Staying in a hostel not only saves you tons of money, but is also the best way of mingling with people from all over the world. We have scoped out the very best hostels in Munich, which are perfect bases for exploring the city, big on comfort but small on price, and great platforms to socialize with an international crowd. Take your pick of these, the best hostels in Munich.
YMCA Youth Hotel is a trusted name that has been part of the worldwide Christian movement for years. As expected from YMCA, the Munich branch is impeccably clean and done up with basic, practical furniture. The room offers twin and triple rooms, as well as four-bed dorms (separate for males and females). YMCA offers a complimentary breakfast buffet (a rarity in hostels), internet and air-conditioning, which earn it major brownie points with guests. YMCA also scores a full 10 on location, being located only a short stroll from the railway station and 10 minutes from Oktoberfest grounds.
Wombats City Hostel emerged as the most popular hostel in Munich in a survey in 2017, and it certainly earned the honor. The friendly vibe, glass-roofed courtyard and well-stocked bar of this hostel attracts youths from other hostels too, making Wombats a great place to meet lots of people from all over the world. Add to it an incredible location (practically next to the railway station and walking distance to the major attractions in town) and great prices, and the hostel truly has all the ingredients to be a backpacker’s dream.
Euro Youth Hostel is one of the largest hostels in Munich and among the most popular, so much so that its 200 beds are often booked out months in advance. Its popularity is not really a surprise. It is a stone’s throw from the main railway station, and you can easily walk to the main tourist spots in town. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious, bright and airy, and invariably spanking clean. Three, four, five, six and 12-bed male/female as well as mixed dorms are available at a very affordable rate. Guests appreciate the thoughtful touches like curtain partitions for bunk beds. If you want more privacy, go for the single, twin or double rooms with shared baths.
Jaeger’s is a cool, hip hostel that attracts mostly young backpackers from all over the world. With the central railway station as well as other modes of public transport a mere hop away, accessibility should be the last of your worries. The hostel houses single and double private rooms, plus four, six, eight and 10-bed mixed and all-female dorms. It also happens to offer a luxury that is very are for hostels: air-conditioning in all rooms. At 4.98 euro (US$5.80), the buffet breakfast spread is amazing value for money, so fill up before you hit the town.
If your purpose for staying in a hostel is meeting new people, you can’t do better than The Tent. More than a hostel, this is a gigantic campsite that has popped up in a green parkland every summer since 1972, and over the years its popularity has only grown. You can look forward to parties, bonfires, city tours, dance, music and endless fun at The Tent, and it’s most likely that you will make at least one lasting friend by the end of your stay. The Tent also has a cool beer garden and cafeteria that provide ample gastronomic options. Remember though, that this is a 200-bed mixed dorm in a makeshift setting, so it is very important to make room for adjustments and leave any negative attitude at home. Guests consistently admire the cleanliness, friendly nature of the organizers and availability of basic amenities at The Tent, and many come back year after year. Overall, at less than 15 euros (US$17.50) a night, it’s a bargain!
HI Munich Park Hostel may not be right in the city center but it is only about an eight-minute metro ride away; and the fact that it offers complimentary breakfast more than compensates for the inconvenience. Though very much a hostel, HI often hosts families as well in its twin, four-bed and six-bed private rooms. In fact, the hostel even has a small indoor play area. Backpackers usually prefer the six-bed mixed dorms. There is a café, mini-grocery store and games room in the hostel, which have certainly bolstered its popularity among guests.
Gspusi is a relative newcomer to Munich’s burgeoning hostel scene. What appeals to guests about Gspusi is the ‘designer elements’ that you normally wouldn’t expect in a hostel: for example, wooden décor in private rooms and dorms, high ceilings, blackout curtains and high-quality floors. At the end of a long day of having fun, guests love to chill and socialize with people from all over the globe at the very hip hostel bar. What’s more, it’s right in the city center, making sightseeing a breeze.