A lot has changed in the German hostel realm since backpacking hit the mainstream. The times of bleak and uninspiring dorm rooms of the traditional Jugendherbergen are long over, and trendy hostels have opened in every major city – Leipzig is no exception. We take a look at the best hostels in the city.
Hostel & Garten Eden
Hostel & Garten Eden is the result of an ambitious and passionate undertaking by four young Leipzig women and their friends and families. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the four have converted a vacant house into one of the most charming places to stay in the city. Different local artists took on each of the rooms – dorms and privates are available – and converted them into live artworks, some of them incorporating futuristic elements, some embracing the shabby-chic style; others went as far as using upcycled furniture. A shared living room, kitchen and bar area help in making new friends, and the hostel gets extra points for the communal backyard. Eden is set in west Leipzig with some attractions in walking distance and the city centre a quick tram ride away. You can stay in a dorm room for as little as €12 a night.
Hostel & Garten Eden, Demmeringstraße 57, Leipzig, Germany, +49 1522 5181 544
MEININGER Leipzig Central Station
The MEININGER Hotel is part of a chain, and they have created a concept that caters to all travellers. A mix of dorms and private rooms are available to solo backpackers, families, groups and business travellers. Not only is the hotel newly refurbished and boasting some stunning interior design elements throughout, but the amenities speak for themselves – a guest kitchen, laundry facilities, a gaming room and free WiFi, a bar, lounge and outside terrace and a convenient location right in the city centre. For an extra fee, you can dive into the large breakfast menu or take a packed lunch for a day’s worth of exploring. Prices start at around €22 for a bed in a four-bed dorm room.
MEININGER Hotel Leipzig Central Station, Brühl 69, Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 9621 9868
Set it Leipzig’s west, Multitude Hostel is the perfect base if you want to explore both the city centre attractions as well the hip Plagwitz neighbourhood, which boasts industrial charm, creative boutiques and lots of arts and crafts. The beautifully designed and light-flooded rooms feature white and bare brick walls and are equipped with solid wooden bunk beds with curtains for an extra bit of privacy, lots of storage space and comfy mattresses. Rather than daunting communal showers, the hostel has fully equipped and squeaky clean bathrooms. You can quickly meet other travellers at the in-house bar, kitchen, living area or in the beer garden. Prices start at €34 per person a night in a dorm room.
Multitude Hostel, Lützner Straße, Leipzig, Germany, +49 1590 1330 851
Five Elements Hostel Leipzig
You hardly can stay more centrally than at Five Element. A stone’s throw away from some of Leipzig’s main attractions, this stylish hostel makes a first impression with its high ceilings and glass roof in the entrance hall. The stylish interior and central location are only some of the perks of staying here. Rather than catering only to budget-minded backpackers, the hostel also offers private rooms and apartments with kitchens, which are great for families and business travellers. A bed in one of the 4-10-bed dorm room costs upwards of €9.50, private rooms start at €30.
5Elements Hostel Leipzig, Kleine Fleischergasse 8, Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 35583196
Leipzig’s west has long understood itself as the city’s centre of art and culture and established an alternative lifestyle. Blauer Stern is at the heart of it at all, and the artistic way of living is reflected in the colourfully painted rooms, mix-and-matchy furniture and retro vibe of the place. Guests can choose from a number of private and shared rooms and have access to a communal kitchen, living room and a courtyard equipped with a seating area and BBQ for the summer months. A bed in a dorm costs around €19 per night.
Blauer Stern, Dittrichring 18, Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 9615 983
Sleepy Lion is situated on the fringe of Leipzig’s city centre and in walking distance to a lot of the attractions, bars and cafés. They offer both private and shared rooms, all with their own bathroom, as well as apartments that are equipped with a kitchen and television. It’s worth noting that Sleepy Lion aims to steer the focus on the cultural aspect of travelling and is by no means a party hostel. They follow a strict policy of not tolerating drunk guests, and alcohol is prohibited in the dorm rooms. If you’re planning a party-centred trip, you might want to stay elsewhere, but if you want to explore the cultural and historical highlights that Leipzig has to offer, their staff is more than happy to give recommendations on activities, tours and all the things to do.
Sleepy Lion Hostel, Jacobstraße, Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 9939 480