House rules for youth hostels

Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk wishes all guests a pleasant and memorable stay in its youth hostels! Our guests are not only presented with a wealth of opportunities to meet people but also interact with people of divergent age groups and cultures. Such people often have unique habits, behavioural characteristics and requirements. The youth hostels have house rules that are intended to help cater to the differing requirements and to facilitate a stress-free stay. The following house rules thus require compliance by all guests. Group leaders and teachers are responsible for their groups.


If you are registered, you may arrange your time of arrival with hostel management. Approved places will be reserved until 6.00 P.M. and may thereafter be allocated to other guests.

If you are not registered, you may enquire telephonically or in person at the youth hostel regarding the availability of places.

Anyone wishing to be provided accommodation or other facilities within a youth hostel must be a member of Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk or of a further national youth hostel association. Travellers residing in Germany who are not in possession of a membership card may also obtain membership in and of the youth hostel; guests from abroad who are not in possession of a membership card must obtain an “International Guest Card”.


Accommodation is provided in shared rooms, male and female occupants being, as a rule, housed separately. Families may be provided accommodation in a single room upon request insofar as this is available.

We request your cooperation during your stay: this requires, for instance, that you keep the facilities, rooms and articles that you use in good order and that you assist in table service.

The youth hostels have pledged themselves to the conservation of the environment and of nature. We therefore request that you segregate the waste that you collect or avoid it completely, and that you use power and water sparingly.

Meals may not be prepared or consumed in bedrooms. In view of fire safety, insurance and health legislation considerations, the use of electrical appliances for the preparation of meals and hot beverages is prohibited.

Charging rechargeable batteries for electric motors is not permitted in the youth hostels for safety reasons, with the exception of assigned connections.

Smoking is not permitted on the youth hostel premises.

Alcoholic beverages brought into the premises may not be consumed in the youth hostel or on its premises. Guests in a state of inebriation may be expelled from the premises.

As a rule, animals may not be admitted to the premises. Guide dogs and service dogs may remain in the youth hostel upon approval thereof by hostel management. Further exceptions may allow dogs in designated hostels.

Youth hostels generally remain open until 10.00 P.M.

Night hours are observed from 10.00 P.M. until 7.00 A.M. All guests are requested to exercise due consideration so as to enable other guests to sleep undisturbed.

Please remain considerate of other guests during your stay, especially when you use electronic appliances.


Bedrooms must be vacated by 10.00 A.M.

Exceptions to this rule must be approved by hostel management.

Domiciliary rights

Hostel management or a representative thereof is commissioned by the body responsible for the youth hostels to exercise domiciliary rights.

They may ban entry to the premises in the event of non-compliance with the basic rules.

The ban on entry to the premises shall be verbally substantiated.

These house rules were adopted following a resolution of the members’ assembly passed on 18th November 2017 in Berlin.