Last year when we went to Germany for the first time we stayed at this crazy cool hostel. I wrote about the whole stigma that hostels might have had in the past, but today I wanted revisit just why exactly this hostel is so wonderful. We stayed there again last week while en route to Prague and were not disappointed. It’s a budget/kid/family friendly place in an absolutely gorgeous setting.
Surrounding the center of Nuremberg, there is an old city wall which dates back hundreds of years. In March of 2013, part of the castle was completely renovated and reopened as part of a Hostelling International hostel. On first impression, it is HUGE. The enormous orange sloping roof with dormered windows and a great oval door welcome you inside to what you can only imagine a modern-day castle might resemble.
Aside from the impressive cobbled exterior, the inside of the hostel itself is modern, warm and comfortable. Not exactly something you would think about when you hear the word ‘castle’!
Having this cool of a bar in their lobby is just one of the reasons I like this place so much. Open until 10pm, you can hang out and relax while the kids run up and down the hall or play in the lounge area. The front desk has board games and there’s plenty of room to stretch out after a long day of exploring the city.
Last year we stayed in a room with the two bunk beds and requested cribs for the twins. It was a tight fit- but worked out well as there is a lot of storage space along the walls, and we used one of the bunks to stash the bags. This time around- we were treated by having Grandma along. She hosted a sleep over in her room with ALL of the boys. Her room had one bunk bed and two twin beds which we pushed together for the twins.
B slept on the bottom bunk and Grandma kept watch from the top. Their room was a larger family room, and my husband and I were lucky enough to have an uninterrupted night a few doors down in a traditional bunk room. Our room had an interesting wooden terrace.
A total bonus, the in suite bathrooms are pristine. Clean, tiled, modern showers and sinks are so refreshing! I’ve been in many a hotel room without such a nice vanity area.
Going back a year later, I was impressed that the hostel felt as new as it was when it opened. It’s a pleasure to have a ‘go to’ place when traveling that’s easy on the budget and something that you might not experience everyday. The kids want to go back again, and I have to admit, so do I!
We paid around €100 euros for the two rooms total for the night which included breakfast. For a very minimal cost (under €10) you can opt to dine for dinner.
The boys were highly disappointed that we arrived too late to eat for the evening- but made due by walking just over the bridge to a very intriguing restaurant/pub around the corner. I can’t seem to find the name of it- but something about ‘Hex House’. It’s cozy and quaint with authentic local food. I was glad we went- everything was delicious and the service was extremely friendly.
- Linens for the beds were included, but not towels. Make sure to bring your own bath & hand towels. I’m not sure if they offer them for a fee at the front desk, so make sure to ask when making your reservation.
- Just ask if you need a crib! The ones we used last year were new, safe, wooden cribs on wheels.
- Prepare yourself for kids! This is a family friendly hostel-if you don’t like to be around the small folks, this might not be the place for you. As a mother, this hostel is a dream come true as we feel free to be us and not get dirty looks from those less fond of little ones.
- High season this hostel books up quickly! We saw groups of students there a year ago, but this time many rooms were available. Be sure to plan in advance and secure a spot.
- They’ll gladly hold your bags for you in a luggage room if you have to check out but still have sightseeing to do.
- The bathrooms by the lounge have a wonderful baby changing area in the handicapped restroom.
- You can park out front to check in, but will have to locate street parking during your stay.
You can find the direct link to the Hostelling International hostel here.