One of the coolest things to do in Europe is to visit castles. But did you know, you can actually stay at some of them without breaking the bank? Here are the nicest castles that are also hostels.
Bacharach Hostel, Stahleck Castle, Germany
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a German castle from the 12th century, then this is the hostel for you. The castle was built on the banks of the Rhine River and overlooks the entire valley. You might not think that hostels can be romantic, but this one definitely is. Prices for a private room start at $40 a night for a full room and board.
Hostel Heemskerk, Heemskerk, Netherlands
Some of us have always imagined what it would be like to be a lord or lady. This hostel is in a 13th-century Dutch castle surrounded by classic gardens from the era. The original building has been maintained, but all of the rooms have been renovated to suit 20th-century tastes. Flush toilets are a lot nicer to use than a chamber pot. Guest rooms start at around $60.
Youth Hostel Mariastein, Schloss Rotberg, Switzerland
This hostel is also situated within a 13th-century castle, but it is much more basic in terms of furnishings and structure. It is a utilitarian castle in the hills of Switzerland, that was designed to stop marauders in the area. Enjoy the roaring fireplace in the common room, on a cold evening with friends. Rooms start at $52.