Cologne is the city of Germany which is not on our first planned itinerary but leaves us wanting more of it. It’s the same feeling of eating chocolates and ice cream! As we wanted to minimize the train travel time, we decided to stopover for 2 nights in this amazing city that completely blown us away with its beautiful attractions and people! Given the short amount of time, we made sure to choose the best accommodation with a good location. That’s all we need, but Die Wohngemeinschaft exceeds our expectations and proved to us that it’s not only a good location and cheap priced hostel.
Having a café-bar and a theater, the Wohngemeinschaft is not a typical hostel. It’s smartly intended as a café offering some delightful pastries matched with coffee or tea in the morning, then transformed into a bar at night. The central ambiance certainly comes from the lively bar at night with upbeat music, welcoming staff and flowing drinks where locals and visitors joined together. With the spacious theater that can accommodate 60+ seats, guests can surely enjoy the hostels programs – concert, plays or films. Despite having such entertainment indoors, guest liking goes to the beautiful terrace outside.
At first, we thought that the main features of the hostel are the café-bar and its theater. But when the staff toured my husband (I was sleeping that time! :p) around the rooms, he’s surprised to see the uniquely charming rooms! We found out that here, none of the 16 rooms are the same! Each one has its own story and will surely transport you to a different place from a chic photo studio to a trendy Bollywood cinema. They provided us the Mikkel’s Lego room which is a private double room. It comes with a double-bed plus an extra bed which perfectly fit a couple like us or a family of three.
The room was super neat and clean with white walls and bedding. Legos are hanged precisely that the husband tried to play with it! Good thing, there’s a separate table where he can actually create Lego robots! 🙂 He clearly loves this unique room and as for me I just enjoyed the comfortable feel and sleep soundly in the soft bed.
They also offer single, triple and quad rooms, as well as dormitory-style accommodations. All comes with a generous wide 140 cm beds, secured lockers, 24 hour access to the building, reading lamps, clean shared bathrooms plus a strong connection WIFI. Best thing about each room are the decors and fixtures. Clearly, a combination of creative minds and great effort are put in to create such spaces that are comfy and fun! 🙂
Check this link to see all the rooms and be amazed with each backstory!
- Breakfast – the continental and hearty breakfast cost €5.50 available in the communal lounge area served from 8 am until 11 am consists of mostly organic products: Bun rolls, German home-made bread, hard boiled eggs, cereals, yogurt, milk, cold meats, several kinds of cheese, spreads and butter. You can opt to have a freshly ground coffee, café latte or cappuccino and tea which are available 24/7. There’s also a fridge with juices and beer available to buy anytime.
- Entertainment – Apart from having a café-bar and a theater, the bar area also has a ping-pong table and a quirky fully-converted camper-van!
- Community room – The hostel provides a dedicated room in 50’s style decor which is perfect for mixing with other travelers. It has a cozy couch corner with table, a library full of books and a variety of DVDs for free.
- Free luggage storage are available for those arriving before check in at 15:00.
All the staff we met at Die Wohngemeinschaft hostel were friendly and caring. From the warm welcome at the reception up to the moment we leave the hostel door, we felt to be very at home. They kindly explained the hostel and bar timings, room information and even shared some tips on how to explore the city in the best possible way! With Elena being so kind to tour the husband around the rooms and facilities, staff who were always mindful of what you need, we saw how dedicated and passionate these people are. It was a breath of fresh air to have everyone so optimistic and smiling when they bumped into you. That kind of attitude was all we need to start our day energized and end it feeling less tired. Thank you so much guys! Especially to Jens and Elena 🙂
Being situated at the heart of the Belgian Quarter which is known as the city’s trendiest neighborhood, the hostel is perfect for first time travelers like us. Dom Cathedral, famous museums, park, public transportation and a lot of plazas can be visited by foot in few minutes. It is also surrounded by café’s, restaurants, clubs and shops so everything seems to be at reach here.
We spent 2 days in Cologne and here are the attractions nearby given Die Wohngemeinschaft hostel is your starting point. Note that it’s not all the places we’ve been to in Cologne. I’ll be sharing a detailed guide with Google maps, walking directions, timings, everything that would be helpful when we completed our month long travel. The closest tram station is Moltkestraße. From here you can get tram lines 1 or 7 to reach all the central stops in town.
|Day 1 (Half Day)
Google map directions here.
Hahnentor Medieval gate – 12 mins.
Roonstrase Synagogue – 10 mins.
Google map directions here.
Basilica of the Holy Apostles – 11 mins.
Hohe Strabe – 10 mins.
Cologne City Hall – 5 mins.
Old Town – 14 mins.
St. Martin Church – 14 mins.
Equestrian Statue of Kaiser – 4 mins.
Cologne Cathedral – 7 mins.
St. Andrew’s Church – 4 mins.
|Day 3 (Half Day)
Google map directions here.
Roman Tower – 16 mins.
St. Ursula Church – 13 mins.
Hohenzollern Bridge– 15 mins.
Cologne Triangle – 6 mins.
Staying in the dorm bed is definitely much cheaper than of the private double room but still with prices €59 per night with the room we stayed in, it’s still very affordable! The 8-bed dorm starts at €20 per night, €75 for triple, and €90 for the 4-bed private. And as always, rates depend on the season. It’s better to check their official website below for current prices.
The Wohngemeinschaft hostel certainly proved to us that it’s a place to relax for travelers like us given the unique and clean rooms, nice ambiance, accessible and functional facilities, breakfast options, security, accommodating staff and superb location. We ended up wanting for more time in Cologne and spending more days in the hostel 🙂
Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel
*We were guests of the hostel, but as always all views and opinions are entirely our own.