Top hostels in Cologne/Germany

Top hostels in Cologne/Germany

Is Cologne, popular german city, on your bucket list? If so, read further to find the top youth hostels Cologne in Germany offers and save your money for accommodation! Cologne offers cozy and stylish family hostels as well as youth hostels you can easily enjoy your stay during your trip to this popular german city without giving up great comfort and excellent service! With the saved money you can enjoy more of the great museums, restaurants or shopping in this charming city! 

Cologne is the largest city of Germany’s most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth-most populous city in Germany. With slightly over a million inhabitants within its city boundaries, Cologne is the largest city on the Rhine as well.

The city’s Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. There are many institutions of higher education in the city, most notably the University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln), one of Europe’s oldest and largest universities, the Technical University of Cologne (Technische Hochschule Köln), Germany’s largest university of applied sciences, and the German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln), Germany’s only sports university.

Cologne Bonn Airport (Flughafen Köln/Bonn) is Germany’s seventh-largest airport and lies in the southeast of the city. The main airport for the Rhine-Ruhr region is Düsseldorf Airport.

Top hostels in Cologne/Germany

Located in the Rhine-Ruhr area, Cologne is one of the warmest cities in Germany. It has a temperate–oceanic climate  with cool winters and warm summers. It is also one of the cloudiest cities in Germany, with just 1568 hours of sun a year.

The inner city of Cologne was completely destroyed during World War II. The reconstruction of the city followed the style of the 1950s while respecting the old layout and naming of the streets. Thus, the city today is characterized by simple and modest post-war buildings. For example, the opera house by Wilhelm Riphahn, are nowadays regarded as classics of modern architecture. Nevertheless, the uncompromising style of the Cologne Opera house and other modern buildings has remained controversial.

The Cologne Ring boulevards (such as HohenzollernringKaiser-Wilhelm-RingHansaring) with their medieval city gates (such as Hahnentorburg on Rudolfplatz) are known for their nightlife. Hohe Straße (literally: High Street) is one of the main shopping areas and extends past the cathedral in an approximately southerly direction. The street contains many gift shops, clothing stores, fast food restaurants, and electronic goods dealers.

Cologne has several museums. The famous Roman-Germanic Museum features art and architecture from the city’s distant past; the Museum Ludwig houses one of the most important collections of modern art in Europe, including a Picasso collection matched only by the museums in Barcelona and Paris. The city was home to the internationally famous Ringfest, and now to the C/o pop festival.  In addition, Cologne enjoys a thriving Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) presence with several locations in the city.

Top hostels in Cologne/Germany

Cologne is worth more than just one visit. Germany’s oldest big city is a vibrant metropolis with a young spirit. With its sights from 2000 years of history and its position as an ever-growing media location, the cathedral city easily spans past and present. And if you once had the chance to meet the lively and easy-going people of Cologne and their tolerant and open-minded attitude you know why ‘it’s so beautiful on the Rhine’, as the popular song has it.

Are you ready to see the best hostels you can find in this charming and popular city? Kindly just be aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 Die Wohngemeinschaft

9.1 on Booking.com    9.5 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 49 USD Dorms from 22 USD

Die Wohngemeinschaft

This hostel is located in the heart of Cologne’s trendy Belgian Quarter, 2 km from Cologne Cathedral and the Rhine Embankment. Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft offers free Wi-Fi and design interiors. All rooms at die Wohngemeinschaft Cologne are individually decorated on a unique theme. Rooms feature parquet floors and views of Cologne, while shared bathroom facilities are located in the hallway.

The café on the ground floor serves snacks, coffee, and wonderful pastries. In the evenings, it is transformed into a popular bar with live DJs. A separate room is used as a theatre and venue for cultural events. Guests can also play table tennis or hang out in one of the individually designed rooms.

Die Wohngemeinschaft

The common lounge is open 24/7 and is decorated in a classic 1950s style. Free coffee and tea are provided, as well as DVDs and books. Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft is a 2-minute walk from Moltkestraße Underground Station and a 4-minute walk from Rudolfplatz Underground Station. Cologne Main Station can be reached in under 10 minutes on foot.

