At the Circus we are strong supporters of hostelling in general and independent hostels in particular. Below we have some recommendations for hostels we know are good, or that have been recommended to us by others. If you have a suggestion, please let us know.
We are also members of a number of hostel organisations:
The German Backpacker Network: independent hostels across Germany - www.backpackernetwork.de
Europe's Famous Hostels: a collection of some of the best hostels across Europe -
European Hostel Cooperation: A Europe-wide hostel network that supports hostels and runs the backpacking portal www.gomio.com.