A+O Hostels



Teachers' Area

This page is all about useful facts for teachers and their accompanying adults.

As a specialist in accommodating school classes A&O offers lots of great features that are important for your class trip because just like our CEO Oliver Winter repeatedly emphasizes: “We accommodate school classes because we WANT to.”

Note: Group trips can be booked clicking here: A&O groups


An overview of A&O's services

  • Free accommodation for every 21st student
  • Special low-priced conditions for the night of Sunday to Monday
  • Very reasonable prices from November to February
  • Beverages and WiFi free of charge for teachers and accompanying adults
  • Free use of our A&O lounge service for teachers and accompanying adults
  • Room categories in hotel and hostel area varying from single beds to 8 bed dorms
  • Trained personnel and night-time supervisors
  • Conference rooms for meetings and daily preparations in the group free of charge
  • EdYOUtain – A&O’s creative concept enhancing the community feeling
  • Assistance with programme development of your trip and ticket service in every A&O
  • Varied all-you-can-eat breakfast
  • Packed lunch and catering service upon request

Since both you as a teacher as well as parents or accompanying adults take great care in finding a suitable and qualitatively high accommodation standard for your upcoming class trip, A&O gets tested precisely in those areas by independent institutions.


A&O has been awarded the following labels:

•    4 Stars for high-class quality management in the field of Children- and Youth Travel (awarded by the Federal Forum for Children and Youth Travel)
•    the quality label ‘Travel Network Germany’ (rewarded by Association of Youth Travel)

•   the TUV quality label in the area of „Youth Hostel Quality Standard“ (awarded by TÜV Rheinland)

•  2 Stars and respectively 2 stars superior for our hotel part (classified by the official German hotel star company DEHOGA)


The A&O lounge service for teachers and accompanying adults:

Our A&O lounge which you can use as a rest area or to prepare you class trips is equipped with comfy sofas, kettle with a choice of coffee and tea, a workstation with computer and printer, telephone and fax machine. The fax can be used worldwide and the phone service to any landline in Germany is completely free of charge. In addition, you often find information material to the respective city; you are welcome to take it as an inspiration for your class trip.
The A & O Lounge itself can easily be opened with your key card.

Directly upon check-in you and your bus driver will receive a Special Guest Card, allowing you to get non-alcoholic beverages at the bar for free at any time.



In case you have to cancel your class trip or any other serious reasons might keep you from travelling, you can review these following cancellation terms:

Groups of 10* persons:

- Until 4 weeks before arrival free of charge
- Up to 2 weeks before arrival 50% of the agreed total price
- Until 8 days before arrival 75% of the agreed total price
- From the 7th day prior to arrival 90% of the agreed total price

Groups of 20* persons:

- Until 8 weeks before arrival free of charge
- Until 4 weeks before arrival 50% of the agreed total price
- Until 8 days before arrival 75% of the agreed total price
- From the 7th day prior to arrival 90% of the agreed total price

* The decisive factor is the maximum number of people in the booking process



As the travel planning for the next school trip repeats itself year after year, we look forward to seeing you again in one of our houses in the coming years. Our standards for teachers and students are alike in each of our houses, while remaining distinctively unique!

For your information we have listed all A&O cities in a brief summary:

•    A&O Group Travel Catalogue
•    A&O Sales Guide
•    GTC
•    Rules of the house
•    CO2 brochure
•    Overview of seminar rooms and their capacities
•    Application form for events (technology/ F&B catering/ premises)

If you would like to use a meeting room with your class longer than the first free hour, the price for renting the conference room is reduced by 5€/ per booked room.  Additionally, you can book an OH projector and flipchart including consumables completely free of charge. Furthermore, a screen, seating (according to your wishes) and basic cleaning is included along with the rental price.

The picture gallery gives you a first impression of our premises.

Moving Boxes





Additional information:

•    CO2 calculator:
Many teachers structure their class trip thematically and within this theme finding process we often get to hear about the limits of creating a character-moulding and environmentally conscious value for students that goes beyond the obvious cultural, lingual and historical choices for a class trip.

We have taken this statement to heart because we ourselves are pioneers in the field of education and sustainable development (see Sponsoring and Sustainability). That is why we and our partner Viabono have developed a web based tool dealing with environmental education in order to create more environmental awareness among students.

Your class can then calculate its own CO2 emissions by filling in individual components of the class trip, such as the means of transport or the activities during the trip. The evaluation works via traffic light principle, the greener the colour, the more environmentally friendly is the class trip.

Click here to test the CO2 calculator!

•    Catering:
The group room rate already includes a rich all you can eat breakfast. For you and your students this means a choice of cereals, whole grain products, fresh bread, yoghurt, cottage cheese, various meats and cheeses, tea, coffee, juices, and fruit and salad.  
We also cater for in-between and afterwards: Lunch packs consisting of sandwiches, a chocolate bar, a piece of fruit and a cold drink are provided for as well as lunch or dinner (salad, main course, dessert). The latter we can also offer vegetarian (on request). As a special class experience a barbecue evening can be organized in nearly all A&O houses, of course depending on weather conditions.

•    Recreation:
In keeping with our EdYOUtain concept for an increased use of social spaces, we offer you and your class group rooms and bars with table soccer, billiard, table tennis and Wii Lounge. Our libraries for children and adults as well as the PhotoFun boxes in many of our houses are very popular.

Especially school trips are supposed to bring students together: what else could you ask for than shared experiences like karaoke, disco or events created by your own students?

We also support you with your travel itinerary and give you some tips for a city trip with the whole group.
Here you find a small choice with appealing ideas, alphabetically orderd city by city:







For inquiries, suggestions or further questions please use our contact form.

Otherwise, our staff will be happy to answer all your questions at +49 (0) 30 80 94 7 – 5110.

We look forward to welcoming you and your class!