I haven’t been to many hostels but I can tell the difference between a good one and a bad one and Schusterhausl Inn is by far the best I have seen and stayed in. Boasting a fascinating history and its very own beer garden…this is a place you certainly don’t want to miss staying at when visiting Munich.
On a recent road trip through Germany, Austria, and Slovenia we decided to visit Munich since its a city neither of us had visited before. Being just a short few weeks from the annual Oktoberfest in Munich accommodation was expensive in the city and it was almost near impossible to find a hotel or hostel that had secure parking for our bike. So we were so lucky to find room at the brand new just opened Schusterhausl Inn.
Located just a short 20-minute train ride from the center, this rather cool hostel is nestled among a forest and the five Lake District, which means the amazing Lake Ammersee is just a half an hour drive away. And since there are no nearby neighbors, the Schusterhausl Inn can party all night long! And trust me – these guys know how to throw a party. Ran by my dear Kiwi friend Nick and owned by the loveliest German guy you will ever meet Ludwig, Schusterhausl is not just a place to sleep, but its a place to hang out, drink, eat and enjoy good times with friends.
Not many hostels in the world can say their history dates back to the 1800’s either. Ludwig’s family have owned this house since it was originally used as the town’s cobblers house and then opened as a Biergarten and pub in 1895. From then on locals from all over Germering came to Schusterhausl to meet, drink and embrace the famous Bavarian ‘Gemütlichkeit’. Closed for the past seven years, Ludwig decided to breathe new life into the place and with the help of Nick they opened Schusterhausl as a funky new hostel.
Both mixed dorms and a female only dorm are available with shared washrooms as well as family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children and double rooms and twin rooms all with their own private en suites! There is, of course, WiFi, laundry service and bike rentals as well as Sky TV playing all the footy, rugby matches and F1 races and a traditional Bavarian breakfast included with bottomless coffee! There is even an in house Irish bar in the cellar and a free shuttle service to the train station and day trips available to the Neuschwanstein Castle. You’ll even get a discount on Mike Bikes if you head into Munich.
But by far the best highlight of this place is the fresh beer served from traditional wooden barrels. Schusterhausl Inn the first and only hostel/bar in the world that serves fresh beer from wooden barrels!. If that wasn’t enough, you may even be lucky enough to get the opportunity to tap your very own barrel during your stay – a privilege that is normally only had by the mayor of Munich at Oktoberfest. If that isn’t a reason to stay here then I don’t know what is! It’s not as easy as it looks either – I know because I did it!
If you are looking for cheap, budget friendly hostel for Oktoberfest then this is by far the best you can get!