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When the hostel is better than a hotel, the best green hostels in Europe

A trip with friends, but also a romantic getaway without breaking the bank, low-budget travelers with children: the green hostels are becoming more and more and now they do not offer just a simple and spartan accommodations. They are places of encounter and exchange of ideas, places to have fun and explore by following sustainable lifestyles: everything here is organic, from food to furniture, from electrical energy to flow reducers for water. Let’s explore Europe, staying in the most beautiful green hostels, to immerse yourself in the great atmosphere with small prices. No need to go to the hotel to enjoy a dip in the pool, to take yoga classes at sunset, eat local delicacies and listen to concerts in a garden…

Between woods and streams, for a bike holiday in Trentino

the best green hostels green in Europe

Grumes is a small village of 450 inhabitants at the Val di Cembra, in the north-eastern part of Trentino. Here there’s L’Ost, a beautiful eco-friendly hostel where you can sleep in cozy single, double, triple rooms, with wooden furniture, private bathroom and Wi-Fi, and a beautiful view of the mountains. You can rent a bike and explore the beautiful surroundings, where pristine nature reigns, or relax in the reading room.

Why it’s green: the electricity used comes exclusively from renewable sources, the cleaning products are eco-friendly and during the renovation to the principles of green building have been respected.

In the heart of Barcelona

Green hostel in Barcelona

Sleep Green is the perfect choice for a holiday in the colors of Barcelona. It is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Eixample, offering lively and youthful room and atmosphere. Meet other travelers in the lounge or in the shared kitchen. At the information desk you can rent bikes.

Why it’s green: the hostel has been awarded with the EU Ecolabel for its commitment to sustainability. It uses green electricity, ecological cleaning products, light bulbs and water flow reducers.

Sleeping in a castle in Germany

When the hostel is better than a hotel, the best green hostels green in Europe

A medieval village that is developed along the Rhine: Bacharach is one of the prettiest villages in the valley and is the perfect destination for a romantic holiday, really unique thanks to the hostel, housed within the castle, dating from the twelfth century. Also perfect for families, the hostel offers 4 lounges, a dining room and a cafe.

Why it’s green: water flow reducers, recycling, energy saving light bulbs make this castle a green hostel.

A garden and many organic delights in the city of Vienna

Green hostel in Vienna

Unparalleled views, a beautiful park and an idyllic atmosphere await you at The Palace Hostel Schlossherberge, a modern, cheap and comfortable hostel from where you can reach the center of Vienna in a few minutes by public transport. The perfect combination of bustling city life and the peace of the countryside.

Why it’s green: the accommodation has the Austrian environmental label “Das Österreichische Umweltzeichen für Tourismusbetriebe”, which was the first environmental tourism label in Europe. The hostel prefers organic and local food, ecological cleaning products, and low-energy light bulbs. It is also attentive to waste collection.

A design hostel a short walk from the station of Bologna

Green hostel in Bologna, Italy

For your holidays in Bologna, there’s We_Bologna, a beautiful design hostel with colorful and lots of common areas rooms. Also accessible for the disabled, the hostel offers double or quadruple rooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, a study room, a TV room, a relaxation area and a garden where you can meet young travelers from around the world. During the year, they organize events and activities open to the public, including cooking classes, movies and live concerts.

Why it’s green: Your day in Bologna will start with a simple and tasty breakfast prepared with organic ingredients, also the building was subject to a redevelopment made with a focus on reducing environmental impact. Solar panels were installed.

A hostel with sea view

Green hostel in Ireland

We move to Ireland where there’s the Caitins Pub and Hostel, a high quality hostel in the beautiful Dingle bay, in the Atlantic Ocean. The property is situated between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen. Cahersiveen is the   capital of Southern Kerry. It has a marina, a library, and a lot of shops and small streets to explore.

Why it’s green: the used food is mostly local, the accommodation is attentive to energy and water saving and waste collection.

Two green hostels to discover Milan

Two green hostels to discover Milan

The cathedral, the canals, museums, shopping: discover Milan and its many beauties while staying in colorful and chic environments, among recovery furnishings and great local food. You can choose from the hostel Bello, in Via Medici, and the Hostel Bello Grande, 100 meters from the central station. The two hostels have both a beautiful vegetable garden and various public areas. Pets are welcome and the events are many throughout the year.

Why it’s green: the hostels were built in green architecture, they are both accessible without a car, and offer local food and use low-energy light bulbs.

Joyful and conscious vacation in the heart of Amsterdam

Green hostel in Amsterdam

A different hostel, tastefully decorated: Ecomama offers different room types, from doubles to the dormitory, a living room, a kitchen, indoor hammocks and teepee tents for your movie nights. The perfect place in the heart of Amsterdam for not giving up the luxury of a hotel and the typical atmosphere of a hostel.

Why it’s green: accessible without a car, the hostel is in green architecture, use water flow reducers and energy saving light bulbs.

Eco-sustainable refuge at the foot of the Dolomites

Green hostel in Italy

Immerse yourself in the enchanting nature of the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites, staying in a cozy refuge made of stone and wood in the Cergnal village, halfway between Feltre and Belluno. Your day will begin with a delicious breakfast of organic and local products and will continue in the quiet of the woods, long pleasant walks and trekking in the beautiful mountains.

Why it’s green: the hostel, which has obtained the Quality Mark of Belluno Dolomites National Park, uses electricity from renewable sources, organic food products and ecological cleaning.

The only hostel in the world with modern wellness and fitness facilities


In Switzerland, between majestic mountains, there’s wellnessHostel4000, a wonderful hostel, which offers a spa to the levels of the most luxurious hotels. The hostel is made of wood and offers plenty of rooms available in 5 floors, a restaurant to taste the specialties of the region and a bar for a drink around the fireplace. In the wellness area you will find a Finnish sauna, bio-soft sauna, herbal steam bath, whirlpool baths and showers, indoor pool and more.

Why it’s green: the restaurant uses local ingredients, the water is heated by solar panels, light bulbs are low power and the structure is in green architecture.

A hostel in an abbey


The final destination is France, where we will have a beautiful abbey that has became hostel. We are in Cadouin, a beautiful medieval village. The Abbey became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has always been the destination of many pilgrims. In the hostel you can sleep in beautiful rooms overlooking the garden, cooking with other travelers, share a meal, participate in creative workshops.
What do you think of these green hostels? What will be your next destination?

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By: Chiara Marras
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