Berlin is as cool as it gets. Filled with graffiti-daubed landmarks, an awesome cafe scene, and a whole mass of epic nightclubs, it’s a city of of energy unlike anywhere else in the world.
But Germany is one of the most expensive countries in Europe, and Berlin is no exception. Even the hostels here can be super pricey.
So to make your life easier (and help you save some money!) we’ve collected the best hostels in Berlin.
These are Berlin’s coolest hostels, and some of which are quite the bargain. With the help of this guide you’ll be able to save some money and travel to Berlin like a boss. Ladies and gentlemen, these are the top hostels in Berlin.
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The Best Hostels in Berlin: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Berlin – Circus Hostel Berlin
Best Party Hostel in Berlin – St Christopher’s Berlin
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Berlin – Wombats City Hostel Berlin
Best Hostel near the Berlin Wall – Industriepalast Hostel Berlin
Best Hostel near Alexanderplatz – ONE80° Hostel Alexanderplatz
Best Hostel near Berlin Schönefeld Airport – Meininger Berlin East Side Gallery
Best Hostel near Berlin Tegel Airport – Wallyard Concept Hostel
Best Hostel near Berlin Central Station – Meininger Berlin Central Station
Best High-end Hostel in Berlin – Grand Hostel Berlin Classic
Best Budget Hostel in Berlin – Die Fabrik
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Berlin – MINIMAL
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20 Best Hostels in Berlin
#1 – Circus Hostel Berlin
• Best Overall Hostel in Berlin •
Why we like Circus Hostel Berlin…
Circus Hostel Berlin is easily lovable because of its cleanliness, its amazing staff, good atmosphere, cool decor – basically, this all adds up to it being the best overall hostel in Berlin. The location also gives you a chance to explore some cool neighbourhoods of Berlin, which is something we can definitely appreciate!
Circus Hostel Berlin is perfect for…
If staying in a place that’s basically a very affordable hotel (but with a hostel feel – and complete with dorms) sounds like a good thing to you, then this is for you. This budget hostel in Berlin is a great way to see this lively city from a different, untouristed perspective – and at the fraction of the cost you’d pay for a hotel, too!
This hostel rocks! Read our in depth Circus Hostel Berlin review to find out why!
• Best Party Hostel in Berlin •
Why we like St Christopher’s Berlin…
We love the stamp of quality that being a St Christopher’s hostel gives this place – and, which we also like, being part of this hostel chain means that they’ve got a Belushi’s bar attached onsite. Naturally, being Berlin, this place is a great place to drink and be merry, easily cementing its position as the best party hostel in Berlin.
St Christopher’s Berlin is perfect for…
If what you’re looking for is to have such a good time you might actually never leave your hostel, then staying at this branch of St Christopher’s will be your cup of tea entirely. The party goes strong every night here, so those who are looking to join in with the merriment will love this place.
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• Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Berlin •
Why we like Wombats City Hostel Berlin…
The very inclusive, friendly atmosphere at this branch of world-renowned hostel chain Wombats makes it excellent for solo travellers. – and that’s what we like the most about it. The social atmosphere is so strong, in fact, that we’d say it’s actually the best hostel for solo travellers in Berlin; it’s so easy to meet people here.
Wombats City Hostel Berlin is perfect for…
If you’re by yourself and you’re looking to make some friends whilst you’re travelling around Europe – or even if you’re just in Berlin for a few days and are more of an extrovert who enjoys a chat rather than time by yourself – then this place is just right for you. There’s even a rooftop bar for drinks and great views! The staff are polite and helpful, too.
• Best Hostel near the Berlin Wall •
Why we like Industriepalast Hostel Berlin…
We love that this is a cross between youth hostel in Berlin and office chic; the style here is all metal and white paint, minimalist with a smart, utilitarian edge and it feels like a breath of fresh air. Not only that, but it’s the best hostel near the Berlin Wall – it’s right near the edgy East Side Gallery complete with infamous graffiti.
