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Youth Hostel Heldrungen

195 Ratings

"Wasserburg" History Learning Hostel

Youth Hostel

"Wasserburg" History Learning Hostel


Heldrungen's Wasserburg ("Water Castle") is the only fully preserved, French-style fortified castle of its kind in Germany and dates back to the 12th century. Nowadays there is a Youth Hostel at the Wasserburg, with a special focus on learning about history. If you want to take a trip to the Middle Ages, you've come to the right place. An interactive journey of discovery back to the days of knights, castles and the German Peasants' War means there will be no time for boredom.

Heldrungen Youth Hostel: Spend the night in a castle    

Because of its sturdy fortification, the moated castle of Heldrungen in the North of the State of Thüringen was once believed to be invulnerable. Today, thousands of people occupy the historical building every year, as it now houses a newly refurbished youth hostel.
Once a year a colourful camp scene is reminiscent of the days when the castle and the separate ring of fortifications were erected: craftsmen and tradesmen, minstrels and travelling entertainers take up abode between the moats, bastions and turrets. Furthermore, the Medieval market on the 24th and 25th of September 2016 will take visitors back centuries.  

The first mention of the building was found in a document dating back to the year 1217. The moated castle that still remains today was built between 1512 and 1519 and is the only fully preserved monument in Germany built in the French architectural style. The bastions are arranged in the geometric pattern typical for the Renaissance period in France. A characteristic feature of Heldrungen is the so-called outwork, which, in Heldrungen, is filled with water. In order to prevent deterioration and to preserve their authentic appearance, the buildings have been restored and renovated several times.  

The youth hostel moved into the moated castle 40 years ago, and is equally popular amongst school classes, families and seminar groups. The North and South Wing of the castle have recently been renovated so that guests can continue to enjoy high standards. The regulations for the preservation of historical buildings and monuments were also taken into account, and although construction work went on for 5 years, the youth hostel remained open without interruption. Now the hostel is able to house 142 guests; twice as many as before. Pleasant colours, wooden furnishings and an agreeable overall impression create an appealing atmosphere.  

Heldrungen lies in the South Harz, near Erfurt and Bad Frankenhausen, and belongs to the natural park Kyffhäuser. Countless hiking trails cross through the uplands; the beech forest is a retreat for wild cats, and in the autumn thousands of cranes rest here on their journey south. Mines, churches, monasteries and historical parks are some of the many attractions of this region full of cultural monuments.


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Guest services
  • Spoken languages:
  • WIFI
For families
  • playground
For families
  • playground
  • BBQ area
  • campfire site
  • playground and lawn
  • BBQ area
  • campfire site
  • playground and lawn


Room equipment


Room Floor space
Max. number of participants
  • cinema
  • parliament
  • block
  • U-shaped block
    U-shaped block
  • circle
Floor Rent per day off
Magazin 279 sqm 130 70 - - - GF upon request
Rittersaal 91 sqm 50 40 - - - GF upon request
Naturraum 50 sqm 25 20 15 15 - GF upon request
Magazin OG / Raum 1 88 sqm 20 - 15 15 - AF upon request
Magazin OG / Raum 2 114 sqm 40 25 15 15 - AF upon request

Conference equipment

flip chart, magnetic board, microphone system, overhead projector, projector, screen, TV set, video recorder

Location and arrival

Town centre: 0.5 km -
Bus: Heldrungen-Stadt / Linien 501, 509, 520 (0.5 km)
Railway station: Heldrungen (3 km)
Airport: Erfurt (60 km)

The house is open 7.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.

The reception is open 4.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Check-in 4.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Open all year except

20. Aug 2023 - 27. Aug 2023, 26. Oct 2023 - 29. Oct 2023, 03. Nov 2023 - 05. Nov 2023, 16. Nov 2023 - 19. Nov 2023, 01. Dec 2023 - 03. Dec 2023, 18. Dec 2023 - 03. Jan 2024


Youth Hostel Heldrungen

"Wasserburg" History Learning Hostel

Schloßstraße 13 · 06577 Heldrungen

Management: Ralf Straßburg

Tel. +49 3643 850001-15 · heldrungen@jugendherberge.de


DJH-Service-Center Thüringen

Carl-August-Allee 13

99423 Weimar

Ratings from our guests

Superb 4.8 of 5
based on
195 Customer ratings
The evaluation is based on costumer ratings during the past months.

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