Ostel, Berlin Review. ** Closed **

ostel hostel ddr berlin


Located in the Friedrichshain area of Berlin and a 5 min walk from Ostbahnhof is Ostel, a nostalgic hostel ideal for backpackers, young couples and anyone with a love for Ostaligie and DDR kitsch.

ostel hostel ddr berlinWe are big fans of modern history and Berlin/East German history and have eyed up Ostel on previous trips.  The very nice folks at Visit Berlin supplied us with accommodation to explore the city.  It was a great location being near to S and U Bahn as well as mainline railway and bus services – all you need for a Berlin break.

ostel hostel ddr berlin

The rooms are located within each flat, you might be lucky and get a balcony or be located in the old children’s bedroom!

ostel hostel ddr berlin

ostel hostel ddr berlinostel hostel ddr berlinostel hostel ddr berlinThe rooms have a table and chair, window as well as vintage radio – if only it could play the old news and music. Retro books line the bookcase and walls are covered with flowery wallpaper and a portrait of Erich Hoenicker in some rooms

ostel hostel ddr berlin


ostel hostel ddr berlinEach flat has it’s own original bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, which leads to some old Eastern queuing in the morning.

ostel hostel ddr berlin

With no lift, this is a real housing estate, you get the pleasure of lifting your own bags up the stairs!

ostel hostel ddr berlin

There is also an on-site DDR style restaurant to complete the experience.

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OSTEL – The GDR-Design Hostel.
Wriezener Karree 5
10243 Berlin


E-Mail: contact@ostel.eu


ICE and regional trains: Station Ostbahnhof (250m)
Metropolitan train (S-Bahn): S3 / S5 / S7 / S75. Station Ostbahnhof (250m)
Underground (U-Bahn): U5. Station Weberwiese (1000m)
Bus: 240 / 347. Station Erich-Steinfurt-Straße (250m)
Taxi stand at the Ostbahnhof (250m)

Many thanks to Visit Berlin for sponsoring our stay.


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1 Comment

  1. Simon

    The Ostel closed down

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