quick guide: what is the best hostel in Hamburg

Quick guide: which is the best hostel in Hamburg/Germany?

If you are not sure whether going to Hamburg in Germany is a good idea, we convince you it is a good idea indeed – besides the great sights Hamburg offers, there are great hostels that make your stay unbelievable. For a small price, you can get great service, comfy beds, new travel mates and if interested enjoy the great nightlife in Hamburg!

Read further and choose the best hostel for you in Hamburg!

Criteria Hostel name Booking.com score & link Hostelsworld.com score & link
Best value for price Meininger Hamburg City Center 8.3 8.8
Best family hostel Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel 8.6 8.9
Best party hostel Backpackers St. Pauli 8.2 8.6

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How to choose the best cheap hostel in Hamburg?

While choosing the best hostel in Hamburg, you should consider firstly the location, secondly whether it is a party (adult only) or a family hostel. Thirdly, and most importantly always read previous visitors‘ reviews (moreover, you can also follow our ranking, that we get from Hostelsworld.com and Booking.com).

If you still have not enough of the great cities in Germany, check also our other blog post about Berlin, the blog post about the second-largest city in Germany, which is Munich, or, if you are a fan or smaller cities Germany offers, you can check our blog post about the best hostels in Cologne.

quick guide: what is the best hostel in Hamburg

Interesting facts about Hamburg

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin and the 7th largest city in the European Union with a population of over 1.84 million.  Hamburg is Europe’s third-largest port. Major regional broadcaster NDR, the printing and publishing firm Gruner + Jahr, and the newspapers

Der Spiegel and Die Zeit are based in the city. Hamburg is the seat of Germany’s oldest stock exchange and the world’s oldest merchant bank, Berenberg Bank.  Media, commercial, logistical, and industrial firms with significant locations in the city include multinationals Airbus, Blohm + VossAurubisBeiersdorf, and Unilever.

Hamburg is also a major European science, research, and education hub, with several universities and institutions. The city enjoys a very high quality of living, being ranked 19th in the 2019 Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

quick guide: what is the best hostel in Hamburg

Hamburg is a major international and domestic tourist destination. The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2015.  Hamburg’s rivers and canals are crossed by around 2,500 bridges, making it the city with the highest number of bridges in Europe.

Aside from its rich architectural heritage, the city is also home to notable cultural venues such as the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle concert halls. It gave birth to movements like Hamburger Schule and paved the way for bands including The Beatles.

Hamburg is also known for several theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Pauli’s Reeperbahn is among the best-known European entertainment districts.

Weather in Hamburg

Hamburg has an oceanic climate, influenced by its proximity to the coast and maritime influences that originate over the Atlantic Ocean. The location in the north of Germany provides extremes greater than typical marine climates, but definitely in the category due to the prevailing westerlies.

quick guide: what is the best hostel in Hamburg

Nearby wetlands enjoy a maritime temperate climate. The amount of snowfall has varied greatly in recent decades. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, heavy snowfall sometimes occurred,  the winters of recent years have been less cold, with snowfall just a few days per year.

The warmest months are June, July, and August, with high temperatures of 20.1 to 22.5 °C (68.2 to 72.5 °F). The coldest are December, January, and February, with low temperatures of −0.3 to 1.0 °C (31.5 to 33.8 °F).

Popular sights in Hamburg

Hamburg has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles and no skyscrapers. Churches are important landmarks, such as St Nicholas’, which for a short time in the 19th century was the world’s tallest building.

quick guide: what is the best hostel in Hamburg

The skyline features the tall spires of the most important churches (Hauptkirchen) St Michael’s (nicknamed “Michel”), St Peter’s, St James’s (St. Jacobi) and St. Catherine’s covered with copper plates, and the Heinrich-Hertz-Turm, the radio, and television tower (no longer publicly accessible).

The many streams, rivers, and canals are crossed by some 2,500 bridges, more than London, Amsterdam, and Venice put together. Hamburg has more bridges inside its city limits than any other city in the world.

The Köhlbrandbrücke, Freihafen Elbbrücken, and Lombardsbrücke and Kennedybrücke dividing Binnenalster from Aussenalster are important roadways.

The town hall is a richly decorated Neo-Renaissance building finished in 1897. The tower is 112 meters (367 ft) high. Its façade, 111 m (364 ft) long, depicts the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, since Hamburg was, as a Free Imperial City, only under the sovereignty of the emperor.

quick guide: what is the best hostel in Hamburg

The Chilehaus, a brick expressionist office building built in 1922 and designed by architect Fritz Höger, is shaped like an ocean liner. The park and its buildings were designed by Fritz Schumacher in the 1910s.

