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Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Berlin, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Berlin.


very nice hostel, clean and well kept; a little out of the way
very nice hostel, clean and well kept; a little out of the way
Very good 7.7
Nice and friendly place
I spent a night in the room of 8 I would say perfect from the bed to the clean bathrooms
Fantastic 9.9
Well priced hostel in Berlin
This hostel in Berlin offers good value overall. Helpfull staff.
Great 8.0
very good dorm
very good dorm, plug on each bed to charge via USB, just no personal locker
Fantastic 9.1




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Welcome to Berlin

Berlin is a bit of a puzzle. Out of a turbulent history has come a city buzzing with counter-cultural energy – run-down warehouses have become spaces for experimental art, or throb with cutting-edge techno. Sections of the wall, that potent symbol of the city’s struggles, are now covered in colourful graffiti and eye-popping murals. And doing Berlin from a cheap hostel isn’t just possible – it’s the best way to do it, full stop. This is no place to hide away in a fancy hotel. Join groups of like-minded backpackers in one of the city’s huge variety of youth hostels, from the Mitte city centre area to the downtown area south of the River Spree. Step out of your hostel dorm and discover world-class museums and galleries, über-cool design shops and underground clubs. Berlin’s a puzzle alright – and it’s one you’re going to love solving.

East Side Gallery

Walk along the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, now effectively an art gallery. More than 100 artists have left their stamp on this crumbling piece of history.


Address: Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin, Germany

District: Bezirk Friedrichshain

Bearpit Karaoke

Sing your heart out at the Bearpit Karaoke in Mauerpark. The opportunity is there every Sunday and there’s always a large crowd of locals and clued-up backpackers waiting for intrepid singers to give it a go.


Address: Mauerpark Gleimstrasse 55, 10437 Berlin

District: Mitte

Spree Island

Head to Spree Island and surround yourself with Berlin’s finest museums. Of course popping inside the buildings will cost you money but wandering around the island and taking in the architecture is free - and it’s all walking distance from many city-centre hostels.


Address: Museum Island, Berlin, Germany

District: Mitte

Olympic Stadium

Ready to head out of the hostel and explore? Start your tour of the German capital by visiting the imposing Olympic Stadium. Cost of admission is €7 per adult, for students the price is reduced to €5.50.


Address: Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin, Germany

District: Westend

Pergamon Museum

Berlin hosts the Pergamon Museum, the world’s largest archaeological museum. It contains a breathtaking collection of artefacts that span thousands of years. Tickets cost €12, concessions are €6, but you can save a little bit by buying them online.


Address: Bodestrasse 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

District: Mitte

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is perhaps Berlin’s most famous landmark, drawing big crowds of tourists and backpackers. It provides a spectacular snapshot of the sprawling city and a tangible link to its storied past.


Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

District: Mitte

Hamburger Bahnhof

It may not sound like a gallery, but if you’re an art-mad backpacker, you should head to the Hamburger Bahnhof. This former railway station is brimming with contemporary art from some big names. Tickets cost €14 but concessions are only €7.


Address: Invalidenstrasse 50-51, 10557 Berlin

District: Mitte

Deutsche Kinemathek

Explore the history of German cinema at Berlin’s Deutsche Kinemathek. The building contains thirteen rooms with over 1,000 films, props, and other cinematic memorabilia. Admission costs €7 per adult, but a Welcome-Card or a City Tour Card reduces that price to €4.50.


Address: Potsdamer Strasse 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany

District: Tiergarten


This is the most visited area of the German capital, and it’s packed with cheap hostels. Stroll through wide boulevards, immerse yourself in Prussian culture, and enjoy the cafes and galleries in the Scheunenviertel area.

Touristy Cafes Central


If you’re looking for a more bohemian view of the city then this backpacker-friendly district is the one to visit. Hippies brush shoulder with anarchists, and the streets are filled with restaurants and cafes run by the large Turkish community.

Where locals live Artsy Bars


For a downtown hostel, head to Charlottenburg. It’s filled with swish shops, theatres and museums. Drink in the trendy bars, soak up some culture, and admire the famous Charlottenburg Palace and early 20th century town hall.

Boutiques Trendy Bars

Open Air Gallery (June-July)

This event transforms the Oberbaumbrucke, the gateway to the hostel-packed Friedrichshain district, into an art mile. Celebrating the work of over 100 artists, the Open Air Gallery takes place in June.