Industriepalast Hostel Berlin is perfect for…
Hipsters and culture-lovers! Yes, if you’re looking to stay near a cool section of the Berlin Wall where you can admire – and photograph – murals and street art adorning this iconic landmark all day before heading out into the cool Berlin nightlife, here’s the place for you!
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• Best Hostel near Alexanderplatz •
Why we like ONE80° Hostel Alexanderplatz…
More of a hip hotel than a Berlin backpackers hostel, we love that this place goes all out in its design to become one of the coolest hostels in Berlin. The decor is chic and stylish and fits the edgy, cool side that runs deep in this city – and we like that a lot.
ONE80° Hostel Alexanderplatz is perfect for…
Being the best hostel near Alexanderplatz, fans of convenience will love the location of this place: being near Alexanderplatz means some great transport connections, including – of course – the direct airport shuttle, which makes stress-free travel a merciful reality. But you’ll also love the hotel-with-a-hostel-feel vibe here.
• Best Hostel near Berlin Schönefeld Airport •
Why we like Meininger Berlin East Side Gallery…
Being near to the Ostbahnhof S-Bahn station means that getting to the city’s second airport from this Berlin backpackers hostel is a breeze – no changes, only direct to the airport. In fact, for that reason, we’d say this is the best hostel near Berlin Schönefeld Airport – and we love the convenience it affords.
Meininger Berlin East Side Gallery is perfect for…
Art lovers who are interested in the murals that adorn the Berlin Wall will love staying at this top hostel in Berlin – it’s located right near the East Side Gallery, filled with art that takes days to explore. Plus those looking for a more hotel-esque experience will enjoy this hostel, which serves up that feeling with a side of cool, reflecting the edgy area its in.
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• Best Hostel near Berlin Tegel Airport •
Why we like Wallyard Concept Hostel…
We love that this cool hostel in Berlin is as cool as it is – the design is utterly on-point, completely like something you’d see in a design magazine; what we also love is its proximity to Berlin’s first airport. Those combined make it easily the best hostel near Berlin Tegel Airport – the TXL shuttle bus stops at nearby U-Bahn stop, Turmstraße.
Wallyard Concept Hostel is perfect for…
Hipsters! Yes, if you’re looking to stay in one of the coolest hostels in Berlin (perhaps the coolest), with all its tiles and minimalism and houseplants, then you should definitely check out Wallyard. The bonus is being able to get to the airport in under half an hour, at which fans of hassle-free travel will rejoice.
• Best Hostel near Berlin Central Station •
Why we like Meininger Berlin Central Station…
What we like about the Meininger hostel chain is that they’re reliable, feature simple, utilitarian style in their design, they make staying in a hotel-like environment very affordable – and they’re also family-friendly (for those of you travelling with children). They’re good all-rounders – and this one, right next to Berlin’s main train station, is no exception.
Meininger Berlin Central Station is perfect for…
If you’re looking for the best hostel near Berlin Central Station, this iteration of European hostel chain Meininger is a very good choice. This youth hostel in Berlin is also great for those looking for a hotel experience but without having to pay for an expensive Berlin hotel will love staying here. Plus it looks the part, too.
• Best High-end Hostel in Berlin •
Why we like Grand Hostel Berlin Classic…
It’s not often that you get to stay in a lavish, grand old building for a fraction of what it might actually cost to stay somewhere like this in real life, but the chance to do so is something that we really like. That’s why this place is our best high-end hostel in Berlin – it’s simply magical!
Grand Hostel Berlin Classic is perfect for
Looking to stay somewhere with some character rather than one of Berlin’s uber-hip hostels? Then this place, set in a building that dates back to 1874, will be just right for you. The bar’s great, the staff are helpful and the atmosphere is youthful – just be aware that it’s all stairs here!