Europe’s largest urban development since 2008, the HafenCity, will house about 10,000 inhabitants and 15,000 workers. The plan includes designs by Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano.

The Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall), opened in January 2017, houses concerts in a sail-shaped building on top of an old warehouse, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron.

quick guide: what is the best hostel in Hamburg

The many parks are distributed over the whole city, which makes Hamburg a very verdant city. The biggest parks are the Stadtpark, the Ohlsdorf Cemetery, and Planten un Blomen.

The Stadtpark, Hamburg’s “Central Park”, has a great lawn and a huge water tower, which houses one of Europe’s biggest planetaria.

Without a doubt, you should definitely visit Hamburg. If you decide to do so, we will be happy to help you choose the best hostel Hamburg in Germany offers. Just be kindly aware of the price mentioned below for each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 Jugendherberge Hamburg-Auf dem Stintfang

8.2 on Booking.com  9.2 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 117 USD Dorms from 35 USD

Jugendherberge Hamburg Auf dem Stintfang

This centrally located hostel lies just 500 m from the Reeperbahn Nightlife Area and 200 m from Landungsbrücken Underground Station. It offers a modern bistro and TV room.

Offering panoramic views of Hamburg Harbor, Auf dem Stintfang features rooms and dormitories with either a shared or private bathroom. Single-sex dormitories are also available. Wi-Fi internet is free in public areas, and guests can use the hostel’s laundry facilities.

A breakfast buffet and warm evening buffet are provided at Jugendherberge Hamburg “Auf dem Stintfang”. Cocktails and snacks can be enjoyed at the Chicago Backpackers Bistro.

Guests can visit Hamburg’s famous Fish Market or the popular Schanzenviertel district, both just a 20-minute from Auf dem Stintfang Jugendherberge.

Pros and Cons of Jugenherberge Hamburg - Auf dem Stintfang

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Bicycle hire

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • No parking available

#2 Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel

8.6 on Booking.com  8.9 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 111 USD Dorms from 21 USD

Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel

Pajama Park Schanzenviertel is located in the „Sternschanze“ right where this young and trendy district with all its bars, restaurants, shops, and urban culture beats the fastest.

The charming outside view of the historic and former Mont-Blanc Building with its elements of ‘industrial/bohemian chic“ captures one`s attention at once. Rooms include a flat-screen TV.

Inside you`ll find a bunch of the most beautiful, comfortable, and major equipped hostel & hotel dorms for up to 8 people – everything completely new renovated and designed in Summer 2016.

Pajama Park Schanzenviertel features free WiFi throughout the property. Some rooms include a shared bathroom while others include a private bathroom.

Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel

You will find a hairdresser at the property. The charming outside view of the historic and former Mont-Blanc Building with its elements of ‘industrial/bohemian chic“ captures one`s attention at once.

Pros and Cons of Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Towels included
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • Shared kitchen
  • On-site coffee shop
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Pet friendly

Cons

  • Breakfast not available
  • No parking available
  • Front desk limited hours

#3 MEININGER Hamburg City Center

8.3 on Booking.com  8.8 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 45 USD Dorms from 21 USD

The hotel is located 5 minutes walking from the Altona station in the city center, between the trendy districts of Ottensen and Sternschanze with their huge variety of shopping and entertainment opportunities.

Tourist attractions such as Hamburg’s port, the Reeperbahn, St. Pauli, and the fish market are all close by and can be easily reached on foot or by public transport.

The hotel’s spacious lobby has a cozy lounge. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the whole hotel.

All the hotel’s modern, spacious, non-smoking bedrooms are equipped with TV and telephone. Our lavish ‘all you can eat and drink’ breakfast buffet is the ideal start to the day, available for a small additional charge.

Meininger Hotel Hamburg city center

Parking is available in the hotel’s own underground car park for an additional charge. Enjoy a very special stay in this modern hotel, thanks to its wonderfully relaxed, cosmopolitan atmosphere mixed in with masses of Hamburg charm.

It provides a meeting point for people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities. Come to this hostel to relax, meet and talk, work, or quite simply have a good night’s sleep.

Pros and Cons of Meininger Hamburg City center

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Great value for money
  • Activities organized
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Private parking (for a fee)
  • Family rooms
  • Pet friendly

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels not included (for dormitories)

#4 Backpackers St. Pauli

8.2 on Booking.com  8.6 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 70 USD Dorms from 18 USD

Backpackers St. Pauli

Explore the district and get in touch with St. Pauli. Learn about the history of this special area of Hamburg. From the beginning as the ropemakers worked by the river and gave famous Reeperbahn its name over the 60ies where the Beatles made their first steps on stage to the middle of the 80ies as Hafenstraße was squatted and now.

