So you’ve always wanted to travel Europe, but unfortunately, you weren’t born into a trust fund. And while you appreciate living vicariously through your Instagram feed, you don’t just want to go to the Colosseum and the Tower of London and the Eiffel Tower; you want to see all of Europe—the lives and culture outside of the big cities. Well, you’re in luck! Here we’ve compiled some of the best hostels throughout Europe that can be jumping-off points for your vacation. These places will help you get away without giving up your budget or your dreams of exploring! So, get ready; after this, all you’ll need is a plane ticket!

Castle Rock Hostel, Edinburgh

You may not get to stay in Edinburgh castle, but there’s no place better to stay than in direct view of the castle at Castle Rock Hostel. Beyond the perfect location, the hostel is part of a fun pub life and hosts ceildh socials that will help you truly experience the culture of Scotland. It is not a place you want to skip!

Classic Grand Hostel, Berlin

Considered one of the best hostels in Germany, the Classic Grand Hostel Berlin should definitely be on your list of places to stay! It’s located within perfect walking distance of many major tourist attractions and an exciting night life. The building itself is over one hundred years old, but it manages to combine beautiful old architecture with modern renovations. It has hotel-like amenities that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to start your day touring Berlin—maybe you’ll even plan your day from the hostel terrace. 

The 3 Ducks Hostel, Paris

Photo by Martin Le Roy

Photo by Martin Le Roy (License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

This hostel offers the perfect mix of history and modernity. In the 1700s, it was a coaching inn, and in 1987 it became the oldest hostel in France. Today, after extensive renovations, this hostel has a fresh and funky feel, along with extensive amenities ranging from free breakfast and Wi-Fi to a beautiful terrace, all of which has gained it an international reputation. And to top it off, it is located within a 15-minute walk of the Eiffel Tower. This hostel truly offers all that you could possibly need when stopping
in Paris. 

Generator, Copenhagen

This hostel is right next to the largest square in the city, leaving you to explore every inch on foot and then come back to a comfortable and clean place to rest. The modern, updated accommodations will leave you feeling like you’re in a five-star hotel, regardless of the rooming options you choose. And if you are too tired to keep exploring at night, the hostel offers a bar and lounge that allows you to enjoy Copenhagen’s social life without having to travel any farther. 

Kex Hostel, Reykjavik

Kex Hostel will give you the modern edge you want while still being in a place with plenty of outdoor adventures to find. The hostel perfectly captures the personality of the Icelandic capital with cozy and stylish accommodations. You can watch the water just outside the hostel, or read a book in the hostel’s comfy library—or in one of the quaint cafes right next door. And if you are feeling uncertain of where to go explore in Iceland, the hostel can help you find ideal excursions programs that will pick you up right at their door. This hostel has everything you need to enjoy Iceland, at a truly affordable price for the expensive island. 

We hope this overview has you running to book your tickets. Creating your travel agenda doesn’t have to break the bank, as long as you play it smart.

—Makayla Beitler