Celebrating Germany’s unique eco hostelling journey
Social, cultural & ecological
Our friends at the German Youth Hostelling Association (DJH) have been championing sustainable development for the past 25 years. Now celebrating their green anniversary, they take us on a journey back through their model projects and the eco legacy that their Environmental Youth Hostels leave for young travellers.
First model projects
In the mid 1980’s, topics like waste prevention and climate protection were a main goal for hostels. It quickly became clear that climate education for a new generation of travellers had to be more than a few practical climate protection skills. So with the end of the ’80s, a set standard for “Environmental Youth Hostels” developed. Today,19 DJH youth hostels in Germany have been awarded this green standard. With their outstanding, continuously evolving programs, they promote and develop climate friendliness, and encourage social responsibility by being energy efficient, championing healthy eating, growing or providing organic food, holding educational programs as well as conservation of natural resources and regional involvement.
The hostel movement has taken a leading role when it comes to looking after our planet and changing the future of travel into a sustainable one. Hostels in Germany have been protecting the environment across the spectrum, from anti-bullying campaigns to installing regenerative energy – like thermal power stations and solar plants.
Here are just a few big highlights for eco hostelling in Germany over the past two decades:
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Pick an eco-hostel in Germany:
DJH rate their hostels according to their ‘index of sustainability’, a concept designed to measure their hostels’ eco friendliness:
Check out the list of quality, eco-certified hostels in Germany here.
Keen to get involved with our eco tourism efforts? Read more about our projects and volunteering opportunities here.