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Bavarian Cities: a journey from the middle ages to the present day

Bavaria is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of the country, which is known for its towering mountains and clear blue lakes, as well as towns and cities full of magnificent buildings and squares steeped in history. Spring is an ideal time for a trip to Bavaria. Café terraces start to get busy, sun worshippers relax in parks and people gather in the many famous beer gardens. Whether you plan to visit the cosmopolitan city of Munich, Würzburg on the river Main, picturesque Rothenburg ob der Tauber or the medieval city of Regensburg on the Danube, they all offer heaps of history, culture and sports and radiate with “joie de vivre”. Hostelling International would like to recommend some of  the most attractive Bavarian destinations with centrally located youth hostels, ideal for exploring these beautiful cities.


munich2Take your time and discover Munich at your own pace. Stroll along the canal from Nymphenburg Castle, through the relaxed district of Neuhausen, towards the city centre and the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady). In central Munich you’ll find plenty of shops to explore and when you struggle with all your shopping bags and need a break head for the Englische Garten (English Garden) and the Eisbach stream. Munich is great for art lovers and techies alike. Museums and art galleries thrive from the new and old Pinakothek, BMW Museum, Deutsches Museum and many more. Munich offers vibrant and varied nightlife with trendy bars, clubs and plenty of festivals. The festival season starts in spring with the Auer Dult fair and concludes in the annual Oktoberfest when locals slip into their “Dirndl” dresses and “Lederhosen” for the world’s largest festival. Whatever your plans, München-City and München-Park youth hostels offer the perfect accommodation for a city break in the Bavarian capital, from only €25.60 per person/per night, breakfast included.


Located on the river Main in the heart of the Franconian wine region, the university city of Würzburg boasts lots of flamboyant charm. The youth hostel is housed in a historic building; in fact it was the old women’s prison below Marienberg fortress, which offers great views of the Main valley. Explore the prince-bishop’s baroque residence in the city centre or take part in Europe’s largest Africa festival in June. All year round you can enjoy a variety of plays at the Mainfranken Theater and Würzburg’s many independent theatres. At Würzburg youth hostel you can enjoy one night, including breakfast, from €20.80 per person.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

dotm-bv-rothenburg - BavariaLocated an hour from Würzburg, on Germany’s Romantic Road, idyllic Rothenburg ob der Tauber with its historic half-timbered houses is the essence of a medieval town. Take a trip into the past, wander through the narrow, cobbled streets and you’ll hardly ever be disturbed by any traffic noise. The youth hostel is located in the historic town centre, an ideal base for sightseeing and discovering all those quaint little turrets and bay windows. Rothenburg youth hostel offers accommodation in a central location with breakfast included from €21.40 per person/per night.


dotm-bv-regensburg BavariaFurther south, Regensburg is another medieval gem. Once a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a modern university and the highest density of bars and pubs in Germany! Sightseeing and partying makes the ideal combination for an exciting weekend away! An absolute must is to try a “Bratwurst” from Wurstkuchl, Germany’s oldest sausage grill restaurant, situated on the banks of the Danube next to the historic stone bridge. Strolling along the river, watch the boats go by or hop on for a trip to the Danube Gorge at Kelheim.Regensburg is a modern city with a fun, relaxed atmosphere and the Regensburg youth hostel accommodation prices will make you smile: one night with breakfast included from just €21.00 per person! To experience all that Bavaria has to offer check out our full list of hostels in Bavaria and make your hostel booking today!

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