Welcome to the Sauerland!

to Brilon Environmental|Youth Hostel

... Germany's first carbon-neutral accommodation for young people!
Nestled amongst the scenic highlights of the Hochsauerland, Brilon Youth Hostel offers even more than mountains, woods and water. Our in-house, indoor climbing facilities, Family|Youth Hostel certification and sustainable overall concept that has been awarded four times in a row by UNESCO as part of the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" project, are just a few examples.
Whether you want to go hiking, biking, swimming, playing golf, skiing, climbing or just fancy unwinding, the Youth Hostel offers the ideal backdrop for your relaxing trip.
We get our guests excited for the future - and we look forward to welcoming you!
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Opening hours
The reception is open

8.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

3.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.


3.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Closing time

Prices 2022

B&B from Half board from Full board from
€ 28.90 € 36.90 € 43.40

Prices 2023

B&B from Half board from Full board from
€ 31.20 € 40.10 € 47.40

Located some 2.5 km south of the town centre next to the golf course.

The Youth Hostel is equipped wih 176 beds, spread across 47 rooms on 12 halls, with between 1 and 6 beds. Each room is equipped with a wash-hand basin, 7 of our rooms are also equipped with a shower and WC and are primarily available for families, persons travelling alone and accompanying parties.
Our 6 day rooms, with space for 18-42 people, are available to guests as common/dining rooms. Here you can enjoy social evenings, or perhaps hold rehearsals or seminars. This is also where come to eat. Our reading room is another area where group leaders and individual guests can relax.

Room Floor space
Max. number of participants
  • cinema
  • parliament
  • block
  • U-shaped block
    U-shaped block
  • circle
Floor Rent per day off
Bienenwabe 52.76 sqm 42 - - - - - upon request
Mauseloch 20.25 sqm 16 - - - - - upon request
Baumhöhle 44.05 sqm 32 - - - - - upon request
Spinnennetz 44.05 sqm 48 - - - - - upon request
Schneckenhaus 26.06 sqm 25 - - - - - upon request
Fuchsbau 43.48 sqm 28 - - - - - upon request
Conference equipment

digital camera, DVD player, overhead projector, PC workstation, projector, slide projector, TV set, video recorder

There's so much to discover!

In Brilon, the "town of the forest", you're sure to feel at home! The old town is a real treat with its black-and-white half-timbered buildings, and so is the town museum; there are also plenty more leisure activities in the Youth Hostel's direct vicinity: Hikers are certain to get their money's worth. The Rothaarsteig Trail begins in Brilon, stretching for 154 km across the Rothaargebirge all the way to Dillenburg. What's more, the Sauerland "Waldroute" ("Forest Route") passes near the Youth Hostel, a hiking trail winding 240 km from Iserlohn to Marsberg. At 49 km, the Brilon "Kammweg" ("Ridge Route") is another highlight for walkers. It is a designated quality route of the "Wanderbares Deutschland" ("WANDERful Germany") website and part of the Sauerland Bergwanderpark. For day trips we recommend the Youth Hostel's "Discovering the Climate and Landscape - Into the eye of Cyclone Kyrill" hiking rally, or instead the cultural and historical tour "Meiler Wälle Wüstungen" ("Furnaces, Ramparts, Deserted Villages"). If you fancy something really exciting, then try one of the Brilon GPS tours. You're required to work out the unknown route using clues and a GPS device.
The varied network of the Bike Arena Sauerland has just the right route for every cyclist. The Alme Cycle Route is especially good for riverside cycle tours. It begins in Brilon and leads along the Alme, from its source to its mouth in the Paderborner Land.
The nearby open-air woodland pool at Gudenhagen is one place where guests can go for a relaxing dip. Lake Diemel is also great, offering boat rides and bathing, while Lake Messinghausen is perfect for divers.

So much to see:

Brilon is an excellent starting point for day trips to the surrounding region. The following is a list of some of the sightseeing destinations we recommend. We would be happy to advise you as to which destination is best suited to your plans.

"Bruchhauser Steine" rock formation - Older than the dinosaurs
The Bruchhauser Steine are four volcanic rocks that are around 380 million years old, situated in a nature conservation area with an information centre. The Feldstein, the highest of these volcanic blocks, can be climbed. At 756 m above sea level, you'll be treated to a great panoramic view of the Sauerland.

"Kilianstollen" visitors' mine
"Kilianstollen" visitors' mine in Marsberg informs guests about the tradition of copper mining, which stretches back a thousand years. Visitors can travel inside on the mine railway; once underground, hear about what used to happen here and the miners' working conditions.

Sauerland visitors' mine in Ramsbeck
At the Sauerland visitors' mine, visitors are first dressed in the right protective gear before going on a fantastic voyage of discovery. Then it's time to take the mine railway 1.5 km inside the rock. Around 300 m below ground, Visitors gain an insight into the old working world of the ore miners.

"Bilsteinhöhle" cave system in Warstein
Discover one of Germany's most important stalactite caves in Warstein's Bilstein Valley. Visitors can learn the difference between stalagmites and stalactites, and after seeing the caves visit the neighbouring wildlife park.

Marsberg-Meerhof nature trail
Stretching for 3.5 km in the Egge Hills / Southern Teutoburg Forest Nature Park, this circular route brings the forest's ecosystem to life. There are 24 different sections where you need to get involved, by looking, listening, or moving or touching something in order to explore different woodland habitats.

Alme springs in the Mühlental
The Mühlental area boasts virtually unrivalled beauty and is a nature reserve. With more than 100 individual tributaries, the Alme springs are also among the strongest and cleanest springs in Germany.

Aqua Olsberg
With a recreational pool, saltwater pool and woodland sauna, Aqua Olsberg is ideal for all those who love a dip, offering a healthy way to relax, exercise, have fun and feel great all under one roof. More information about the recreational pool centre at www.aquaolsberg.de

Fort Fun adventure park
Fort Fun adventure park in Bestwig/Wasserfall is packed with around 40 attractions, including rollercoasters, water rides and rides to get you in a spin and swinging.

Willingen World of Leisure
At Willingen World of Leisure visitors will find fun activities such as a summer toboggan run, wildlife and recreational park, adventure golf and the Lagunenbad Adventure Pools. In winter, attractions like an ice rink, world cup ski jump and numerous ski slopes are a real must.

Winterberg "Ferienwelt" ("Holiday World")
Winterberg is packed with attractions. Among other exciting activities, guests can enjoy the panorama bridge, summer toboggan run, woodland climbing, world cup bobsleigh track and ski carousel with descents for all levels.