Backpacking across Europe can tend to put you in some rather unique situations and places. And if you’re on a budget that usually means you’re staying in hostels, considering some don’t even cost more than $15 per night.
If you’re looking to have some weird ass stories to tell about your Europe experience when you get back home, these nine unusual backpacker haunts will help you accomplish that.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Sky Backpackers Hostel hosted the likes of artists such as David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Van Morrison and even U2. It was previously the Litton Lane Recording Studio, and it still celebrates its musical heritage today.
HOSTEL FRANZ FERDINAND
Attention World War I history buffs, there’s a hostel dedicated entirely to the history of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.
If you ever wanted to feel what it would be like to be in prison without actually committing a crime, Langholmen Hostel in Stockholm gets pretty close to the real deal. A 135 year old prison, your complimentary Wi-Fi comes with bolted cell doors and a pretty sweet courtyard.
Located in the village of Karterados, Caveland Hostel is indeed very much like a cave. It was originally built as a winery back in the 1700s, and its pastel-colored walls decor is about as Grecian as it gets.
KADIRS TREE HOUSE
Accomplishing your childhood dreams of sleeping in a badass tree house is always cool. Kadirs Tree House in Olympos has rooms that can fit up to five people, and has a restaurant and a glorious “pizza house” on site.
LAVENDER CIRCUS HOSTEL
There’s nothing too insane about Lavender Circus hostel in Budapest, but the hostel set in a historical apartment building is known for having some of the most uniquely decorated rooms. Hey, had to throw one semi-normal hostel on this list.
You can actually stay in a floating hostel on the Danube River in Serbia’s capital city. Hostel Arkabarca is only a 20-minute walk from the city’s center, and offers some pretty sweet views of one of Europe’s most famous rivers.
ST BRIAVELS CASTLE
St Briavels, England
This castle turned hostel is yes, 800 years old so it is most likely going to be a little freaky to stay in. But much of the castle’s original rooms are still intact, making for a unique hostel experience.
YASIN’S PLACE: THE CAVE HOTEL
You can actually stay in an authentic Cappadocian cave house while visiting Turkey. Homes carved into rocks from thousands of years ago have now been transformed to a super cool hostel, appropriately called The Cave Hotel.
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