#10 – Die Fabrik
• Best Budget Hostel in Berlin •
Why we like Die Fabrik…
As well as being very cool and set in an ex-industrial building (with many original features shining through amongst modern furnishings), this place also happens to be a bargain when it comes to price. So, thanks to this, it’s the best budget hostel in Berlin. It’s a little far from the centre, but the surrounding Kreuzberg area is really cool.
Die Fabrik is perfect for…
If you’re not too interested in seeing the central tourist sights of Berlin and instead are here to experience the cool street culture of this city, plus its nightlife, then staying at Die Fabrik would be a great option for you. It’s not a greatly sociable place, but since you’ll be exploring outside most of the time, that won’t matter all that much to you.
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#11 – MINIMAL
• Best Hostel with a Private Room in Berlin •
Why we like MINIMAL…
If there’s one thing we really love it’s a spot of very good design – at the aptly named MINIMAL, there’s good design everywhere. The bunks in the dorm are uniform iterations of pale wood and white, there are little touches of retro furniture and the general vibe is minimalist. We love it.
MINIMAL is perfect for…
If what you want to see in a Berlin backpackers hostel is no-holds-barred boutique chicness, then you need look no further than this place. Because of the immense design-magazine-quality of its rooms, we’d also say it’s the best hostel with a private room in Berlin, making it additionally great for couples looking for a posh, hotel-y stay.
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Why we like Baxpax Design Hostel/Hotel…
We not only love the central location of this Berlin backpackers hostel – meaning the main sights are quite close by – but we also love the fact that this hostel has a great, young atmosphere, which keeps things lively and vibrant; just what you need for a city which is also marked by vibrancy!
Baxpax Design Hostel/Hotel is perfect for…
Backpackers! And especially young backpackers. The vibe here is strong, so you’ll be able to meet some drinking buddies pretty easily at this recommended hostel in Berlin. And how better to drink in the evening than in the cool setting of the hostel – the interior design is, as is par for Berlin, on-point.
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#13 – The Cat’s Pajamas
Why we like Brix Hostel…
This top hostel in Berlin is perfectly placed in one of the coolest areas of the city – partway between Kreuzberg and Neukoelln (a.k.a. Kreuzkoelln) meaning plenty of independent cafes and shops to explore. We like that a lot. The trendy, functional interiors and social spaces, plus the social atmosphere itself, are also things we’d tell our friends about.
Brix Hostel is perfect for…
City explorers! If you’re not particularly fussed about being in the centre of Berlin to see all the sights of the city, Cat’s Pajamas would be a great choice for you; that said, getting into central Berlin is easy thanks to nearby public transport. But you’ll be checking out the local area too much for that, of course!
#14 – EastSeven Berlin Hostel
Why we like EastSeven Berlin Hostel…
This award-winning hostel doesn’t just provide a cool backdrop for your Berlin excursion – it’s also a place that oozes atmosphere and character, making it more than just a trendy place to sleep. It’s the sense of togetherness here that is the main thing; how can people make friends without there being an open, friendly environment to begin with?
EastSeven Berlin Hostel is perfect for…
Looking to make friends? Then staying at this place will do you well. It’s possibly one of the coolest hostels in Berlin, not just for its amazingly design-led private rooms or generally cool interiors, but also for its incredibly social environment that means you’ll be walking away from this place with happy memories – and maybe a few new friends, too.
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#15 – Sophie’s Hostel
Why we like Sophie’s Hostel…
We love the designer flair of the stylish Sophie’s Hostel – sometimes a tastefully decorated hostel doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is nicely done, but here it really is: from the bar downstairs to the dorm and private rooms, this place goes all out on looking the part – and we applaud that!
Sophie’s Hostel is perfect for…
Design-lovers! Of course, if being in nice surroundings is something that sways your vote when you’re choosing a hostel to stay in, then this unique Prague backpackers hostel will be perfect for you. The cafe/bar downstairs is also a great space to do some work in, making this a good choice for digital nomads too.
