Modern Berlin is fast-paced and chic, with art, design, politics and commerce in full swing. The scars of the past are being healed with ingenuity, architectural innovation, beer and just a few cocktails.
You’ll want to stay in the rush of it all and soak up the history, see the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, and see the famous world clock on Alexanderplatz. To pay your respects, believe it or not, Checkpoint Charlie is now a tourist hot spot on the Berlin Wall.
Step out each day into the rushing streets, enjoy the nightlife, stay cheaply at a hostel in Berlin. Meet travelers from all over the world. This is a cross-roads of Europe where anything goes as long as it is über-hip. Here are our 10 best hostels in Berlin.
10. Grand Hostel Berlin
The winner of best hostel in Berlin for 2016 was Grand Hostel Berlin. For solo travelers who like a cheap price with a bit of style and meeting new friends, this is the one.
Step out to the Jewish Museum and Checkpoint Charlie, get your free wifi in comfort in the lounge, sociable drinks in the bar, meet other back packers here, and feel the vibe of modern Berlin. With comfortable beds, big storage lockers, all day and night reception, good security, spacious rooms and close to the metro stop.
Laundry service leaves you more time for exploring the city, check out the Deutsche Technique museum close by. Take the U-Bahn from night spots back to this hostel until 3am, relaxing sleep without bunk beds.
The Berlin hostel itself is located in a beautiful white neo-classical building which feels good to come home to. Style and space with a low price tag. Visit the 18th century Brandenberg Gate and stroll down ‘Unter den Linden’ boulevard literally ‘under the linden trees’ nearby.MORE INFO
9. East Seven Berlin Hostel
The East Seven Berlin Hostel is centrally located and the real deal. Friendly, fun, clean and with free wifi, it has a cozy atmosphere, a relaxing garden and heaps of comforts.
Between Mitte, the central district, and charismatic Prenzlauer Berg, you can walk to Alexander Platz and Kastanienallee the fashion design street. Self cater in the kitchen, cook an outdoor BBQ and enjoy happy hour. They do a mean breakfast and good coffee for a decent price. Private and dorm rooms available. Free bag storage and late checkouts arranged without the attitude.
This highly-rated Berlin hostel is well known, it is not a party place, and it is easy to find, right in the heart of Berlin.
8. Plus Berlin
Plus Berlin hostel is clean, good value and friendly, and its location between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg means you can walk to explore the shopping and arts districts, and be close to the best Berlin nightclubs.
This funky new Berlin hostel is in a 100 year-old renovated neo-gothic building just oozing history. It looks just like batman should be standing on the roof ready to glide down. So cool and inside; completely modern euro-chic. Close to the Berlin Wall, in a neighborhood jammed with über-cool one-off shops, arty cafés and bars, you can meet at the in-house Opera Bar to start the night.
This hostel also runs as a hotel so you get all the perks without the price tag. Free wifi and internet facilities for those making their living online. An address to write home about in Berlin. Close to all transport, and 24 hour reception.MORE INFO
7. Wombats City Hostel Berlin
From the rooftop terrace of Wombats City Hostel Berlin you can get one of the best views of the city and see where you want to go next. Enjoy a drink overlooking Mitte and Oranienburger Strasse which, let’s face it, is super cool.
Less than a minute’s walk from Alexanderplatz metro stop, with helpful staff and free wifi, this is a happening place to meet other back packers. Dorm rooms and also apartments with double beds in a separate bedroom, with a kitchen-living room with a double-size couch and private bathroom. Das ist gut. You won’t get any weltschmerz or world weariness here. Did we mention the WomBar?MORE INFO
6. Circus Hostel
Circus Hostel has nice big windows, lots of light, clean rooms, free wifi and its own micro brewery.
Meet people from all over the world here over a beer in the cellar brewery, or over a coffee in the Katz and Maus café bar lounge. Get outside to enjoy the vibe on Rosenthaler Platz, take the U Bahn from outside the door, take free Berlin tours organised by the hostel staff of the highlights of Berlin on art or history, or join the events in-haus. Cheap rates and dorm rooms mean you have more to spend on cafes, museums and attractions in Berlin.MORE INFO