Travelling on a budget is always a challenge when it comes to affordable accommodation. Germany offers several options if you are looking for that.
Hostels and affordable hotels designed for budget travelers
Deutsche Jugendherberge (DJH)
The German Youth Hostel Association (DJH) is the oldest hostel organization in Germany — it stems from the idea of a teacher named Richard Schirrmann who had in 1909 the idea of providing low-cost overnight accommodation for young hikers, especially school parties. In 1912, the first permanent Youth Hostel was established in Altena in Germany’s Sauerland region. Nowadays, DJH has more than 550 hostels in Germany.
A&O Hotels and Hostels
Orange or blue, that is the question: all A&O hotels can be booked ‘orange’ as a hostel – where you bring your own sleeping bag and stay in multi-bed rooms – or ‘blue’ as a two-star hotel. Whichever you choose, the stay will always be affordable and all A&Os are centrally located. The accommodation is popular with backpackers and young people. But in recent years, A&O has increasingly widened its appeal to other target groups. The unique concept of hostel and hotel under one roof and the central locations have won over lots of people. What’s more, A&O has broadened the scope of its facilities since being founded. (Source: German National Tourism Board) Founded in 2000, A&O Hotels and Hostels is a central and inexpensive choice for budget-conscious city travellers in Berlin, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Graz, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Prague, Vienna and Munich.
Web Addresses: Affordable Accommodation in Germany
To research budget accommodation
On TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com/) you can also find budget accommodation by filtering the results.
German National Tourism Board’s youth campaign
Another resource for planning your trip might this microsite www.germany.travel/youth
(published by the German National Tourism Board), which is aimed at young travellers and gives them the chance to find out about Germany before they arrive.