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Hostels in Europe
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Hostels in Europe are a dormitory type of accommodation which provide
group sleeping quarters at a relatively low price.

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Hostel rooms can have from one bed to over a dozen. The toilet facilities are normally separate and normally outside the room. Sometimes breakfast is included and sometimes guests have use of a full kitchen. Most hostels have cheap or free internet connections.

Hostels are virtually unknown in America. To get you up to speed on what to expect, my photos from some of the hostels I've stayed in recently are at the bottom of this page. Physically they are all different. Mentally they are all about the same -- operated by good down home folks.

Verify hours of operation and check-out times before checking in. Hours are often much different than most hotels. If breakfast is provided and you are late for breakfast you are without breakfast. Even if you show at the last minute the pickings will be slim because other guests, following the advice of one guidebook writer, have cleaned out the breakfast room and stuffed everything they could into their backpack.

Due to the communal style of bunking in with young strangers traveling on the cheap, it is wise to guard your goods. Never even think of leaving valuables in your bag or anywhere in the room. Bring your stuff with you, else why did you bring it from home in the first place? You'll need to carry some Ziploc® bags with you. When you go to the shower put your wallet, passport, cameras, etc. in Ziplocs® so they don't get wet in the stall.

Check these sites in the right column for further information and links to hostels in Europe. You certainly do not need to be a young "backpacker" to stay in hostels. I am much older and I use a rolling carry-on soft-sided case for my traveling goods. I've stayed in a number of hostels and nobody ever complained that I didn't have a backpack.

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Hostelling International - AYH
Hostelling International's Hostel Reservation Site. Hostel Booking, Travel Information, Photos. HI Quality you can count on.

Acorn House B&Bs
Acorn House is a new Guesthouse situated 15 minutes walk from Galway City centre.

Flashbooking
Use Flashbooking.com for your cheap hostel online reservation.

Hostels.com
Online listings for over 10,000 hostels worldwide.

Hostels of Europe
Online bookings at over 3,000 independent hostels in Europe. Reviews, photos and descriptions. Great rates at cheap hostels in key destinations.


If you have a hostel in Europe and want it listed here -- just fill out the form and send it. Gratis and grats.


Wear a money belt under your shirt to protect your passport and valuables, especially if you are staying in hostels or dorms.
Victorinox Deluxe Concealed Security Belt
Victorinox Deluxe Concealed Security Belt


This liquids kit meets TSA airline carry-on rules, and the Pack Light Rule.
EAGLE CREEK PACK-IT CUSTOM TRAVEL BOTTLE
Eagle Creek Pack-It Custom Travel Bottle Kit


The essential timetable and handbook for rail travelers.
European Rail Timetable Winter 2010/2011 Thomas Cook
European Rail Timetable
Winter 2010/2011
Thomas Cook

Washing machines and 'dryer' in my hostel in Riga, Lithuania. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/cds/P1170060-RigaHostelWasher.jpg
A nice feature of most hostels is do-it-yourself washing machines. Compared to the cost of laundry service in hotels throughout Europe, hostels let you do it yourself for pennies in comparison. This is from my Riga, Latvia hostel and those are some of my threads hanging to dry. [P1170060]
Entry to my Riga hostel. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1170107-HostelRiga.jpg This is the entryway to my hostel in Riga. Notice the sign for the Mademoiselle bar right next to it. Riga is a favorite of English boys looking for a drinking stag weekend. There are girlie bars and touts passing out flyers throughout the old town. [P1170107]
The kitchen in my hostel in Riga, Lithuania. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1180127-VilniusHostelKitchen.jpg
The Hostel Old Town in Vilnius, Lithuania featured a full kitchen for use of the guests. I preferred to eat out rather than wash pans. But the lunchroom came in handy for enjoying my raw herring which I bought in the market behind the rail station. What a market that is! [P1180127]
Be quiet in your Riga, Latvia hostel. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1180126-VilniusNoiseSign.jpg The fact that it is necessary to post such a sign in the Vilnius hostel tells you something about the behavior of some guests. [P1180126]
Vilnius hostel bunk beds. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1180138-VilniusHostelBunkBeds.jpg My Vilnius, Lithuania hostel had plenty of bunks. There were 14 beds in the room I slept in, but I was the only customer in January. That's my 21" roll-about case. Hostels may be associated with the backpack group but I prefer to do it the easy way and pull my stuff. It is much easier to pull your belongings than carry them on your back, unless you aspire to be a pack mule. [P1180138]
Vilnius hostel shoe rack. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1180137-VilniusHostelShoeRack.jpg What kind of shoes should you wear in Europe? It looks like anything goes, judging by the shoe rack at my Vilnius hostel. [P1180137]
Hostel info in the Krakow, Poland train station. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1200192-KrakowHostelInfo.jpg These folks were very helpful and they are located right in the Krakow, Poland train station, but in an unheated area and it was January. [P1200192]
Youth hostel in Dresden, Germany. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1220346-DresdenHostelSign.jpg I found this hostel thanks to the guidebook Europe on a Shoestring. It is behind the World Trade Center, and only a couple of stops to the left on tram #10 from the rail station in Dresden, Germany. [P1220346] The bathroom of my Dresden hostel was huge. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1210341-DresdenHostelBathroom.jpg The en suite bathroom of my Dresden hostel was sparkling and huge, and even had his and her's thrones. It even had a shower curtain, something you won't find in many hotels. There were three beds in the room but I was the only occupant that evening. [P1170060]
Hostel info in the Krakow, Poland train station. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/typ/images/P1220349-DresdenHostelBreakfast.jpg German breakfasts are phenomenal and no less so in my Dresden hostel. Here are the left overs for my late arrival and there was plenty more on other tables. But just as I entered the room a squirrely punk scooped up the last few oranges and put them in his backpack. [P1200192]
Travelers Supplies
You will need one or more of these plug adapters for your appliances and chargers.
For details on electricity in Europe see chapter 11, Electricity in Europe: Travel Voltage Fundamentals

