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

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? 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. You can’t go wrong with any of these…

1. Pfefferbett Hostel

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!

Best Hostels in Berlin - Pfefferbett Hostel


🏠 Address: Schoenhauser Allee 176

🏘 Neighbourhood: Prenzlauer Berg

🚉 Nearest station: Senefelderplatz

Book your stay at Pfefferbett Hostel now



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!

Best Hostels in Berlin - MINIMAL


🏘 Neighbourhood: Kreuzkölln

🏠 Address: Hobrechtstrasse 41

🚉 Nearest station: Schönleinstraße

Book your stay at MINIMAL now


3. EastSeven Berlin Hostel

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. You might not be surprised to hear that it recently claimed the same title for 2017! 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!

Best Hostels in Berlin - EastSeven Berlin Hostel


🏠 Address: Schwedter Str. 7

🏘 Neighbourhood: Prenzlauer Berg

🚉 Nearest station: Senefelder Platz

Book your stay at EastSeven Berlin Hostel now


4. PLUS Berlin

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 it’s location in the creative district Friedrichshain, amazing bars and cafes are never far away as well! For a touch of extra luxury (because luxury is the standard here anyways) you can book a private room, or just pamper yourself in the hostel’s pool and sauna area! Wellness weekend here I come!

Best Hostels in Berlin - PLUS Berlin


🏠 Address: Warschauerplatz 6-8

🏘 Neighbourhood: Friedrichshain

🚉 Nearest station: Warschauer Straße

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5. Grand Hostel Berlin

Deep down are you a king who deserves to live a royal lifestyle, but the only problem is that your bank account can’t keep up? Don’t worry, we got you covered: Grand Hostel Berlin treats you like the king 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. This hostel is in Kreuzberg and regularly offers pub crawls and bike tours – the best way to meet fellow backpackers AND experience Berlin.

Best Hostels in Berlin - Grand Hostel Berlin


🏠 Address: Tempelhofer Ufer 14

🏘 Neighbourhood: Kreuzberg

🚉 Nearest station: Möckernbrücke

Book your stay at Grand Hostel Berlin Classic now


6. 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. Could a hostel be any more awesome?!

Best Hostels in Berlin - Circus Hostel

🏠 Address: Weinbergsweg 1a

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte

🚉 Nearest station: Rosenthaler Platz

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7. 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 solo travellers, be it a free group walking tour to get your bearings or one of their nightly pub crawls… the latter have been known to get messy!

🏠 Address: Ziegelstr. 28

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte

🚉 Nearest station: Oranienburger Tor

Book your stay at St. Christopher's Berlin Mitte

8. 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?

Best Hostels in Berlin - Riverside Lodge Berlin

🏠 Address: Hobrechtstr 43 / corner Maybachufer

🏘 Neighbourhood: Kreuzberg

🚉 Nearest station: Schönleinstraße

Book your stay at Riverside Lodge Berlin


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

Best Hostels in Berlin - MEININGER Berlin East Side Gallery

🏠 Address: Am Postbahnhof 4

🏘 Neighbourhood: Friedrichshain

🚉 Nearest station: Ostbahnhof

Book your stay at MEININGER Berlin East Side Gallery


10. Baxpax Downtown Hostel

Without a doubt one of the best hostels in Berlin if all you care about is location. It is close to Alexanderplatz, the Museum Island and a short walk to the Brandenburg Gate, therefore it is the perfect hostel for anyone visiting Berlin for the first time and wanting to visit all the well-known sights. Of course you can stay here on your millionth visit as well, we’re certain that you’ll return to this fun and social hostel over and over again, after staying here once! Enjoy your all-you-can-eat breakfast before joining one of the free walking tours around town, then chill at the lounge afterwards. You can also find an amazing club in the hostel – there is actually no need to ever leave the building to enjoy your stay to the max! (But don’t just stay at the hostel.. seriously. Explore Berlin!)

Best Hostels in Berlin - Baxpax Downtown Hostel

🏠 Address: Ziegelstr. 28

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte

🚉 Nearest station: Friedrichstraße

Book your stay at Baxpax Downtown Hostel/Hotel now


11. 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!

Best Hostels in Berlin - Generator Berlin Mitte

🏠 Address: Oranienburger Strasse 65

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte

🚉 Nearest station: Oranienburger Straße

Book your stay at Generator Berlin Mitte


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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