I had been told of ‘The Tent’ hostel in Munich by someone I shared a room with whilst in Luxembourg. Supposedly an Institution on the backpackers circuit, The Tent is pretty much just that, a giant tent that houses 100 bunk beds inside, meaning a total of 200 people can share the same sleeping space on any one night!
Initially, the idea of it didn’t appeal to me, as I’d already experienced excessive snoring or late night/early morning arrivals that interrupted normal sleep when only sleeping with a few other people in a room, not to mention having money taken from a dormitory when only sharing with 5 others! However, the intrigue of the dynamics of this place, as well as the ultra-cheap price of 13 Euros a night, convinced me to book 3 nights thereThe place was pretty much as it had been described to me. As well as the Tent there were shower blocks, a social area and restaurant and a bar. The bohemian feel to the place certainly attracted the alternative backpacker who roamed around in their yoga pants all day waiting for the evening camp fire to be lit! actually the hostel had a very feel good feel about it.
My first night was their ‘Stein Night’ where people would mingle with the traditional Stein glasses full of beer – this obviously helped people to socialise get to know each other and a great night was had by all, however this meant I certainly made more use of my bed than normal the next day!
The thing that amazed me the most about The Tent was how quiet it was when people were sleeping. There was a strict 1am closure at the bar, when staff would then ensure people would all head to bed, but once in there the whole area – which was vast, was almost silent! As I lay in bed it was almost eerie knowing there were so many people around me with little sound other than the distant breathing of another backpacker here or there. Perhaps it was the fresh air that poured through the open tent doors, but ironically, I probably got some of my best nights sleep there during the first weeks of my travels!