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Hostels are easy on the wallet, but night after night in dingy dorms with potentially bio-hazardous showers and tasteless breakfasts can get even the most enthusiastic traveller down. Here are nine German hostels (in alphabetical order) that don’t think good design, lots of light, and useful amenities are only for five-star hotels.
New Town is Dresden’s nightlife district, and the zany Lollis Homestay is smack dab in the middle. Bicycles are free, and and one of the staff members organizes night cycling tours of the city. Beds in Trabants or VW buses are available, as well as more usual bunks. Beds available from 14€.
There is plenty of accommodation in Frankfurt, but most lacks the sexy, party vibe that makes a good hostel great. A standout in the sea of corporate sensibleness, The Five Elements is a charming party hostel in the middle of the red light district close to the main station. Excellent cooking facilities and clean rooms are the icing on the cake.
Lake Constance – Bodensee in German – is a popular (and pricey) holiday spot for Germans and international visitors. Accommodation in high season books up quickly, so it’s worth planning ahead to book at Das Mietwerk in Lindau. The standalone Art Nouveau building is elegantly decorated and offers a free organic breakfast. Beds from 27€.