The big "B" and Berlin hostels

Why you have to visit Berlin...

In an international survey tourists voted Berlin the most popular city in Germany. What’s its secret?

Since the reunion Berlin developed itself. Offices, malls and hotels were built, art and culture flourished and Berlin became capital. The parliament sits in the German Reichstag, the biggest assembly room of Europe. The city is colourful and trendy, chic and beautiful, inspiring and multicultural and most of it international.

Nothing is impossible: the highest building of Germany (TV tower), the biggest shopping mall of the continent (KaDeWe), the largest universal museum in the world (Museum Island). Furthermore there is the largest Open Air Gallery in the world: 1.3 km of the Berlin Wall are still existing, painted with graffiti, named East Side Gallery. The unique museum of Contemporary Trash Art is located in Berlin as well. Beside expensive shopping malls visitors can rummage in individual scene shops or at flea markets. There are diverse cafés and pubs, the restaurants offer dishes from all over the world. At the chocolate house visitors can see how their own chocolate with an individual taste is made. Playing minigolf in black light connects arts and sports.

All the sights can be reached by public transport 24/7. Whoever hops on line 100 gets a sightseeing tour for small budget. A view out of the window shows how green the city even with 3.5 million inhabitants is. Many parks like the “Tiergarten” and some rivers are an oasis of calm.

Youth hostels: the best places to stay in Berlin

The Youth Hostel Berlin International is located on the grass but also in the centre of the capital. People from all over the world meet here to get fascinated by the metropolis of Berlin. Guests can join city tours in German, English or Spanish for free. What about a boat tour on the Spree? End your exciting day relaxed at the barbecue area or the 24 hour bar of the Youth Hostel. Other ones just start then. The nightlife-scouts of the Youth Hostel show the guests the most famous and fancy clubs and even the insider tips of the colourful scene.

New Youth Hostel in Berlin Friedrichshain

The new Youth Hostel Berlin Ostkreuz offers modern, state-of-the-art amenities and will welcome visitors to Berlin: especially families, school classes and groups. The hostel has 445 beds. All rooms have en-suite showers and toilets. Ostkreuz is ideally suited for wheel chairs and guests with restricted mobility. It is Berlin’s fourth hostel and the largest one run by the DJH. The good transport connections make the city’s many attractions easily and quickly accessible.

All in all there are three Youth Hostels located in Berlin. You’ll find a quiet and romantic place at the Youth Hostel “Am Wannsee”, located at the shore of a lake.

Berlin - starting from Berlin Ostkreuz Youth Hostel

The German capital is an extraordinary metropolis and an unmissable destination during a trip in Germany. It may be the charm of the history that divided then reunited this unique city, but spending a few days in this location will be an unforgettable experience.

A perfect place to start your visit to Berlin is certainly the Jugenherberge Berlin Ostkreuz. The hostel is located not far from one of the main stations, Ostkreuz, a traffic hub between trains and the S-Bahn underground.

You enter an elegant red brick building in a beautiful neighborhood, with an outdoor space at the back and playground. It seems to take a step back in time by crossing the wooden door of this hostel. But it's a matter of a moment - everything is fresh and modern inside. The reception, the bar with lounge, the extraordinary games room near the dining area, a contemporary atmosphere with a vintage touch. In the room, there is a large space for the whole family, a nice bathroom and the spectacular trains, absolutely silent, that parade in the distance in front of the window. In front of the hostel, there is also a very useful shopping mall!

Just a few subway stops from Jugenherberge Berlin Ostkreuz and you will arrive in the city centre; Alexanderplatz deserves its first stop. It is a bit of a vital hub for Berlin and the most important point in the East. The large Television Tower behind, the trains that roll over the raised with the neon inscription, while below, protected by the iron bridge, a gospel choir or a new rock band performs for an enthusiastic audience, even if in a hurry. This place has a unique atmosphere, all worth living in, not to be missed during a visit to the city.

Berlin has attractions such as Madame Tussauds, with full-scale wax reproductions by artists and famous people, the must-see Video Game Museum, more traditional exhibitions on the Museum Island or simply the Englisher Garten with its beautiful Chinese pagoda and the classic beer garden. If you want summer in winter, take the train to the Ostkreuz station and arrive in about 30 minutes on the Tropical Island, a huge water park inside an airship hangar.

Berlin fascinates visitors and DJH Ostkreuz is the best hostel in the city.

Fabio Sonce, Travel-Blogger from Italy