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German Youth Hostel Association (DJH): the world’s largest network of youth hostels

A large community – Youth hostels in Germany

The youth hostel –an idea "Made in Germany". The most extensive network of youth hostels in the world: the German Youth Hostel Association (DJH) comprises around 500 attractive properties, many of which are found in absolute dream locations. Hostels can be found in palaces, castles and in buildings protected as national monuments, even in mills, towers or on a ship. Our hostels occupy well-exposed locations in large cities, on major rivers, on the coast and in the mountains. Each youth hostel offers something special: the high ropes course, a canoe tour, survival training or even a relaxing massage. But most importantly, youth hostel guests will experience a real sense of community. Our hostels are open to everyone. They are meeting hubs for people young and old from all over the world - for travelling individuals, families, groups, school classes, kindergarten groups, sports clubs or groups of all kind. The members of the DJH are part of an international network and experience the unique community atmosphere in 4,000 youth hostels spread across 90 countries around the world. The principle of openness and tolerance applies; the love of one’s fellow man and respect are a given. Different temperaments and cultures encounter each other here on a daily basis, share experiences and have fun together. And all that at unbeatable prices. Youth hostels in Germany have a high standard of good, modern accommodation, friendly facilities, and competent service. They are also safe and clean with wash-rooms and toilets that offer the greatest possible privacy. The bedrooms and dormitories are gender-specific. Almost all youth hostels also have comfortable single rooms as well as double rooms and family rooms. Breakfast and bed linen are always included in the price.


This is where people come together

Whether you’re looking for adventure or a family holiday, going on a school trip or visiting the big city, whether you enjoy nature rambles or a relaxing spa- discover the colourful world of youth hostels. Find friends from all over the world who share your interests and are open-minded, easy-going, and eager to experience life. Our special-profile youth hostel offers are separated by travel interests into the categories Environment & Nature, Culture & Society and Health & Sports.

Youth hostels – The perfect place for groups

Are you planning a conference or a seminar? Are you still looking for the most suitable travel destination for your sports or music group? Youth hostels are ideal for inspiring group meetings. Here we have the best conditions to allow you to concentrate on what matters, get off the beaten path and to develop new things. This uncomplicated community releases your creativity and lets you genuinely enjoy what you are doing. We take performance pressure out of the equation - the only thing on the agenda is a zest for life. This also applies to sports: many youth hostels offer an extensive range of sports activities that have been developed in conjunction with communities and sports associations. Training can be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Choirs and music groups that want to be creative enjoy using youth hostels for their rehearsal weekends. For more information visit “Groups” at

Excellent quality

All of the youth hostels offer their guests the highest quality. The majority of hostels work on the basis of implemented quality management systems; many also have a certified profile.

Barrier-free Travel

Mobile with a disability

Germany's youth hostels are an experience for everyone - without exception. Anyone with mobility limitations will find attractive holiday opportunities with us. All newer youth hostels are generally wheel-chair accessible. For older hostels: it is best to make enquiries in advance about the facilities and equipment in the youth hostel of your choice. For group stays, we recommend that you come and view the hostel in advance. With an advanced search at (see Interior and Wheelchair) you can find offers "suitable for people who are wheel-chair bound".

Price Conditions

A strong community

In order to be able to take advantage of the complete range of services of the youth hostels in Germany, we recommend becoming a member of a youth hostel association in your own country. It’s worth it: members enjoy many advantages and benefits when travelling worldwide. As a foreign guest you can also spend the night with us for a minimal fee even without an international membership card. You will receive a “welcome stamp” for each overnight stay and when you have collected six “welcome stamps”, you will automatically receive a membership card and can become part of our strong community.

Queries, booking and reservations

A reservation guarantees you accommodation in the youth hostel. And here’s how it works:

  • - You can make a reservation from any location worldwide at
  • - To search for German youth hostels, you can also use Direct reservations can be made by fax, phone or e-mail.
  • - You can spend the night with us starting at 15 €, including breakfast and bed linen.
  • - The youth hostels are generally open the entire year round. Just enquire at the youth hostel of your choice.
  • - We will cook for you! In some youth hostels there are guest kitchens where you can prepare your food yourself.
  • - Usually our guests spend the night in dormitories with other people (separated by gender) However, almost all youth hostels also offer single rooms, double rooms and family rooms.
  • - There are separate showers and rest rooms for men and women.

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German Youth Hostel Association (DJH)

32754 Detmold

Service Phone +49 5231 7401-0
Fax +49 5231 7401-449

Something you can rely on!
For 100 years now, Youth Hostels have represented values that enrich life. For all those who go through life openminded. Who want to experience togetherness, and are eager to get to know the world and other people. Brave – or even adventurous at times. Because confident young people don’t need a corset, they have a backbone of their own. The only time they will twist and bend is for sports, or with laughter. Which is something worth envying. Something precious.