Questions & answers on the German Youth Hostel Association

What goals does the German Youth Hostel Association pursue?

The German Youth Hostel Association - or Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk in German, DJH for short – is a non-profit organisation. It works predominantly for the benefit of young people from all over the world. It promotes mutual understanding and the peaceful co-existence, completely irrespective of a person's gender, race, religion, ideology or political party.

What is a Youth Hostel?

Youth Hostels are accommodation that is run by the German Youth Hostel Association. Meanwhile, the "Youth Hostel" brand has become so popular that others would like to call themselves Youth Hostels, too. You will recognise the original by the DJH logo, and you will only find original Youth Hostels on


There are Youth Hostels all over Germany and many more all over the world. Different Hostels specialise in different areas. We call these specialised offers profiles. Profiles create space for learning and making experiences. Youth Hostels are family-friendly, run by professionals, and offer good value for money.

Is it true that Youth Hostels have been around for 100 years?

Yes! In 1909, Richard Schirrmann, a teacher, had the idea of providing cheap accommodation with the intention of granting school children from industrial cities an opportunity to discover nature. Today, the German Youth Hostel Association affords guests from all over the world an opportunity to meet and get to know each other. This way, it promotes mutual understanding among people and peoples, and peaceful co-existence. In 2009, the Youth Hostels celebrated their 100th anniversary.

How can I get contribute to the Youth Hostel Association's cause?

Every member makes a contribution and supports our work with their membership fee. (The fee, by the way, is tax-deductable as a donation to a non-profit organisation). Of course we are always happy to receive donations above the membership fee: they help preserve Youth Hostels.


But many people in Germany also contribute by doing voluntary work for the Youth Hostel Association. They support the Youth Hostels in their region by working for local or district organisations. If you would like to know more about this: the Regional Associations will be happy to give you more information.