Pros and Cons of Die Wohngemeinschaft

Pros

  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Great value for price
  • Café and bar available
  • Nightclub available
  • Towels are included in the price
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Limited front-desk hours
  • Farer from the city center

#2 Pathpoint Cologne – Backpacker Hostel

8.6 on Booking.com    8.8 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 73 USD Dorms from 33 USD

Located in Cologne’s city center in a renovated church, this hostel offers luggage storage, 24-hour reception, and free WiFi access in the common area. Cologne Train Station is a 4-minute walk away. All rooms at the Pathpoint Cologne Backpacker Hostel are equipped with modern furniture, a safe and private bathroom with shower.

The Backpacker Hostel offers a shared kitchen, where guests can prepare their own meals. Vending machines providing drinks and snacks are also available. The Pathpoint’s shared lounge features a computer corner and a table football. In good weather, guests can relax on the first-floor terrace and enjoy the barbecue facilities in the hostel’s garden.

PathPoint Cologne Backpacker Hostel

The Cologne Cathedral, Rhein River, and several museums are within a 5-minute walk from the Backpacker Hostel. The surrounding old town offers a variety of shops and restaurants.

Pros and Cons of Pathpoint Cologne - Backpacker Hostel

Pros

  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Great location in the city center
  • Café and bar available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Parking available (for a fee)
  • Bicycle hire

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels and sheets for a fee
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

#3 Jugendherberge City-Hostel Köln-Riehl

8.4 on Booking.com    

Privates from 54 USD Dorms from 39 USD

Jugendherberge City-Hostel Köln-Riehl

This youth hostel is located in the Riehl district of Cologne, just 3 km from the Old Town district. It offers budget rooms, free parking spaces, and a 24-hour reception. All rooms at the Jugendherberge Köln Riehl have modern furniture and a private bathroom.

A breakfast buffet is served each morning at the Jugendherberge Köln Riehl. Guests can also purchase a variety of snacks and drinks in the Jugendherberge’s bistro. Further facilities offered by the Jugendherberge Köln include a recreation room with TV, an internet terminal, and a barbeque area.

Jugendherberge City-Hostel Köln-Riehl

The Boltensternstraße Underground Station is just 200 m away.

Pros and Cons of Jugendherberge City-Hostel Köln-Riehl 

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Bar and restaurant available
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Female and male-only dorms available
  • Quiet surroundings
  • Meals available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Street parking (free)
  • Bicycle rental

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Farer from the city center

#4 a&o Köln Dom

 9.9 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 40 USD

A&O Köln Dom

The a&o Köln Dom is located very centrally. It’s only 100 meters to the Central Station and the Cologne Cathedral. The Cologne Altstadt is just 300 meters from the hostel. With its central location, the a&o is easy to reach by car, train, or bus and is the ideal starting point for excursions into the city.

After the renovation, each of the rooms now offers modern bathrooms with shower/toilet in a familiar, high-quality a&o standard. The newly designed breakfast room with the -Cologne look- and free Wi-Fi on the ground floor now invites guests even more to taste the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet (is for an additional fee).

The excellent transportation connections also make it just a short distance to the trade fair grounds.

Pros and Cons of a&o Köln Dom

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Pet friendly (for additional charge)

Cons

  • Linen and towels for hire
  • Breakfast for a fee

#5 Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz 

8.0 on Booking.com     8.1 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 110 USD Dorms from 46 USD

Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz

Just 900 m from the Cologne Exhibition Centre, this modern city hostel is an ideal base for visitors to the Rhine metropolis and the Rhineland region. Cologne Cathedral and the Old Town are a 15-minute walk away.

The hostel has two dining rooms that serve breakfast while offering lunch and dinner at an extra cost. There are 4-bed-rooms, double and single rooms available, all with their own shower, washing-facilities, and toilet. Internet-access, Bistro, and meals are also available.

Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz

All rooms at the Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz come with private bathrooms and bed linen is included. Washing machines and dryers are available to guests, along with internet terminals. A shop serves snacks and drinks. At the hostel, there is an international young atmosphere in an old, but a friendly city with a lot of attractions day and night.

Pros and Cons of Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz

Pros

  • Breakfast included in the price
  • Restaurant available
  • Male and female-only dorms available
  • Meals available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Parking (for a fee)

Cons

  • Towels for hire

 

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