#251: Stay in a Hostel

My hostel bed

My hostel bed

LOCATION: Munich, Germany

This item is part of my Contiki Trip Series.

 Hostels are much widely accepted in Europe than they are here in the States. I’m not exactly sure why that is, because there are backpackers everywhere. I have noticed that here in the States, you have to prove you’re either a student or a foreign traveler to stay at one. Why is that?

I had a few people tell me some horrible things about hostels before. While on my Trek America trip, the Swedish women had stayed in local hostels most of their trip and said nothing but great things about it. I had mixed feelings about what I was going into but felt confident it would all be ok. I knew I wasn’t staying with random strangers in the hostel since we were bunking with our Contiki group, so this was already off to a good start.

My German Hostel

My German Hostel

The hostel was in Munich and was the Haus International Hostel. There, they had security access codes to get to the floors and enforced strict quiet curfew rules. The hallways were long, ominous and creepy looking.

Hostel hallways are creepy

Hostel hallways are creepy

Seeing them made me wonder what kind of history the place has seen. Was it haunted? The rooms we had contained four bunk beds and lockers to house our stuff. In each room was a closet door shower. The shower was weird because it had a water shut off. You would think that the water would run for a minute then shut off, but it seriously stopped after 15 seconds. This made for a difficult time in washing hair since I had to constantly turn the water back on.

Over all my experience with this hostel was great!

*Thank you Shiran for accompanying me on this adventure

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: The place I stayed was nice and seemed really safe. For how cheap it is, I would definitely do this more if given the chance.

Contiki Travel is HIGHLY recommended. I would do this all over again a million times. www.contiki.com

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