Munich is on everyone’s mind these days thanks to the rise in popularity of Oktoberfest, possibly the biggest and best beer festival in the world! More than six million people attend this event annually, so housing is hard to come by. Whether you go to Munich for a day, or the entire week, it’s important to book ahead!
If you’re on the hunt for somewhere to stay during this world-famous Volksfest, or you’re visiting at any time of the year and looking for something cheap and cheerful, check out our list of some of the best hostels in Munich, where friends, fun and beer-drinking buddies are guaranteed and you can start checking off all the fun things to do in this vibrant city!
Best Hostels in Munich
Travelers consistently put Wombat’s at the top of every “best of” hostel list. Wombat’s has locations in Berlin, Budapest, London, Vienna, and Munich. Prices are significantly higher at the Munich location during the weeks of Oktoberfest, but, as of this writing, there were still beds available at this centrally located hostel.
In addition to a fully-stocked bar and an all-you-can-eat breakfast, Wombat’s has a supply of earplugs, condoms, laundry bags, and flip flops for purchase.
Lockers are available to keep your stuff safe as you play a game of pool or lounge around in a hammock or bean bag in the glass-ceilinged courtyard. If getting out and about is more your style, check out of the day trips and activities offered by the hostel.
The Euro Youth Hotel is conveniently located near the main train station (or “Hauptbahnhof” in downtown Munich. Originally a luxury hotel, the building survived the destruction of WWII and still has some of the ambience of the era with old-timey chandeliers dangling from the season and a creaky staircase leading to the upper floors. But despite it’s old-world atmosphere, the Euro Youth Hotel is known for its comfy, well-kept rooms, well-attended happy hour, and the free high-speed wifi in all the rooms.
3. The Tent
Part campsite, part hostel, this youth-only accommodation is a warm-weather hostel where you can sleep on bunk beds in tents and clean up in shared bathrooms with showers. There’s a cafeteria that serves up breakfast for a small fee and a guest kitchen for foodies who want to cook their own meals. If you’re more of the hang-out-and-drink-your-dinner ilk, there’s a beer garden, too. Laundry facilities and bike rentals are available for guests. Surprisingly, free wifi is available as well.
The HI Munich Park Hostel offers family-friendly accommodations (including a play room for the kiddies) and has handicapped-accessible rooms and facilities. Guests are offered three meals a day and a small on-site bistro has coffee, soft drinks, and snacks. If your little ones are tagging along with you, this hostel is ideal.
The YMCA is an internationally recognized organization that has a newly renovated youth hostel in Munich. Adults can stay at the facility, but are charged a higher price than travelers under 26. Comfortable, modern rooms from twins to quads are equipped with air conditioning, showers, and wifi. The hostel offers a continental breakfast and is close to public transportation. If you’ve already checked out, but you want to hop on the S-Bahn for the day to explore the city, there is a storage room available where you can stash your luggage and head out to take some some spectacular selfies in Marienplatz.
Directly across from the world-famous Augustiner Bräustuben, the Munich location of the Meininger hostel chain is within walking distance of many of the city’s hot spots. The hostel offers the typical amenities like free wifi and bedding, but it also has a guest kitchen, a breakfast buffet, rental bicycles, and allows you to bring your pets! So, if you can’t bear to travel without Fluffy or Fido, be sure to book your shared room or a bed in one of Meininger’s dormitories.
Gspusi is more of an old-school hostel in that bathrooms are communal and meals are not available onsite, but this centrally-located hostel is far from a bare-bones facility. It has the feel of a cabin in the woods with industrial accents and has some great amenities like blackout curtains, hypo-allergenic bedding, and a steam room! Be sure to check out their bar while you’re there.
Jaeger’s also has a steam room…thus it HAS to be one of the best hostels in Munich! Is it just me, or do the hostels in Munich make you want to forego traditional, overpriced hotels for accommodations with laundry facilities, job boards, and book exchanges like you can find at Jaeger’s? This hip hostel caters to travelers on weekend getaways, group vacations, stag nights, and business trips.
The Smart Stay Hostel Munich City is in the heart of downtown, and is one of the best located hostels in Munich. This location is one of three Smart Stays in Munich and one of five in Germany. It offers all of the things you would expect from a hostel chain, like fresh linens, luggage lockers, and free wifi, but its proximity to the center of the city is its biggest draw. The Smart Stay caters to groups and offers discounts through their website.