Meadows. Forests. Wild orchids. Nothing but nature in Forbach-Herrenwies. Do you want to see right down to the bottom of the water? Or study the bark on the trees? Surrounded by nature conservation meadows and forests, the hostel is in a beautiful location. The landscape is rich in rare plant and animal species. How about staying in a large area designated as a Flora and Fauna Habitat (FFH)? The Franz Köberle Youth Hostel in Herrenwies is a non-school site with a large range of possibilities. Situated in the middle of lovely countryside, this location fosters the creativity and imagination of our guests and is used for environmental education purposes. The Environmental|Hostel, with its environmental laboratory, offers educational programmes on nature, nutrition and technology. The food? Organic, of course. A healthy diet, environmental awareness and the efficient use of resources are the pillars of this accommodation.

In the Environmental|Hostel you can expect:

  • environmentally friendly and socially responsible behaviour and sustainable development at all levels
  • extensive programmes of nature education with the themes of water, earth, air, fire, and astronomy. We offer various programmes in which the children learn through play, observation and research and explore and get to know the local environment.
  • Experiential education programmes such as a treasure hunt with GPS devices, crate climbing, tree climbing, abseiling and making a campfire
  • the efficient use of energy and healthy food
  • the conservation of resources
The hostel is located at the Schwarzwaldhochstraße (Black Forest Road), in a high valley, between the wine-growing village of Buhlertal and the Schwarzenbachtalsperre dam, at a height of about 800 m above sea level.

The Herrenwies Youth Hostel team is looking forward to your visit.


Youth Hostel Forbach-Herrenwies
Franz-Köbele Youth Hostel in Herrenwies

Herrenwies 33
76596 Forbach-Herrenwies

phone: +49 7226 257
fax: +49 7226 1318

Darina-Maria Stohr
Sven-Christian Stohr

Opening hours

The Hostel is open from 7.00 a.m. till 10.00 p.m.
Reception is open from 8.00 a.m. till 2.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.

Admission of preregistered groups possible

Open all year, advance reservation recommended

60 minutes for free up to three times a day


You can now get 60 minutes of free Wi-Fi in all Youth Hostels of Baden-Wuerttemberg! Already used up? No problem! Every eight hours your account is filled up again.

Any further use will be charged. If you have any questions, feel free to ask our receptionists. In most cases Wi-Fi is only available in our common rooms.