Over 40 youth hostels are located in Bavaria's cities, at bathing lakes, in the great outdoors or even near the Alps. Discover our 11 cool tips for families, couples and individual travellers here
Nuremberg: Living in a landmark
The mighty Kaiserburg dominates the silhouette of this city. The modern youth hostel with its impressive common rooms is housed in the former stables.
Nuremberg Youth Hostel
Gunzenhausen: On Lake Altmühlsee
In the heart of the Franconian Lake District, water sports are a big draw, as is the Altmühl cycle path and the route to Lake Brombach. The delightful marketplace is just a short walk away.
Youth Hostel Gunzenhausen
Wunsiedel: In the Fichtel Mountains
As part of the Bürgerpark Katharinenberg, complete with falconry centre and petting zoo, and close to Europe’s largest rock labyrinth, this youth hostel is a paradise for young explorers.
Youth Hostel Wunsiedel
Trausnitz Castle: Pure Middle Ages
Medieval traditions and customs are writ large on this castle complex, which feels like something out of a picture book. There are also great opportunities for mountain bikers here.
Trausnitz Castle Youth Hostel
Regensburg: On the island
With an idyllic location on the “Unterer Wöhrd” Danube island yet just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre, this youth hostel is the perfect base for nature adventures and city strolls.
Regensburg Youth Hostel
Füssen: At the foot of the Royal Castle
The classically simple youth hostel on the western outskirts of Füssen is the ideal starting point for hikes with a view of the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein and rambles through the charming town.
Füssen Youth Hostel
Augsburg: Lots of culture
Jim Knopf, the Urmel, the Fuggers, Brecht and Mozart – there are plenty of stories and history to experience in one of the oldest German cities. The hostel is located just three minutes from the historic centre.
Augsburg Youth Hostel
Donauwörth: Tip for cyclists
The yellow-green paint may be a matter of taste, but the location is not: about one kilometre from the city centre, the friendly and bright hostel is a great starting point for cycling tours.
Donauwörth Youth Hostel
München: Plenty of choice
Garmisch-Partenkirchen: So cool!
“Moun10”, pronounced “Mountain”, is the name of the new, stylish hostel for mountain and climbing fans at the foot of the summit “Zugspitze”. It even offers a sauna and relaxation room with tiled stove.
"moun10" Youth Hostel
Bad Tölz: Sporting centre
Bavaria’s first sports youth hostel scores with a speed-soccer facility and active course on the premises, as well as an ice arena and climbing center in the immediate vicinity. Of course, skiers are also in the right place here.
Bad Tölz Youth Hostel
For families and partners as well as single people aged 27 and above, the annual fee for the German Youth Hostel Association costs 22.50 euros (half-price from June of the current year). As a rule members are expected to make their own beds and bring their own towels. Almost all Bavaria’s youth hostels are certified as barrier-free.