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1. Posted by Chaucer (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

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Hello! I'm going round Europe by train for the first time this summer with a group of friends and I would really appreciate some advice on booking hostels. I'm going to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Milan, Bern and Paris (as a basic plan). There's six of us in total so would booking all the hostels in advance be the best or could we get away with finding accomadation when we arrive. We're on quite a tight a budget but also want to be able to be flexible. Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks alot! :)

2. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

If you know exactly where and when you're going then you can book them all in advance and you'll be fine, I'd certainly book them before you arrive in those cities as it's a bit of a hassle trying to do it when you get there and Amsterdam in particular can be quite tricky to find a spot in the good hostels in the busy season (particularly if there are 6 of you). If you go to Bern then Bern Backpackers is a very nice hostel right in the center of the old town -

3. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 10y

Youth Hostels will expect you to be members, that doesn't cost much and they sometimes have the benefit of being flexible about booking ahead to the next place you are going to. I would check all that out before you travel.
Booking before you travel is always good during the summer season, if you know exactly when you will be at each city on your trip.
The best I can offer is a number of web sites for you to browse through, after that please get back to me if there is anything further you think I can help with.

Enjoy the planning and then you will be able to enjoy the trip. ;)

4. Posted by sdaltrey (Budding Member 68 posts) 10y


Which ever part of Europe you go to in July or August it´s gonna be the peak season and pretty busy. However you can always find hostel bed for 1 or 2 poeple, but you will struggle to find 6 beds if you don´t book up beforehand. So it´s either book before or you could split up and stay in different hostels if there´s not enough beds at the last minute.

When I´m stuck for places to stay I sometimes use they charge a bit of comission when booking but at the least you can use it to check current availability and prices in a town.

Also there´s Hostelling International which have large (not so cool or backpacky) hostels all over Europe. You can join beforehand or collect stamps to join after about a weeks stay in hostels, then you get discounts.

Hope you enjoy the trip,


5. Posted by c.o.girl (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Last year I stayed 4 nights in Hostel Traveller`s Dlouha It is good hostel in the centre of Prague and from there everything is available by foot.
Have a great time

6. Posted by Rish_n_Ben (Full Member 32 posts) 10y

That time of year it is pretty busy so booking ahead is probably the best idea. You can always just call ahead a few days before if you want to keep yourself flexible. You will always find that they speak English at the hostel so that wont be a problem, I have heard stories of online booking not going through properly especially in peak season. But you can always get on hostelworld or gomio and check availability it generally gives you an idea of what places are totally booked out before you go making calls.

good luck

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Booking in advance is strongly recommended in summer; Berlin is not so much of a problem, but Amsterdam, Paris and Milan lodging tends to fill up pretty quickly.

In Amsterdam, avoid Brinker's and the Flying Pig, unless you're an 18-year-old that wants to drink till he drops, only to be disturbed in those activities by the continuous shagging in the bunks next to your own. It's more than terrible. In Berlin, I can recommend the BaxPax hostel, which is quiet, clean, and in the middle of Kreuzberg which is a very nice district for going out.

Niels (Amsterdam)

8. Posted by chicsheep (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I would book ahead. A couple of cities we visited had popular concerts while we were there (Rolling Stones in Bergen and Metallica in Tallinn), and everything was booked up. I would do it just in case.

9. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 10y

Quoting c.o.girl

Last year I stayed 4 nights in Hostel Traveller`s Dlouha It is good hostel in the centre of Prague and from there everything is available by foot.
Have a great time

Location of the hostel is great but the service is terrible there.

As for Berlin, I'd highly recommend the Circus Hostel.