Address: Oberbaumbrücke, 10243 Berlin

District: Bezirk Friedrichshain

Lesbian and Gay City Festival (June)

Wherever your hostel is, you’ll probably hear this when you step outside. It’s Europe’s largest street party, and it’s a blast whatever your orientation. It’s held each year in Nollendorfplatz.


Address: Nollendorfplatz, 10777 Berlin, Germany

District: Schöneberg

Berlin Biennale

This event occurs every two years. It’s a celebration of creativity and it turns areas of the city into galleries showcasing contemporary art. It will take place in 2016. Keep an eye on their website for more details.


International Design Festival (June)

This is an annual event that considers contemporary design. Aspiring and established makers display a diverse collection of work. The event occurs in mid-June, and will send you back to your dorm buzzing with ideas.


Address: Kraftwerk, Köpenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

District: Mitte

Festival At Bergmannstrasse (June)

For three days Bergmannstrasse is transformed into an open-air street festival. The event has an exciting multi-cultural atmosphere, and it’s soundtracked by jazz music.


Address: Bergmannstrasse, Berlin, Germany

District: Tempelhof-Schöneberg

Berlin Festival

Backpackers can get a bit tired of airports - but you’ll love this huge party, held at an abandoned one. It’s a great event with a wide range of genres pumped out to over 20,000 revellers.


Address: Eichenstrasse 4, 12435 Berlin


Berlin Music Days

The German capital loves its techno and electronica. Once a year the leading figures in the club and dance music scene get together to organise this programme of parties, showcases and debates all over the city.


Lollopalooza Europe (September)

Yes, you heard right – the daddy of US alternative music festivals is crossing the Atlantic and landing in Berlin. Get your hostel booked early, and party with a huge range of international rock and hip-hop acts.


Address: Eichenstrasse 4, 12435 Berlin

Hamy Café

In the market for a curry, soup, or noodle salad? Head to Hamy Café – it serves the authentic Vietnamese grub backpackers love, with mains costing as little as €4.90.


Address: Hasenheide 10, 10967 Berlin

District: Kreuzberg

Phone: 030 6162 5959


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Café Bombocado

More like a comfy living room than a café. Grab a coffee and take a laid-back break from dorm life in this hidden gem. Oh, and the cakes are AMAZING.


Address: Burknerstrabe 1, 12047 Berlin

District: Kreuzberg

Phone: 0174 2142534

Vego Foodworld

It can be tough for vegan backpackers to find the right restaurants, but this one’s a slam-dunk - filling, tasty and 100% vegan. The special lemonades come highly recommended too.


Address: Lychener Street 63, 10437 Berlin

District: Prenzlauer Berg

Phone: 030 30347975


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If you’re a Mexican food purist, this is the place to go – it’s seriously fresh, seriously authentic stuff. There’s a great cheap hostel nearby, and we’re seriously tempted to book in so we can eat here every day...


Address: Wuhlischstrasse 12, 10245 Berlin

District: Bezirk Friedrichshain


Ron Telesky Canadian Pizza

Maple sauce on your pizza? Well, we’ll try anything once - that’s what youth hostelling is all about. Enjoy a little taste of Canada, by way of Italy, at this oddball pizza joint.


Address: Dieffenbachstrabe 62, 10967 Berlin

District: Kreuzberg

Phone: 030 61621111


One of the best known clubs in Europe, let alone Berlin. Berghain is vast, legendary and has one of the best sound systems around. The door police can be tough, so come with a plan B if you don’t want to end up heading back to your hostel.


Address: Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin

District: Bezirk Friedrichshain

Phone: 030 29360210


Another converted building turned into a club, Stattbad was once a state owned swimming pool. Now it’s the place to be for art and music.


Address: Gerichtstrabe 65, 13347 Berlin

District: Gesundbrunnen

Phone: 030 46797350

House of Weekend

This venue has great views over the city, and its nights are house and techno orientated. It’s in the southeast of Mitte, with a few city centre hostels within walking distance.


Address: Alexanderstrasse 7, 10178 Berlin, Germany

District: Mitte



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Located in a 150 year-old mansion, and situated in Kreuzberg, one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Berlin, Chalet is full of great music, and has a vintage, backpacker-friendly vibe.


