The hostel that we stayed at for 2 weeks during the English camp at Bad Urach, was the most comfortable ‘camp’ experience I have ever had. We stayed at the Jugendherberge Hostel.
The hostel was spacious and comfortable . It was nice that they had a field in the back we could use for soccer and outdoor games for the kids. We also had a large room to use as a classroom.
The rooms had 6 beds in them for the students and the “teacher rooms” had 3 beds with a sink. The hostel offered other room sizes as well. I took some pictures of the hostel when we first arrived…before the chaos of the kids:
The hostel provided special rooms just for the teachers. The room only had 3 beds and had a sink, table, and a cupboard. It was perfect for the two week period that we were there. We only used two of the beds, so it was even roomier.
They also had a separate “Teacher shower” and bathroom area. This was especially nice, because we had a lot of girls fighting for hot water. Also the girls showers weren’t private stalls…which is awkward to most Americans at least.
The hostel liked to separate the boys and girls by floors. It was a nice idea for the kids, but it didn’t work out so well. Took a lot of patrolling. 🙂
The girls hallway… all hallways had a door separating them.
The showers for the kids …… no privacy.
The hostel had a dining area. It was locked all day and only open during breakfast hours and dinner hours. The guests have these meals included. We were a group and were asked to help with dishes. They had a commercial washer, but we still had to help load and dry. The food was actually pretty decent. They had a set menu, and offered vegetarian options. The menu did repeat once or twice while we were there.
They also gave us fruit and a snack bar for lunch time, and we were able to make sandwiches for lunch from breakfast. The typical German breakfast is bread, meats and cheeses… so it made it pretty simple to make a lunch. They also offered yogurt, granola, muesli, and cereal for the visitors.
Many people have preconceived ideas of ‘hostels’. This hostel was one of the better ones I have stayed in and offered many activities and extra features. It was very clean, and the food was decent. They even offered their ‘party room’ for our farewell party. They went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant. They even put up with the antics of teenagers.
The location was also very nice as if was right next to the hiking trail that lead to the Fortress of Hohenurach and The Uracher Waterfalls. It was also just a short distance from Lichtenstein Castle and The Adventure Park.
As with many locations in Germany this hostel was worth visiting. I hope that you can someday visit Bad Urach and this lovely hostel. It truly was a home away from home.
As you continue on in your journey.. you will continue to see that the discoveries are endless….