Last week I started off our list of unusual hostels with castle hostels, lighthouse hostels, and treehouse hostels. To round our the collection, how about sleeping in a train hostel on a track to nowhere or a boat that never leaves port? These hostels are parked for good, but provide unique sleeping quarters for backpackers and other budget travelers. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
The Train in Lund, Sweden – Since May 1989 the STF Youth Hostel The Train has been parked on a blind track about 200 m north of Lund railway station on the west side of the trunk line, it is surrounded by park land and former allotments. Through a pedestrian tunnel under the railway, or over a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, you reach the cathedral and other sights in five minutes.
Sleeperzzz in Rogart, Scotland – Sleeperzzz is good for walking, cycling, bird-watching and sitting watching the world go by! Fishing is available on the River Fleet. The magnificent Dunrobin Castle is 9 miles/14 km away. Whisky can be tasted at Glenmorangie Distillery near Tain (18 miles/28 km) and Clynelish Distillery, Brora (14 miles/23 km). Brora is also a good place to spot seals.
Eastern Comfort Hostel Boat in Berlin, Germany – The hostelboat ‘eastern comfort’, moored between two very lively districts in the center of town, looks forward to welcome you onboard with its modern, luxurious atmosphere it´s unique in berlin! Through the portholes of our 2nd class four-bed, triple-bed, single-bed, but mainly double bedcabins, you can see and hear the rippling of the river ‘Spree’, the main river leading through Berlin.
Nyhavn Boat Hostel in Copenhagen, Denmark – Nyhavn Boat Hostel was originally built in 1918 s a lightship by the boat builder Rasmus Møller in Faaborg on Funen. The ship represents Danish ship builder tradition beautifully. Efficient heating ensures that the weather is never a problem on board.
The Red Boat Mälaren in Stockholm, Sweden – A cosy river side hostel and hotel aboard two lovely boats in the heart of Stockholm, within walking distance of everything. It is located where Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea meet, where you can watch boats passing through the lock, take a stroll down the small alleys in the historical Old Town only five minutes walk from the boat, or you can have a beer in one of several pubs on Södermalm.