Address: Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 3, 10997 Berlin

District: Bezirk Treptow

Phone: 030 69536290

Magnet Club

For fans of live music, and the indie rock genre, this is the club to attend. Budget travellers take note: it’s free before midnight.


Address: Falckensteinstrabe 48, 10997 Berlin

District: Kreuzberg

Phone: 030 44008140

Boxhagener Platz Market

Open on Sundays, this flea market in near to the downtown hostels in Friedrichshain contains everything from books to vinyl records. Have a rummage and grab a bargain.


Address: Gartnerstrabe 23-24, 10245 Berlin

District: Bezirk Friedrichshain


Founded in the late ‘80s as a reaction to cheap mass-produced goods, Manufactum has something of a cult status in its native country. If you’re looking to add some practical, quality items to your backpacker toolkit, this is the place.


Address: Hardenbergstrabe 4-5, 10623 Berlin

District: Berzik Charlottenburg

Phone: 030 24033844

Zeughaus Art Market

Popular with backpackers and tourists alike, this art market takes place near Museum Island – you can brighten up that dorm with everything from watercolours to photography to handmade wooden toys.


Address: Am Zeughaus 1-2, 10117 Berlin

District: Mitte

Phone: 0172 3018873

City Tour Card

Backpackers can save some money travelling in Berlin if you purchase a City Tour Card. It provides discounts on 40 tourist attractions, and free travel on all public transport. The price depends on how long you intend on using it.

Tiergarten Park

Take a break from the hostel with an afternoon in Tiergarten Park, a huge swathe of green in the middle of Berlin. It’s one of the largest in Germany with over 210 hectares of uninterrupted peacefulness in the heart of the bustling capital.


The Welcome-Card is another great money saving option. It gives you free access to public transport, and up to 50% off the cost of visiting 190 top sights and attractions.


Berlin has two airports, Schoenefeld and Tegel. To get from Schoenefeld to the city centre and hostels, take train RE7 or RB14 (the airport express) to the main station (Hauptbahnhof). The journey takes about 30 minutes. You can also take the S9 S-Bahn line, changing at Ostkreuz – it takes longer, but it’s a bit cheaper.

Or you can get a flight to Berlin’s Tegel Airport, which is closer to the city but not on the rail network. It is served by four bus routes: the TXL JetExpressBus, X9 JetExpressBus and the 128 and 109 routes. The TXL will take you right to the Hauptbahnhof.


Backpackers travelling by train will arrive at Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). It’s served by the S5, S7 and S75 S-Bahn lines, the U-55 U-Bahn line and many interregional and international rail services.


If you travel to Berlin by bus you’ll end up at the Central Bus Station (ZOB). It’s located to the west of the city, and is less than half a kilometre from the Messe Nord U-Bahn station (lines S41, S42 and S46) and the Kaiserdamm U-Bahn station (line U12).

Getting around

Berlin has a great public transport system, with a network of buses, trams, overground trains (S-Bahn) and underground trains (U-Bahn). The city is divided into tariff zones: AB, BC und ABC. AB covers the main urban area. Within AB a single fare costs €2.70, and a day ticket €6.90.

Language: German

Currency: Euros

Voltage: 230v

Timezone: Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)

Dialing codes: International callers should use the prefix +49, the Berlin prefix is +30

Post office

General Post Office

Zimmermannstrabe, 12163 Berlin

Tel: 030 7919618


Mullerstrabe 156B, Berlin

Tel: 0228 55005500

Deutsche Post

Ostbahnhof,  Koppenstrabe 3, Berlin

Tel: 0228 4333111



10117 Berlin

Tel: 030 45050

Tourist information

The Berlin Tourist Information office is located in Central Station. The staff are trained in multiple languages. Find them at:


Europaplatz 10557 Berlin


Tel: 030 25 00 25

There are other offices dotted around the capital. The Visit Berlin website has plenty of information that’ll help you to locate the one closest to you.

Opening hours

Berlin is a great place to shop. The city has some of the most liberal business opening hours in Germany. Most shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am – 8pm. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8am – 12pm, and then from 2pm – 4pm.

Emergency number

Call 112 for emergency fire, police and ambulance services.