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Hostel '68 Heidelberg

  • Family-friendly
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  • Backpacker Hostel

The hostel used to be a house for domestic servants and is “klee und schnuggelisch” (Palatinate dialect for small and cozy). Located on a side street of the old city, close to Heidelberg University, near the “Kornmarkt” below the castle and directly across the street from the “Prince Carl” building (a noble residence from the second half of the 19th century). The hostel contains two separate apartments (with four beds in each) on two floors. Each apartment has its own kitchen, dining area, bathroom with shower and toilet.

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Hostel '68 Heidelberg

Experience Heidelberg’s “Old City” the minute you step out of your front door

Visitors will be greeted by the strains of “So let us rejoice/ Gaudemus igitur”.  Their stay will be accompanied by:” A Hunter from the Palatinate/Ein Jäger aus Kurpfalz and they’ll be bid a fond farewell with „Must I part/ “Mus I denn” all courtesy of the townhall glockenspiel. 

The traffic-calmed Ingrimstrasse offers a welcome contrast to the busy Hauptstrasse. Just around the corner the historical funicular will take you up to the castle and then to the 500m tall Königsstuhl. (Throne/Seat of the King). 

The market square & townhall, Church of the Holy Spirit and famous „Old Bridge“ are just steps away. Famous and respected Heidelberg University is only 5 minutes away. 

 

Clearly therefore the hostel is the ideal location for exploring and experiencing all that Heidelberg has to offer.

 

ROOMS (Apartments) 

Ground floor: multi-bed room (3-5 beds). Bathroom with shower and WC and a separate self-sufficiency style kitchen on the same floor across from the bedroom. 

These rooms have been renovated in a way that allows their original charm to come to light: including high ceilings and sandstone masonry that has been left visible.  In days gone by a general store could be found here, people came and went all day long, exchanging pieces of news or gossip while children were handed pieces of sausage to eat on the house. Times have changed.  Nowadays the fire proof doors click shut upon exiting ensuring safety and now children can have fun climbing up onto the bunk beds while the adults can create their own “feel-good zone” by moving the moveable sleep furniture where they want to. 

There’s room for four people.  A folding cot not unlike the one the future Kaiser, Prince William of Prussia, bought with him when he stayed at the Prince Carl Palace across the street can be provided upon request. 

The hallway between the kitchen and the other rooms is a space where spontaneous and serendipitous encounters can occur.

 

Sitting in the downstairs kitchen, might take you back in imagination to the early days of cinema.  A new modern cinema is open in the Bahnstadt area. If you’re more into art house or independent movies the “Gloria” cinema is only a few minutes away in the Hauptstrasse.  Or just put on your own (cooking) show. 

After your forays into the hustle and bustle of the old city- you can return to your own haven and refresh yourself at the beautiful green and gold solid-glass sink. 

First floor: separate apartment: 1 double room, 2 additional beds, self-sufficiency kitchen, bathroom with shower and WC.

A wooden staircase leads to the first-floor rooms. You’ll be pleasantly surprised upon entering by the bright and airy rooms. The kitchen and dining area invite you to sit and unwind. This first room opens to another one.  A penchant for detail and flexibility can be seen in the sleep-furniture which is moveable and can be arranged as you wish.

One extra sleeping birth has been created where once a bathtub stood. 

There is room for four here altogether. 

 

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

For a few years now, we: Claudia and Frank have worked on opening a house for guests in the old city of Heidelberg. 

We have incorporated our travel experiences into the project, including experiences of friendliness and hospitality at pilgrim-sites and hostels as well as other helpful experiences.  

Connected to these experiences is also the warm affection we feel for Heidelberg’s old city and its inhabitants since our own university days. Many personal contacts are the result and they all encouraged us to move forward with this project. It began in 2014 when we bought the house, and then in February 2016 the first guests were able to enjoy the first “trial stay”. 

Inside the house a few layers have been knocked off, so that its history as a general store and “communal meeting place” can once again come to the fore. 

We’re still filing on the final details, so when you come back, you’ll have surprises waiting. 

There are risks involved with any new beginning: - that’s why the project started out as a one-man operation, but with many friends and supporters who helped along the way. 

SERVICE

Basics: 

  • Individual, independent hostel in the center of the old city.
  • Super location, easily reachable by train and bus.
  • Bed linens, city maps, WIFI, coffee, tea, muesli are all provided free of charge.

 

Towels can be provided for 1€

Check-in and check-out can be arranged with the owners.

 

For travelers with children: 

 

Reservation for the separate apartment on the first floor is possible. This apartment is perfect for a family with small children, because it is a separate self-contained unit. (Bathroom and kitchen are not in the hallway, but rather inside the apartment). The living unit on the first floor is suitable for travelers with older children because of the bunk beds.  High chair provided upon request. 

 

Female travelers

 

A female-only room can be requested

Hair dryer upon request

 

Backpackers

 

Connections to other hostels in Germany

Alternative addresses provided upon request

 

Pilgrims

Member of the Hessian and Franconian Association of St. James

Reduced price for pilgrims with an identity card

Advice for pilgrims provided

 

Music and literature fans

Cave 54, a bar is just around the corner on the Krämergasse

In the hostel is a small library/collection of books by Herman Hesse

 

Food and drink

Breakfast on your own—there is free coffee and tea

Many different bars, cafes, snack options and restaurants are very close to the hostel

 

 

We are a very small hostel with 8 beds and an additional bed and therefore we offer some services only upon request: the use of a washing machine, woman’s room, spontaneous bookings, late check-out, bike rental. We like to work with ecological products: soap, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, detergent, fair trade coffee from Nicaragua (https://www.partnerschaftskaffee.de/). Heidelberg is located on the Neckar bike path and is the perfect starting point for tours through the Oden Wald. Bicylists are welcome! Bicycles can be locked to a permanent bike stand around the corner provided by the city. The stand does not have a shelter. Bicycle garages can be rented at the main train station. If you want to explore the city per bicycle there is an option to rent a bicycle: https://www.vrnnextbike.de/en/heidelberg/ 

hostel ´68
Ingrimstraße 36
69117Heidelberg-Altstadt

Frank Böhm

phone:0151-40723647

Web: http://hostel68.de/

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