Leipzig’s buzzing arts scene has made it a top hostel destination for European twenty-somethings. Rising from the industrial ashes of the Cold War, the East German city is an urban phoenix, attracting artists and travellers from all over Europe. Best known as the Stadt der Helden (City of Heroes) for its crucial role in the 1989 ‘Peaceful Revolution’, Leipzig has thrown off the shackles of the Iron Curtain and is now rivalling Berlin as the coolest city in Germany.
The ‘city of short distances’ makes for a brilliant night out, as there is no enforced closing time for pubs and restaurants. With its roaring student atmosphere and post-industrial architecture, Leipzig’s vintage bars and galleries are inter-connected and easily accessible on foot.
Appealing to hipsters, culture lovers and travellers, Leipzig is one of Europe’s must-see destinations and has an impressive range of designer hostels available.
1. Ost-Apotheke Hostel, Leipzig, Germany
Conceived and designed by bohemian artists, the Ost-Apotheke Hostel forms part of a romantic Art Nouveau building and is run by young creatives. Capturing the creative spirit of Leipzig, the art-collective has a special Kelim Room, which is a private space for up to three people and has four bunk beds in the huge dormitory. Wonderfully spacious and with a ‘hang out’ atmosphere, many travellers would gladly give up their homes to live there.
2. Hostel Unschlagbar, Leipzig, Germany
Stylish and exuberant by nature, this designer hostel is situated in the south of Leipzig and has been aesthetically designed to appeal to the modern flashbacker. Reflecting our contemporary love of art and design, the German hostel is popular with trendy backpackers. With its smart rooms and convenient location, Hostel Unschlagbar is the perfect starting point for a big night out in Liepzig.
3. Sleepy Lion Hostel, Leipzig, Germany
Situated just a few minutes away from the nearby Stasi Museum, the Sleepy Lion Hostel has a brilliant location and unlike its furtive neighbour it’s certainly not a secret. Exceptionally clean and with an international atmosphere, the trendy hostel is only moments away from Leipzig’s pulsating bar and club scene.
4. A&O Leipzig Hauptbahnhof*
Residing inside a former post office building, the A&O Leipzig Hauptbahnhof has a boutique charm and is the perfect choice for the designer traveller. Grandiose by nature, the historic building has lost none of its charm in the twenty-first century. With its luxury fittings and central location, the new Wi-Fi friendly hostel is a stylish place to crash while partying in Leipzig.
*15% discount for HostelsClub.com Membership Card holders (3 nights minimum)