Almost the standard by which other hostels should be measured, the Circus is a rarity – simple but stylish, warm and comfortable. And the upper-floor apartments have balconies and lovely views. The laid-back staff can help get discount tickets to almost anything, or give directions to the best bars and clubs, of which there are plenty nearby. Deservedly popular, this place is always full, so be sure to book ahead. Just across the Platz, the owners also run the moderately priced Circus Hotel, whose 63 double rooms, each with private bath, surround a central terraced winter garden and café. Their breakfast buffets are bountiful, with an excellent choice of organic granolas. Useful things like laptops are available to rent, as well as bikes, segways and even electric motorbikes.