All certified family hostels in Germany at a glance

Would you like to be on top of the world? The mountain is calling! There is plenty for you and your children to enjoy together in the open air - either climbing, skiing or simply walking. Have you ever wanted to swap your life for one in a medieval Castle? Here your children can become brave knights, sweet damsels, or little witches. Parents and children can experience an event-filled family holiday all year round in German hostels.

Use your next short break for an exciting trip to one of Germany's major cities. In our hostels you spend your family holiday in the city in a child-friendly environment. Attractions, museums and festivals await you. Discover Munich, Berlin, Hamburg or Cologne with us ... at a fair, family price.

Or perhaps you prefer an outdoor adventure? Why not try our nature adventure camps like Panarbora in the Eifel or our close-to-nature hostels in Sauerland and on the Mosel. Travel inexpensively and have fun together - with your family hostelling holiday you and your children can have thrilling adventures. With us it is easy both to search for your favorite hostel online and to make reservations.

Certification as a "family hostel"

Families are welcome in all 450 hostels in Germany! More than 120 of our hostels that are certified as particularly family-friendly also meet defined standards. For example, they offer for our youngest guests:

Free cots, changing mats and high chairs

Facilities for warming baby food

Baby monitor

Power socket safety covers

Play areas and games indoors and outdoors

Discover all 450 hostels in Germany!


Strict seating arrangements, dull conversations, and no room for fun or an adventure? Not with us! Youth Hostels are neither just for adults nor only for kids. In Youth Hostels, community spirit comes to life for everyone – we have been #differentthanyouexpect for almost 111 years now! In Youth Hostels, your social or cultural background doesn’t matter. They are for everyone who feels compelled by our values: tolerance, inclusion, international understanding and open-mindedness. We bring these values to life in the roughly 450 Youth Hostels across Germany every day, out of conviction and in the most creative ways. Some Youth Hostels are even certified as especially “family-friendly” hostels and offer large and small families a whole range of special features, such as stays in family rooms or meals that are suitable for children. And what about the parents? They can relax, knowing that their kids can run and play safely in the Youth Hostel’s leisure areas and sports grounds. Your stay in one of the German Youth Hostel Association’s hostels is rounded off with an array of individual travel arrangements and programmes that make for memorable experiences and great entertainment – be it a bonfire night in the great outdoors or a joint outing to the climbing arena. Curious?

What we provide for families

On request you can stay in a family room with child-friendly facilities, from high chairs and cots to bottle warmers. In many locations, we offer special recreational activities for children. On the playgrounds and in the play areas your children will soon find friends for their holiday. You will be amazed how well they get on with children from many different countries and how they find ways of communicating, even with their hands and feet if necessary. The menus in our youth hostels, too, are designed with our small guests in mind.

Special programmes for family holidays

Our hostels offer a wide variety of programmes for your family vacation, also specially for single parents with children or for groups of several families. For example, choose between creative workshops, sporting activities, or wellness, theme and adventure packages, and language courses. At the same time it is possible both to book a complete programme, for example suitable for specific age groups for children, and to take advantage of seasonal components (Easter, New Year, Halloween, ...).
And for those who want to plan their leisure activities themselves, our website has lots of advice and information for their family vacation. Our on-site staff are happy to help you with questions about organising your activities. Talk to us. We look forward to meeting you!

This is what the family rooms in our hostels look like: