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Stay Strange: The Edgiest Hamburg Hostel | Germany

Hostels in Hamburg - Rooms at Superbude St. Pauli

When you write, you’re supposed to find just the word to tell about anything. If there is no word, you must describe. But how exactly do you adequately describe a room with newspaper coating the walls and orange construction netting stretched between two metal poles for a headboard? What exactly do you say about the leather and mesh pouches hanging from it? I’m not sure what to call the plastic cones serving as lampshades or the chain loop that the toilet paper hangs from. It’s quite the novelty to be a writer (that often stays in strange places) and still walk into a room and not have the words for any of it. But that’s just what happened when I checked into the Hamburg hostel, The Superbude St. Pauli.

Wanna glimpse inside the edgiest hostel in Hamburg? Here’s what you can expect from your stay at Superbude St. Pauli!

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While the rooms are the standout of the hostel, the rest of Superbude is quite interesting too. The design team, Dreimeta, was responsible for dreaming up the lobby defined by yellow concrete scarf board for walls and red silkscreen tables for surfaces. There are wheelbarrows lined with faux fur that you can sit in while thumbing through a magazine and a massive beer fridge featuring local craft ales and locally famous Astras. While Superbude St. Pauli might not have the idiots sitting around singing Wonderwall like your average hostel, they do host live music, trivia nights, and football game screenings from time to time. 

Hostels in Hamburg - Superbude St. Pauli Lobby

Hostels in Hamburg - Magazine Rack at Superbude St. Pauli
Hostels in Hamburg - Lobby at Superbude St. Pauli

Hostels in Hamburg - Staircase at Superbude St. Pauli



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Rooms: Superbude St. Pauli bridges the gap between hotel and hostel. The Hamburg hostel is a refurbished post office offering private rooms that sleep between two and six people. Each suite is 16m² – 30 m² and furnished with original pieces. Dreimeta explains their concept for Superbude as “the integration and misappropriation of local everyday objects and materials.” With plungers for coat hangers, scaffolding tubes and an orange crash net for the backboard, and stools made of beer crates, this statement couldn’t be truer. Superbude hints at being a hostel with lockers in the rooms and multi-bed rooms for booking but ends up feeling more like a hotel with ensuite bathrooms, privacy, and a handful of other amenities that most hostels make you beg for.

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Hostels in Hamburg - Bedside Table at Superbude St. Pauli
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And if you’re feeling especially baller-y, there is always the Astra Rockstar Suite where you and five of your closest pals can share one very long bed. The room is 46 m² and equipped with a projector, a screen, and a surround sound system so you can live like a rockstar (if only for a night).

Value: The rooms at Superbude range from €65-€199 depending on your dates and suite type. Dorm style rooms still have to be booked as a group, but you can email the team at Superbude if you’re traveling on your own and looking for a shared dorm. You can check prices or read more reviews here.


Superbude couldn’t have a cooler location, sitting smack in the middle of the Sternschanze neighborhood. “Die Schanze” is the left-leaning part of town with squatter settlements, old-school restaurants, and street art everywhere. Sternschanze is the perfect place to hang out if you don’t have any real idea what to do in Hamburg. It’s easy to wander with plenty of shops to pop into. And if you want to get a real feel for Hamburg, pick up a beer from a kiosk and join the crowds by squatting on a corner outside the bars (aka “go cornering”).Hostels in Hamburg - View from the Window at Superbude St. Pauli

Wanna stay at Superbude St Pauli?

Book Your Stay: Superbude St. Pauli


Phone:+49 40 80 79 15 82 0

Address: Superbude St. Pauli, Juliusstraße 1-7, 22769 Hamburg, Germany

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Would you want to stay at this Hamburg hostel? Have you stayed somewhere even stranger than the Superbude St. Pauli? Tell me about it in the comments below.


  • Reply
    August 9, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Not sure if I’d call that strange. its rather cool. I stayed at a hostel in vancouver that was $10 a night. The worst / weirdest hostel I’ve ever stayed at was the American Backpacker hostel in vancouver. Don’t let the higher ratings fool you, the owner trades free nights for good reviews.
    For instance, the front desk:

    • Reply
      Taylor Record
      August 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      I’d call Superbude pretty cool, too. I guess “strange” is relative!

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