’s neighbourhoods vary in mood and style, so you can really tailor your trip to your personality.

Berlin’s hostel scene has just as much variety and is just as fabulous as anything else about this city – okay, so we may be a little bias, but see for yourself! We’ve put together the ultimate list of the best hostels in Berlin for every type of traveller. You can’t go wrong with any of these…

Jump straight to:

  1. Best party hostels in Berlin
  2. Best hostels in Berlin for solo travellers
  3. Best hostels in Berlin for couples
  4. Best cheap hostels in Berlin
  5. Best of the rest hostels in Berlin

Best party hostels in Berlin

Berlin has a pretty legendary nightlife scene, so why not start the party at some killer hostels before heading to some of the best nightclubs in the world?

St. Christopher’s Berlin Mitte

Does a roof terrace with incredible views over Berlin city centre’s best attractions sound up your street? Sorry, stupid question! Not only does St. Christopher’s have an awesome rooftop that’s been known to house a paddling pool and inflatables in summer, it also has a massive garden and a lively bar that offers 25% off food and drink for hostel guests. Its perfect location means you’re within walking distance of famous sights like Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, so checking sights off your bucket list couldn’t be easier. Their social events are perfect for party animals, especially their nightly pub crawls…which have been known to get messy!

Hostel highlights:

  • Rooftop terrace
  • Bar, cafe, and restaurant
  • Free tour
  • Bicycle hire
  • backpack storage

🏠 Address: Ziegelstr. 28

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte

🚉 Nearest station: Oranienburger Tor

Book your stay at St. Christopher's Berlin Mitte

Generator Berlin Mitte

Best Hostels in Berlin - Generator Berlin Mitte

True backpackers probably won’t be surprised that a member of the Generator family on our list of the best hostels in Berlin. Stylish, fun, social, modern and simply amazing. The Berlin Generator is no exception, it combines edgy industrial elements with classy and cosy interior. But looks is not all it can offer: this hostel has an amazing bar with tasty cocktails and refreshing craft beer. Meet new people and join one of the hostel events, like live music or a club night with fellow travellers. Live the good Berlin Mitte life!

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • ATM
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bar, cafe and restaurant
  • backpack storage

🏠 Address: Oranienburger Strasse 65

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte

🚉 Nearest station: Oranienburger Straße

Book your stay at Generator Berlin Mitte

MEININGER Berlin East Side Gallery

Best Hostels in Berlin - MEININGER Berlin East Side Gallery

Imagine waking up in a brand new, modern, stylish dorm (or private room), getting ready in your en-suite bathroom before heading down to the lobby area, where an AMAZING breakfast buffet awaits you. After taking advantage of the all-you-can-eat-and-drink option, you just casually stroll over to the other side of the road, and BAM! You’re standing right in front of the famous East Side Gallery! Go crazy with taking pictures (your Instagram feed will thank you), but also take some time to think about the history and the meaning behind this impressive memorial. You’re also just a short walk away from some awesome bars and clubs – so you can make the most of your night!

The MEININGER family keeps its standards high and the prices low – just what any backpacker needs for an unforgettable Berlin trip!

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Jobs board
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bar and cafe

🏠 Address: Am Postbahnhof 4

🏘 Neighbourhood: Friedrichshain

🚉 Nearest station: Ostbahnhof

Book your stay at MEININGER Berlin East Side Gallery

Best hostels in Berlin for solo travellers

Berlin is a great city to be a solo traveller as there’s so much to explore, from museums and art galleries to great vintage shops. Because of this, Berlin’s hostels are super social! Here are some that will have you making friends in no time.

Grand Hostel Berlin

Best Hostels in Berlin - Grand Hostel Berlin

📷@eiliev05

Do you like to live a lavish lifestyle, but your bank account can’t keep up? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: Grand Hostel Berlin treats you like the royal you are. Stay in one of the specious dorms or cosy private rooms in this historical building, enjoy a great breakfast buffet, chill on the sun terrace, book a guided tour or explore the amazing neighbourhood by bike. There’s also a WALL of books waiting for you to read. This hostel is in Kreuzberg and regularly offers pub crawls and bike tours – the best way to meet fellow backpackers AND experience Berlin.

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bar and cafe
  • Backpack storage

🏠 Address: Tempelhofer Ufer 14

🏘 Neighbourhood: Kreuzberg

🚉 Nearest station: Möckernbrücke

Book your stay at Grand Hostel Berlin Classic now

EastSeven Berlin Hostel

Best Hostels in Berlin - EastSeven Berlin Hostel

📷@jazzy323f

When you think about Berlin’s hostel scene, the EastSeven Berlin Hostel is one of the first hostels that comes to mind. It’s been awarded the Hoscar not just for one of the best hostels in Berlin, but one of the best hostels in the whole country. Located in popular Prenzlauer Berg and is surrounded by the cutest cafes, delicious restaurants and unique boutiques. This hostel offers free breakfast and wifi, guided tours and bike rentals and is basically 4 floors of fun and social, cool vibes – staying here is always a good idea!