Electrical Plug Adapter USA to Continental Europe
Plug Adapter (doubler)
Universal to Continental Europe "Europlug."
4.0 mm prongs


SIMRAN PLUG ADAPTER - CONVERTS GROUNDED USA PLUGS TO EUROPE PLUG-GERMAN SHUCKO PLUG (VP 11W)
SIMRAN PLUG ADAPTER
Adapts grounded USA plugs to European "Shucko" plug.
4.8 mm prongs


This is a universal plug adapter for the UK and Ireland.
Grounded Adaptor Plug - United Kingdom, Ireland
Grounded Adaptor Plug for Britain and Ireland


The holes of many Italian outlets are too small for the Schucko plug. One of these will probably fit. It is also a common plug in older establishments in the former Soviet bloc countries of eastern Europe.

Italy Adapter Plug B
Ungrounded
4.0 mm prongs



Plug Adapter for Italy
Universal to Grounded 3 pin


To use this with American plugs you'll also need the USA to Continental Europe adapter.

Grounded Adapter
Europe to Switzerland


For charging the batteries of more than one gizmo at a time use this 250 volt universal power strip. It comes with a grounded Continental plug.
Universal Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip for AC 220V/240V Countries. Max Load 13A 250V 50/60HZ - 450 Joules. CE Certified
Surge Protector
Power Strip
6 Universal Outlets
220/240 Volt 50/60Hz


To use the surge strip in Britain and Ireland you will need one of these plug adapters.
Grounded Adapter - Europe to England UK Britain
Grounded Adapter
Europe to
Britain and Ireland


To use the surge strip in Italy you will probably need this plug adapter.
Grounded Adapter - Europe to England UK Britain
Grounded Adapter
Europe to Italy


Here is a smaller power surge strip with three universal outlets. It is wired with an American grounded plug so it needs a plug adapter for the countries you are visiting. SM-60 Universal 3 Outlet Power Strip / Surge Protector for Worldwide Travel. 110V-250V with Overload Protection.
SM-60 Universal 3 Outlet Power Strip / Surge Protector for Worldwide Travel. 110V-250V with Overload Protection.


This ungrounded plug adapter will get you plugged in just about anywhere. SM-60 Universal 3 Outlet Power Strip / Surge Protector for Worldwide Travel. 110V-250V with Overload Protection.
All-in-One Travel Power Plug Adapter for US, UK, EU, AU.


Absolutely the best battery for digital cameras which use AA batteries.
Energizer - AA Lithium Batteries - 4 Pack
Energizer
AA Lithium Batteries
4 Pack


Rechargeable batteries are expensive but pay for themselves over and over. This charger is good for worldwide voltage and comes with 4 pre-charged batteries. It requires a plug adapter for the countries you are visiting.
Sanyo Eneloop 4 Pack AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargable Batteries w/ Charger
Sanyo Eneloop 4 Pack AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargable Batteries
w/ Worldwide Charger


This kit includes a pair of rechargeable batteries with a USB powered charger.
SANYO NEW 1500 eneloop 2-AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries w/ USB Charger
SANYO NEW 1500 eneloop 2-AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries
w/ USB Charger


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