History of the Youth Hostel Amsterdam

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In the 70’s Amsterdam was filled to the brim with hippies – restless wanderers searching for the meaning of life and happiness. Amsterdam was one of the main gathering places where hippies would meet, and the parks and camps were constantly full of them. At that time, there were very few youth hostels in Amsterdam. Seeing this need, a Christian organization, “Tot Heil Des Volks” (translated: For the Salvation of the People), decided to open up a youth hostel Amsterdam that could be a safe haven, a refuge for the travelers.  


The Birth of a Youth Hostel Amsterdam

Youth Hostel Amsterdam OpeningArmed with nothing but a dream, the organization renovated an old charity school and turned it into a youth hostel in Amsterdam. And even though they didn’t have the experience, money, or knowledge to embark on such an endeavor, everything worked out for the best. They took a leap of faith, and the rest fell into place.


Most populair Hostel AmsterdamKnowledgeable people volunteered to help get things started, and lots of people donated bunk beds and other necessities to The Shelter Jordan – our first youth hostel in Amsterdam. Within no time, the hostel was full every single night. It was a huge success, but there was still a big need. So they opened a second location; the Shelter City Youth Hostel Amsterdam was opened in 1972.


"In 2015 and 2016, the Shelter City was awarded 'The Most Popular Hostel in Amsterdam' by HostelWorld.com."


Cozy, Warm, and Friendly – Youth Hostel Amsterdam

Youth Hostel Amsterdam BarThe Shelter Youth Hostels in Amsterdam are famous for their friendly, warm, and cozy atmosphere. The volunteers here are not working for money but out of a desire to serve God. Their work comes from a deep passion for people and hospitality. That’s what you can feel when you’re here. We are a Shelter, a place where you feel at home, safe and relaxed.

Our reception desk is open 24 hours a day, with someone to help you with whatever you need. Our youth hostel Amsterdam also offers several discount tickets for museums, canal cruises, bike rentals, and more.


Our Cozy Café – In Our Youth Hostel Amsterdam

Youth Hostel Amsterdam MusicOur café is where you can meet new people and chill. The café is our living room: a place to read a book, play a game with someone, or just hang out. In the summer months at our youth hostel in Amsterdam, you can also hang out in our lovely garden, enjoy the sunshine, and play a game of darts. In our youth hostel Amsterdam, you can purchase a wide variety of snacks and meals. Come experience why so many guests come back again and again!


A One of a Kind Youth Hostel in Amsterdam

Youth Hostel Amsterdam Activities

The Shelter Youth Hostels in Amsterdam are not just hostels; they are our home, open to you. Guests often tell us that this hostel is like a warm bath, a breath of fresh air. We believe our heart and our atmosphere makes us the best youth hostels in Amsterdam. We want to be a place for meeting new people, a shelter for finding rest.


Youth Hostel Amsterdam Great AtmosphereWe want to help you make the most out of this beautiful city, and we want to share our lives with you. That’s why we organize a grand variety of activities, from authentic Dutch food tastings to free dinners or Bible meditations. These are all completely free. Check the schedule of our activities in our hostels in Amsterdam. You can also relax in the café with a tea and a good book. We’d love to get to know you, so come visit our sweet home!


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Shelter City Hostel Amsterdam

Shelter Jordan Hostel Amsterdam


Two hostels in the city centre of Amsterdam


Shelter city Hostel Amsterdam
   Close to Central Station and Dam square
   Charming historic building
   Great courtyard/garden with lounge
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  Shelter Jordan Hostel Amsterdam
   Friendly, welcoming hostel
   In the trendy Jordan area, in the old city centre
   Closest hostel to Anne Frank House
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Most populair Hostel Amsterdam