Barbarossa Hostel

Barbarossa Hostel, situated in a 150 year old warehouse building, offers its guests stylish, peaceful and centrally located accommodation in the historic centre of Nijmegen.

Located in a quiet square just off the main shopping street, the hostel makes a perfect base to enjoy the contemporary and youthful atmosphere the city has to offer.

Nijmegen is located close to the German border in the province of Gelderland, and is the oldest city in the Netherlands, dating back to the Roman Empire. Hosting a large university and several further education colleges, the city is full of students.

Nijmegen has always been known for its active political youth scene, which means you will likely be welcomed by open-minded and friendly individuals.

The city has access to numerous parks, green areas, trendy pubs, cafés with live music, concert halls and nightclubs. Large festivals are often held in Nijmegen, the most famous of which is the ‘Vierdaagse’ (Four Day March). This walking event is held together
with the “Zomerfeesten” (Summer festivities) and attracts around a million visitors of all ages.

Wintertime is typically windy, rainy and grey, with the occasional bit of snow and some beautifully crisp, sunny days. The perfect time to curl up with a book, watch a movie, or play some board games.

We like to think of our small hostel as one big family where everybody has the space to relax and do their own thing, but also participate to make Barbarossa a better place together. Common spaces include a kitchen, dining and living room, an outside roof terrace. We are looking for adventurous, open-minded and energetic volunteers to join our team. If you are looking to stay for the medium to long-term in a place like Nijmegen, volunteering at Barbarossa is an ideal opportunity to meet people from different walks of life, to discover Dutch culture and to have a great time in this historic and vibrant city. We don’t have preference on gender or sexual orientation, everybody is welcome. ☺ Speaking Dutch and/or German is a plus, but not mandatory.

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Reviews

5.0
61 reviews61

Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

5.0

Brazil

4

It was a very good experience, it is a city in the interior of the Netherlands that has very good infrastructure. I worked as a night shift, the hours were a bit busy and I couldn't enjoy the city on the weekends. However, the flexibility allowed me to work remotely for another job despite the internet not being very good. Another point of attention was that there was a lot of Brazilian language, which hindered my plan to practice English a little.

28 days ago


Hostel replied

Thank you for you feedback Igor.

We are surprised by your remark about the internet, since we have the fastest connection available. We will get them to come by and check it.

We agree with the language feedback and will make sure to keep a better mix in the future.

Thanks again for your help Igor!

Brazil

5

The description of the hostel is very well done. Everything is as described. The hostel is beautiful, well equipped and very well located. Joep is very concerned about the welfare of the volunteers. Erik is simply fantastic and Junior, the other manager, is a true friend, always concerned about looking after the hostel well. He is fantastic! The other volunteers made my stay perfect. The city is beautiful, although a little expensive. However, I recommend staying at Barbarossa to everyone. I'd love to come back here someday.

28 days ago

Brazil

5

The experience here has been great. Everything is exactly as described in the advert. The hostel is well equipped and extremely well located. I met Joep a few days after we arrived and the first thing he asked was if we were OK and if we had everything we needed to be OK. I really appreciated Joep's concern. Erik, the manager, is a very good vibe and runs the hostel very well. He dedicates a lot of his time to the volunteers. Junior, the substitute manager, is very friendly and looks after the hostel as if it were his home. Nothing could be better. I wish I could come back again in the future

28 days ago

Chile

5

I had a blast in Barbarosa hostel, the place has a very good location in downtown to get to visit the city. The working hours are respected and the work is easy to do.
Eventough Joep is not always there he is always aware if the volunteers need something and Eric is a great team leader, always laughing, cheering up everyone and you can always count on him for any doubt.
The other volunteers made the experience much better and Joep has the great idea to made us cook once for the whole team, something from our country so we shared partof our culture to the whole team.
Thank you very much Joep🙌

about 1 month ago

Mexico

5

This was a wonderful experience that allowed me to meet people that will now forever be in my life. Joep is attentive and understanding to our needs, Erick is great company and an amazing leader/friend to have. Overall Barbarossa became my home for almost 3 months. Thank you!

about 1 month ago


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