110 years of hostelling – Still going strong

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.