After a night in our cozy beds enjoys the breakfast buffet at the hostelcafé, enjoy quality coffee, or fix your own food in the hostel kitchen. Warm-up with snacks and drinks including a nice range of handcrafted beers from Hamburg. 

In the evening the hostelcafé turns into the meeting point to plan the nightlife. From the movie theatre just across the road to living music or clubbing. The hostel is located close to most venues/clubs/bars.

Backpackers St. Pauli

Bedlinen is inclusive but please make your bed. Sleeping without bed-linen, using own bed-linen or sleeping bags is not allowed. Rooms are partly equipped with an ensuite bathroom or balcony.

For your belongings, they provide lockers in the rooms for each guest. Every bed has its own reading light.

Pros and Cons of Backpackers St. Pauli

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Party hostel
  • Bar and Café available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Adult only property

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Towels not included

#5 Generator Hamburg

7.7 on Booking.com  8.5 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 59 USD Dorms from 18 USD

 

Directly beside Hamburg Train Station, this hostel offers colorful rooms and dormitories with private bathrooms. It has a 24-hour reception, a large lounge, and a bar with an outdoor terrace.

Opened in January 2012, Generator Hostel Hamburg is one of the city’s largest hostels. All rooms are fitted with secure key card systems and can be reached by elevator.

The Generator Hostel has a lively bar area, where guests can have a drink and meet friends. Guests can enjoy a snack in the cafe or a meal in the bar. Additionally, there are shops and grocery stores within a 5-minute walk of the hostel.

Busses and trains are just a 1-minute walk from the Generator Hamburg. There are direct connections to the old town, the Reeperbahn, and Hamburg Airport.

Pros and Cons of Generator Hamburg

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace
  • 24-hours front desk
  • Bar and Café available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Laundry facilities
  • ATM on site
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Adult only property

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels not included
  • No parking available

#6 Arena Hostel Hamburg

8.6 on Booking.com  8.9 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 86 USD Dorms from 29 USD

Arena Hostel Hamburg

This Hamburg hostel is located at Eidelstedt S-Bahn Train Station, a 10-minute walk from the Barclaycard Arena and the Volksparkstadium. It offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with heated floors.

The simple rooms at Arena Hostel Hamburg feature colorful décor and a small seating area. A shared lounge with a flat-screen TV is situated on each floor.

Arena Hostel Hamburg

Guests can prepare meals in the fully equipped shared kitchen. A restaurant can be found within a 5-minute walk of the Arena Hostel.

The S-Bahn station provides links to the Jungfernstieg shopping street and the lively Reeperbahn Street which offers bars and clubs. This station also provides links to Hamburg Airport and Hamburg Main Station.

Pros and Cons of Arena Hostel Hamburg

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Great location near Hamburg airport
  • Shared kitchen
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Street parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Family rooms

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Towels not included
  • Front desk limited hours
  • Farer from the city center

#7 Arcade Hostel

8.1 on Booking.com  8.6 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 53 USD 

Arcade Hotel & Hostel Hamburg

This hostel in the western district of Hamburg.  Offers clean & brightly furnished, cozy single, double, and triple rooms. Family apartment (2 twin bedrooms for 4 guests, cribs available too) is also available and includes its own small kitchen.

The newly designed breakfast room with its large summer terrace invites you to a great start into your day and can be used as a lounge during the daytime until 10 PM. At the reception, you can get free shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, a sewing kit, and a kettle.

A variety of drinks and candy can be purchased there as well. The district of Stellingen is a popular destination for travelers due to good public transport connections. Access to the colorful Hamburg nightlife, the world-renown classic fish market (Sundays only), several famous parks and rivers Elbe and Alster.

Arcade Hotel & Hostel Hamburg

There are also good shopping opportunities easily available by bus or subway/city rail. 

Public transport tickets can be bought at reception. By car, the hostel is easily accessible from the A7 and A23 motorways. Within a radius of 1,5 km, you will also find the Barclaycard Arena and the Volkspark Stadium.

Pros and Cons of Arcade Hostel

Pros

  • Various rooms available
  • Great access to A7
  • Snack bar available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Towels included
  • Free parking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Children friendly
  • Family rooms

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Front desk limited hours
  • Farer from the city center
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

So, did you choose your favorite hostel in Hamburg? All the hostels listed above offer great services and provide all you need for a pleasant stay in this popular German city. 

In conclusion, we can agree there are great hostels to be found in Hamburg. We hope that the list of the best hostels in Hamburg helps you to have a great time in this charming city! 

 

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