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Good hostels in Frankfurt, Prague, Berlin, Brugge,please.

Good hostels in Frankfurt, Prague, Berlin, Brugge,please.

Dec 11th, 2007, 05:00 PM
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Good hostels in Frankfurt, Prague, Berlin, Brugge,please.

Sending grandson to Europe this winter...he's doing his research but whatever any expereinced Fodorite can can recommened under this topic will be greatly appreciated.

The budget calls for around $20-30...places near city centers, he's "training" throughout with a eurail pass. He's 27 and is finally collecting on his college graduation present (graduated Univ. of Oregon in '02, been teaching English in China, and working in California and Oregon and is getting his teacher's credential this spring.

He and girlfriend split and he's looking forward to getting away for a month. One real good guy..quite mature.
we love him...
Thank you all in advance..he's leaving on the 17th of this month.
Feel that offseason shold allow him to check in most places on the spot.

Stu T.
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Dec 11th, 2007, 05:20 PM
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consider also staying in private rooms (zimmer frei in german countries). They can be as cheap as hostels yet are private and come with a good breakfast.

For such a trip in Germany, see Bavaria ben's latest trip www.billsbauernhof.com
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Dec 12th, 2007, 01:05 AM
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The "Ostel" in Berlin is a fairly new place that lets him get a feeling of what hotels in the former GDR looked like. No worries, only the interior decorating reflects that era. Bunk beds in a 6 bed room are €9 per night.

A&O hostels is a chain with locations in Berlin, Prague, and other cities:

In general, each major train stations has these kind of hostels nearby, and you can hardly miss their billboard ads in the stations. Many offer different levels of standards, so he can either choose a cheap dorm or a bit more "luxurious" single room w/ own bath.

Private rooms (or "Zimmer frei") are not as common in the major cities the OP mentioned than in rural Germany or small towns/ villages. By the way, "Zimmer frei" means nothing more than "vacancy" or "rooms available" ;-)
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Dec 12th, 2007, 06:20 AM
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Get him a copy of Let's Go Europe which has the best coverage of hostels and budget travel for young travelers i've seen. Lists and critics dozens of hostels in hundreds of cities. Written and research by college students. At any bookstore
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Dec 12th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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Thank you all....already got him Let's Go..great idea...appreciate your help, everyone..

Stu T.
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Dec 12th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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That budget's a little low (13-20 euro) imo even for a bunk in a dorm when you're talking about city centers in major European cities.
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The Circus Hostel in Berlin is great- http://www.circus-berlin.de/. I stayed there a few years back with my best friend, and we had a great time. It has a cute little cafe inside, internet & computers, it's near everything, and we felt completely safe (two single girls traveling together). And it is very budget friendly. We stayed in a four-person room, and had no problems. It was also a great way to meet people, which might be nice for your grandson if he's traveling solo.

In Prague, we stayed at another hostel called Sir Toby's- http://www.sirtobys.com/. It was charming, but definitely a bit older in style than the Berlin hostel. The woman at the front was an American, so she was quite helpful when we were trying to figure out where to go. And again, we met some great people.

Best of luck to your grandson--I'm jealous of his trip. And as a college counselor, I love that he went to U of O... that's a wonderful college!

~ Kyle
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Dec 12th, 2007, 10:48 AM
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Dec 12th, 2007, 07:02 PM
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Thanks again...fodorites always come through..

Kylie..I will add the Circus and Sir Toby's for him to look at..thanks

Stu (graduated U of O in '2002...was even born in Eugene but moved to California at an early age).
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