#16 – Generator Berlin Mitte
Why we like Generator Berlin Mitte…
We love the trendy interiors that you’re practically guaranteed to be reclining in when it comes to the Generator chain of hostels – and, of course, this Berlin iteration of the franchise is one of the coolest hostels in Berlin. It’s definitely got style. It’s also got a fun bar and an incredibly central location, which we also love.
Generator Berlin Mitte is perfect for…
If you want a great all-round hostel that’s not only stylish but fun and perfectly positioned for exploring the city, then you’d feel at home staying in this recommended hostel in Berlin. This branch of Generator is equal parts comfortable and chill and would suit any Millennial backpacker very well.
#17 – Heart of Gold Hostel
Why we like Heart of Gold Hostel…
Not only do we love the location of this top hostel in Berlin – right near great sights like Museum Island and Alexanderplatz – but we also love the fact that it’s a prime place to meet fellow travellers: pool tables, great atmosphere, colourful murals and cheap beer all adds up to a convivial atmosphere.
Heart of Gold Hostel is perfect for…
Solo travellers! Want to meet people during your travels to this cool European capital? Then you’ll love the vibe going on at this Berlin backpackers hostel. Plus it’s a real bonus that this place features some great interior design and decor that make everything feel decidedly hip.
#18 – Easterner Hostel
Why we like Easterner Hostel…
Though this youth hostel in Berlin doesn’t feature the same cutting-edge design as other cool hostels in Berlin, it’s still somewhere that’s awesome because of the very helpful host. They go out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable in their hostel, which is great for anyone coming to Berlin for the first time.
Easterner Hostel is perfect for…
Independent travellers will enjoy this more ‘traditional’ hostel. Of course, backpackers will also love being able to stay a little further out of the centre of the city with its tourist hotspots, historical sights and hipsters. That said, it’s easy to travel around from this location if you want to see more of what Berlin has to offer.
#19 – Pfefferbett Hostel
Why we like Pfefferbett Hostel…
The thing we like most about this cool hostel in Berlin is the fact that it’s located in Pfefferbett industrial monument – it’s an ex-brewery-turned-cultural centre dating back to the mid-19th century. This means artists’ workshops, cafes, galleries and boutiques on the doorstep, which makes for a great stroll just from the doorstep of this top hostel in Berlin!
Pfefferbett Hostel is perfect for…
Artists, hipsters – anyone who loves a bit of creativity! That’s right: the setting of this hostel means that there’s a whole host of interesting creativity scattered all around the vicinity, making it a great place to stay for anyone interested in that sort of thing. On top of that this hostel is clean, the staff are amazing and the vibe is great.
#20 – Citystay Mitte
Why we like Citystay Mitte…
We like the location of this top hostel in Berlin – it’s in the area of Mitte, central area of the city and arguably its historic core. Important sights like the Berlin Wall, Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral and other iconic landmarks are easily reachable from this Berlin backpackers hostel, which makes it extra convenient.
Citystay Mitte is perfect for…
Those interested in the culture and history of the German capital will love this top hostel in Berlin. Equally, those looking for a more hotel-esque experience – eschewing common rooms, quirky decor and communal guitars for uniform seating areas and the utmost cleanliness – would probably really enjoy staying at this modern hostel.
Final thoughts on the best hostels in Berlin, Germany
We weren’t joking when we said that Berlin was one of the coolest cities in Europe and there are plenty of hostels to match the hip vibe of the city.
Often complete with cafes or rooftop bars, these places have their design on-point and any self-respecting lover of cool would be happy staying at many of the places we’ve found.
So make sure you’ve got enough space on your phone for pictures, keep hydrated and go see what the amazing city of Berlin has to offer you!
And if all that cool is too much for you and you simply can’t decide which chic hostel is right for you, there’s always our choice for the best overall hostel in Berlin; that’s Circus Hostel Berlin, a true all-rounder – and still very hip.
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