On the 26th of August, 1909, the German school teacher Richard Schirrmann and his pupils were hiking through the woods when they unexpectedly found themselves in the middle of a storm. They looked for shelter, but no one would accommodate them. At last, the school class and its teacher found shelter in a vacant school building. Richard Schirrmann came to a decision: to establish a network of hostels in order to provide shelter for young hikers and travelling groups, come what may.
110 years of hostelling – Still going strong