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Deepdale Farm Backpackers, Deepdale, Norfolk, England -
Located on the 2004 "most beautiful farm in Britain" the hostel works hard on environmental issues to the extent that it has won many awards and is partly funded by DEFRA. It runs a huge amount of impact reducing measures including solar heating, countryside protection, recycling projects and wind turbines in partnership with major universities. Dorms, private rooms and camping.



Grenau: Treehouse Hotel -
located in a traditional, little village in Upper Austria, here you will find beautiful countryside, crystal clear lakes and majestic mountains with rafting, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding, and swimming.


Jeugdherberg "De Ploate" -
A modern hostel in 82 Langestraat with a particular specialism -they run "sea classes" in earth education, wave-breakers, tidal zones and visits to nature reserves, all escorted by experienced marine guides.


Art Hostel, Sofia -
A cultural hub as well as sleeping house around a Sofia garden and linked to Tchmalia eco village, the long term project of the Destination Bulgaria Foundation. The organisation is also dedicated to the visual arts and music with regular events and exhibitions.

Czech Republic:

Prague: Sir Toby's Hostel - Centrally located art nouveau hostel where " a stranger is just a friend we haven't met yet"


Danhostel Ribe (HI), Ribe -
Rustic hostel located in Denmark's oldest town, close to the Viking centre, medieval architecture and the Wadden Sea national park. Features a raft of low impact features including energy management, organic food, low water use toilets. Composting and others.


Helsinki: Eurohostel - the biggest hostel in Helsinki is centrally located in a traditional Finish house.


L'Orri de planès, Planès, Cambre d'Aze mountain -
Beautiful lodge and refuge offering dorms, surrounded by stunning scenery next to a trail in the French Pyrenees. Big on ecologically friendly policies, the lodge has large solar panels to cover its power needs, flow reducers on the showers and only serves organic and local food, amongst a raft of other features. 38 Beds.


JetPak Hostels, Berlin -
2 environmentally run and extremely popular (No. 4 in the world) hostels in downtown Berlin, family run and offering great access to all of Berlin's attractions and nightlife. The power all comes from renewable sources, the heating is co2 neutral, solar panels heat the water and all waste is separated.


Dadia Lodge and Ecotourism Centre, Evros -
Lodge located in the forest reserve of Dadia, one of the last refuges for predatory birds in Europe, with 36 of 38 Europe's predatory bird species. The Lodge is built in the local architectural style, and offers 20 rooms with shower. The centre organises hiking ecotours into the forest.


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Killeany Lodge, Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway -
A small lodge, situated in a quiet village on the Aran Islands and owned by a local non-profit organisation. They promote responsible tourism and use a range of eco-practices including organic growth, using energy responsibly and using traditional methods for renovation, amongst other methods. 20 Beds. Not open over Winter.


Beehive, Rome -
Owned by Americans Steve and linda, this contemporary eco friendly hostel and vegetarian café. It offers a fine sense of design, free wifi, a cozy lounge and organic garden, but you will not find air-conditioning, televisions and pub crawls here. Double, triple and dormitory rooms for up to eight people.


Amsterdam: House Boat Hotel -self catering privately owned accomodation on houseboats - also offer short stay apartments.


Preikestolhytta:Pulpit Pock, Stavanger -
South and family hostel set in beautiful cabin overlooking the stunning Lyse Fjord in Starvanger. A new eco cabin is being built for opening in late 2008.


Elephant on the Moon -the first eco hostel in Krakow concerns itself with energy saving and recycling along with presenting a number of specialities using the locally grown organic apples.


Iona Hostel -a sanctuary tucked in amongst the rocky outcrops and flower meadows of a working croft on the Island of Iona. The hostel enjoys views out to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, and the distant Black Cuillins of Skye beyond. Green tourism gold award.


Urbany Hostel Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya -
One of Barcelona's newest backpacker establishments, this hostel offers all the usual necessities and even a pool! The hostel claims to be the first eco-friendly building in Barcelona, featuring rainwater harvesting, recycling containers, low consumption light bulbs and low consumption showers. 400 beds.
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City Backpackers, Stockholm -

One of Stockholm's most popular and centrally located backpackers. All the usual features and a sauna. The hostel has an environmentally friendly policy including recycling, renewable energy and efficient whitewares.
Kolarbyn -
describes itself as Sweden's most primitive hotel -stay in a forest hut -you are provided with firewood, matches, sheepskin blanks and primitive cooking facilities. Bring warm clothing!


Zermatt youth hostel (HI), Zermatt -
Hostel in a car free town in the Swiss Alps overshadowed by the imposing Matterhorn. Perfect for mountain climbers and skiers alike. The hostel was redeveloped using sustainable practices and also has worked to reduce consumption of water and power, deploys environmentally friendly materials and buys environmentally compliant goods.

Rest of the World:


Macleod Ecofarm, French Island, Victoria -
Cosy two person bunkrooms for budget travellers, and a guesthouse that sleeps up to thirty; some of these rooms are with beautiful Bay views; self-catering kitchen or prepared organic meals.

New Zealand

Eco Inn, New Plymouth -
A unique solar, hydro and wind powered property on the edge of Egmont National Park offering self catering accommodation. Outstanding mountain and rural views. Small-holding and organic vegetable garden. A great place for a retreat, intimate holiday, or base for walks. This enviromentally friendly property offers: lake, hot-tub, tree-house, flying fox, farm animals, BBQ and extensive gardens. Walking distance to mountain tracks.


The inn crowd travel hub - The inn crowd is a travel hub giving tips to people travelling around singapore and is also an internet cafe and hostel.


Shadowcliff, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado -
An eco-friendly mountain sanctuary and retreat run by Bridging The Gap, whose vision is to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy and community. Accommodation is in the larger lodges or simple cabins. Catering can be provided for larger groups, otherwise self-catering facilities are provided. Fantastic hiking and they run a series of sustainability workshops.

South America:

La Torre Suiza, Chile- A Backpackers Paradise in the chilean lake district.
A small hostel for the independent budget traveler, built as a wooden Swiss-Chalet. The Swiss owners, Claudia & Beat Zbinden, sold all their belongings in 1993 and cycled halfway round the world before settling in Villarrica.

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