Streets and canals meander through Hamburg, which hosts a network of international businesses, market traders and top music venues. Known for its wealth, Germany’s second largest city is a popular destination for shoppers and foodies, with its river side location offering an endless supply of fresh seafood. All these attributes mean visits to Hamburg come with a high price tag.
With so many things to do across the city we’ve selected five of the best hostels for travellers wanting to make their money go further, taking into consideration aspects of location, value and atmosphere.
DORMS FROM €28/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM €100/ NIGHT
In the north of the city this modern stopover brings the relaxing aspect of the city together with the bustling nightlife and shops. Between the districts of Ottensen and Sternschanze a range of bars, markets and sights are a short walk away and nearby transport links open up other areas of the city to guests. Dormitories are lined with beds fitted with privacy curtains and all rooms have access to their own bathrooms. Meininger Hamburg has its own bar and vending machines for guests to purchase convenient snacks from; alternatively self catering facilities enable guests to enjoy their own choice of meal. Amenities on offer for an extra fee include an all you can eat and drink breakfast buffet, laundry facilities and bike rental in the spring and summer months.
DORMS FROM €43/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM €165/ NIGHT
The most central of Hamburg’s hostels, Generator Hamburg is located next to the main train station and City Hall. The hostel brand is definitely for social travellers; it has a lively onsite bar with nightly drink specials, karaoke, DJs, quizzes, pool competitions and themed monthly parties. The bar is also a handy place to grab a cheap snack or meal. The shared terrace and lounge areas are great places for visitors meet and socialise with one another. Each of the bright rooms has an ensuite bathroom, wifi connections and beds have convenient access to their own power sockets and personal reading lights.
DORMS FROM €29/ NIGHT
The small streets of the St Pauli district charm and welcome guests. Located in one of the few quiet corners, Backpackers St Pauli ensures an undisturbed sleep whilst also being on the doorstep of some of Hamburg’s best nightlife, markets and music. The onsite cafe serves a buffet breakfast for an additional cost, though younger travellers under the age of nine can enjoy this amenity for free. For those returning from a day exploring the city, the bar offers a selection of German craft beers and guests can choose to cook a homemade meal in the self-catering facilities. One extra cost to consider is the bed linen, which is not included in the price unless you are staying for over three nights. It must be sourced from the hostel, your own is not permitted, for an additional 3€ per set.
DORMS FROM €19/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM €48/ NIGHT
Independent and unconventional, the colourful rooms at Instant Sleep Backpacker Hostel are cosy and have access to shared bathrooms. The hostel has an outdoor terrace and lounge area for socialising, eating and playing pool with fellow guests. Also on offer is a well equipped kitchen so guests can minimise spending on meals throughout the day. Located above two bars, guests also have great options when choosing where to go for an evening drink. For those who wish to enjoy the nightlife of Hamburg, the hostel is only a short walk from the main areas for entertainment.
DORMS FROM €25/ NIGHT. PRIVATES FROM €79/ NIGHT
Situated centrally, opposite the harbour, the vibrant nightlife of Hamburg and its bustling entertainment scene are easily reached from the Jugendherberge Hamburg. Guests can enjoy a view of the beautiful cityscape from the hostel’s terrace or socialise with other guests in the cafe/bar area. The hostel has standard self catering facilities with a kitchen and TV room available, though the hostel’s minimal decor and facilities encourage visitors to enjoy the city rather than sit back in the hostel’s surroundings. Guests can also enjoy breakfast, which is included in the price, before heading out to visit the local historic and cultural sites.