Dresden, the city of inspiring history, amazing architecture and rich culture, unsurprisingly draws travelers from all over the world. To keep up with the growing number of backpackers flocking to explore this multi-faceted city, a number of hostels have sprung up across the city. And the very best hostels in Dresden consistently delight travelers by offering a comfortable stay at great prices.
Lollis Homestay consistently earns rave reviews and high scores, so you can be sure that they are doing it right. Guests especially love the exceptional friendliness of the staff and the insider tips they offer on exploring the beautiful city of Dresden, the cozy atmosphere and the artsy, funky décor. Also, the free tea and coffee, free walking tours as well as the exciting evening programs (free meals, wine night, game evening etc) majorly contribute to the popularity of the place. The hostel is in a lively neighborhood around 25 minutes from the city center by foot, and is well-connected by public transport.
If you like to stay in the middle of all the action, Hostel Mondpalast is perfect for you, as it is located in a very hip, international neighborhood and is surrounded by bars, clubs, cafés and restaurants. A few minutes’ walk will take you to the pristine river promenade, and a half-hour’s stroll to the city center of Dresden. The reasonably-priced breakfast buffet will prepare you for a busy day of exploring the gorgeous city. You will also get plenty of opportunities to socialize with travelers from all over the world at the hostel bar.
Louise 20 is located in the groovy Dresden-Neustadt neighborhood, the vibrant pub quarter of Dresden, making it a top choice for young backpackers. As it is only 800 meters away from Dresden-Neustadt railway station, accessibility is a breeze. The hostel offers clean, basic single and double private rooms with shared bath, and multi-bed dorms at some of the lowest prices in the city. Guests opting for the €7 (US$8) breakfast agree that it is great value. What’s more, you can enjoy complimentary tea and cakes any time of the day. Remember though, Wi-Fi (free) is available only in the common room.
In terms of accessibility, it’s difficult to beat A&O Dresden Hauptbahnhof. It is located only a few hundred meters from the main railway station, close to many tourist attractions. Like other A&O properties across Germany, this one offers basic, clean rooms and dorms at great prices, and staff are also happy to arrange tours and tickets. The favorite part of A&O Dresden for guests is the rooftop bar, which offers scenic views of the city to go with drinks and snacks.
If your purpose for visiting Dresden is to explore the magnificent Saxon Switzerland National Park or hit some of the best hiking trails in this part of the country, check out 4Lions Hostel. It is 40km away from Dresden city center (35 minutes by train) but only a few miles to the national park and the Elbe riverside. Don’t expect anything fancy at 4Lions; they offer clean, very basic private rooms and dorms. If you are traveling on a shoestring budget, you can even rent a sleeping place in this hostel and use your own sleeping bag.
If you would rather stay close to Dresden city, Kangaroo Stop is a great choice for backpackers as well as families. It’s a mere three minutes from the railway station Dresden-Neustadt and a short stroll to the old town of Dresden where many tourist attractions are clustered. What’s more, a five-minute walk will bring you to the cool party quarter of Dresden where you can mingle with locals and travelers in cozy bars and cafés or dance the night away. Barbecue nights and bonfires at the hostel also give guests a great opportunity to have fun and bond with fellow hostel-mates.