Fancy being a Lady of the Castle for a night? Joining in a jousting tournament? Taking part in a medieval feast? Youth Hostels make it all possible. Without making old and new contradictory: 38 old castles and stately homes have been transformed into modern Youth Hostels. Behind historic facades, you will often find state-of-the-art interiors, rooms with en-suite showers and toilets, a cosy cafeteria and common rooms that leave nothing to be desired.
Modern accommodation behind ancient walls
Using them as Youth Hostels helps preserve these heritage buildings, some of which are centuries old. Among them are medieval fortresses with battlements and towers, such as Burg Altena or Burg Stahleck/Bacharach (Rhineland-Palatinate). The Saxon Schloss Augustusburg Youth Hostel and the new European Youth Hostel at Colditz Castle dwell in stately homes from the renaissance era. Schloss Ortenberg (Baden Württemberg) or Coburg Youth Hostel (Bavaria) are picture book castles in neo-gothic style. Some of the time-honoured buildings tower high above the city, such as Veitsburg Youth Hostel in Ravensburg (Bavaria). Some of them are located above a river valley, such as Burg Wildenstein Youth Hostel on the Danube or Burg Rothenfels Youth Hostel on the Main. Sometimes they are surrounded by idyllic landscapes, such as Burg Breuberg Youth Hostel (Hesse), sometimes by a moat, such as the Wasserburg Youth Hostel in Heldrungen in Thuringia. Others again are located centrally: Wittenberg Youth Hostel (Saxony-Anhalt) is located in the city palace and Bautzen Youth Hostel (Saxony) in the bastion of the old town fortification.
Many Youth Hostels in historical settings offer exciting programmes with an experiential-education approach for families and groups. In Burg Trausnitz Youth Hostel in Bavaria, for instance, families can book "Time travel to the Middle Ages" or experience "Knight Life in the Castle" at Passau Youth Hostel. In the Wasserburg Youth Hostel in Heldrungen, "A Place for Learning: History" makes the past experiencable for youngsters.