Hostel highlights: 

  • Common room
  • Terrace and BBQ
  • Cafe
  • Late check-out

🏠 Address: Schwedter Str. 7

🏘 Neighbourhood: Prenzlauer Berg

🚉 Nearest station: Senefelder Platz

Book your stay at EastSeven Berlin Hostel now

Best hostels in Berlin for couples

Berlin is crawling with chic, stylish and spacious hostels with private rooms, but also thriving social scenes. With fantastic restaurants and beautiful gardens, there aren’t many better places than Berlin for a romantic getaway…

Circus Hostel

Best Hostels in Berlin - Circus Hostel

Who cares about decoration, activities and extras – location is all that matters?! Well, what would you say if we told you there is no need to compromise? Yes, that’s correct. We have a beautiful hostel, full of beautiful people and beautiful activities, that is right in the city centre! Circus Hostel is only 10 meters from the metro station, and takes you to the main sights of Berlin in no time. The hostel staff also organise daily free walking tours, as well as ‘Behind the Curtain’ events. These can be either a tour or an event, where they show you their personal favourites around town. After aaaall that walking you deserve a beer in the amazing Circus Café & Micro brewery in the hostel’s basement – and you guessed right, the beer you can purchase here was also made here. The private rooms are stylish and quirky, perfectly capturing Berlin’s vibe. Could a hostel be any more awesome?!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bar and cafe
  • Book exchange

🏠 Address: Weinbergsweg 1a

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte

🚉 Nearest station: Rosenthaler Platz

Book your stay at Circus Hostel

Design Hostel P182

Design Hostel P182 screams luxury, with plush furnishings and ultra-modern design – perfect for a romantic couple’s escape. Located in the creative and start-up scene of the Schöneberg district, be inspired by innovation that fuels the city. Feel at ease with a contemporary bar and common room that’s great for socialising, or choose to escape to your private room with an en-suite and a television. So, why not indulge for a while?

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Terrace
  • Bar, cafe and restaurant

🏠 Address: Potsdamerstr, 180/182

🏘 Neighbourhood: Schöneberg

🚉 Nearest station: Kleistpark

Book your stay at Design Hostel P182 now

Best cheap hostels in Berlin

As there’s so many hostels in Berlin, it’s not hard to get quality accommodation for a backpacker’s budget, without having to sacrifice some awesome extras. Hostels are for the backpackers after all!

PLUS Berlin

Best Hostels in Berlin - PLUS Berlin

📷@manue23

Culture nerds listen up! PLUS Berlin is right in the centre of everything your heart desires. It only takes a few minutes by foot from the East Side Gallery to get to the hostel and due to its location in the creative district Friedrichshain, amazing bars and cafes are never far away as well!

Despite its super cheap price, the hostel has a restaurant and bar, a courtyard garden and even a swimming pool and sauna! We won’t judge if you stay inside for your entire trip…

Wellness weekend here I come!

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Terrace
  • Sauna
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Book exchange

🏠 Address: Warschauerplatz 6-8

🏘 Neighbourhood: Friedrichshain

🚉 Nearest station: Warschauer Straße

Book your stay at PLUS Berlin now

U Inn Berlin Hostel

Feel at home at this small and social hostel, that’s located in the trendy district of Friedrichshain. It’s in the heart of Berlin’s vintage shops, flea markets, chic cafés and yoga schools – so it’s a great place to soak up some culture from this very quirky city. The hostel has a common room and a café, so you can mingle with backpackers and locals alike.

Hostel highlights: 

  • Free city tour
  • Common room
  • Book exchange
  • Terrace
  • ATM
  • Bicycle hire

🏠 Address: Finowstrasse 36

🏘 Neighbourhood: Friedrichshain

🚉 Nearest station: Berlin Frankfurter Allee

Book your stay at U Inn Berlin Hostel now

Best of the rest

As we’ve been telling you, Berlin has some incredible hostels. Here are some more we couldn’t leave off the list.

Pfefferbett Hostel

Best Hostels in Berlin - Pfefferbett Hostel

📷@cecileherleda

The Pfefferbett Hostel is located in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg’s cultural centre ‘Pfefferberg’. This former 19th century brewery is one of the best hostels in Berlin for art lovers – and foodies of course. Find dozens of amazing restaurants and cafés in the area, or just hang out at the 24hr hostel bar. In the Pfefferbett Hostel, industrial charm meets modern design: you’ll see unique interior in beautiful rooms with high brick-vaulted ceilings. You will never want to leave this place again. Trust us!

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • Common room
  • ATM
  • Backpack storage
  • Bar, restaurant and cafe

🏠 Address: Schoenhauser Allee 176

🏘 Neighbourhood: Prenzlauer Berg

🚉 Nearest station: Senefelderplatz

Book your stay at Pfefferbett Hostel now

 

MINIMAL

 

The name MINIMAL may imply that this hostel has nothing to offer, only the basics – as minimalist as possible, because who needs all those extras when all you really need is a mattress for as little money as possible, right? So wrong, dude! MINIMAL is a new boutique hostel in the artsy district Kreuzkölln and has a very clean and straightforward design – it’s even more stylish than the cool kids in the neighbourhood!

Hostel highlights: 

  • Free towels
  • Free walking tour
  • Common room
  • Backpack storage

🏠 Address: Hobrechtstrasse 41

🏘 Neighbourhood: Kreuzkölln

🚉 Nearest station: Schönleinstraße

Book your stay at MINIMAL now

 

Riverside Lodge Berlin

Best Hostels in Berlin - Riverside Lodge Berlin

The Riverside Lodge is proof that size doesn’t matter – at least when it comes to finding the best hostels in Berlin! It is a small but very beautiful hostel, located in the heart of Berlin’s hip district Kreuzberg. Lockers, tea, coffee and fruits are included, and will make you feel like home immediately. Also, we definitely recommend renting a bike for just a few euros extra. Relax in the welcoming and cosy vibes in one of the dorms or your private room, after a day of exploring the markets and galleries in the neighbourhood, or a night out in some of the best bars and chill out spots in town (that are right around the corner) – sounds like just the place you’ve been looking for, huh?

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Bicycle hire
  • backpack storage

🏠 Address: Hobrechtstr 43 / corner Maybachufer

🏘 Neighbourhood: Kreuzberg

🚉 Nearest station: Schönleinstraße

Book your stay at Riverside Lodge Berlin

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Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think are some of the best hostels in Berlin? Did we forget one of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below! 👇

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