Welfare Tourism

Bugged Over Beds

Youth Hostel Nürnberger Bürg Source Bernd Telle Handelsblatt
Chic and cheap, German youth hostels.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The German Youth Hostel Association will face a crisis if its tax privileges are revoked.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Private, low-cost competitors say youth hostels have become luxury hotels unfairly supported by public funds.
    • Some hostels offer upscale services that are at odds with youth hostels’ no-frills image.
    • The European Commission’s office is due to investigate the case.
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