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June 7, 2017

New in Town

Hello!!! My name is Lindsay, I’m a Canadian living and working abroad in Europe. I love my job as an english assistant in Spain and I love my summers travelling and volunteering in hostels around Europe!

You’ve been here around for a week now! What have you been doing during that week?

I’ve been meeting new people everyday and exploring the Neustadt, Altstadt, biergartens, and Gorlitzer S with people from all over the world. I’m enjoying great kebab, drinking great beer and taking beginner German lessons at the hostel! I’ve also had my first potluck BBQ here and it was great!

Sounds pretty cool! Where have you been traveling so far?

I’ve lived abroad in Europe twice over the past 4 years. In University I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for a year and travelled all over Europe in 2013. Now I’ve been living in Spain since October 2015 to teach English and spending my summers doing workaways and travelling.  

San Marino, Italy                      Merzouga, Morocco

Brugges, Belgium

Is this your first volunteering?

No, I’ve been an AuPair before as well as a volunteer in a hostel in Antwerp, Belgium for 6 weeks.

I love living in a hostel full of travellers. The stories and friends you collect are the best souvenirs.

What are your plans with the guests staying with us?

It seems many people use Dresden as a stop-over place between Berlin and Prague and I want guest’s expectations of this little city to be surpassed by its beautiful architecture in Old Town and it’s lively and unique bar scene based right outside the front door of Lollis Homestay. The hostel itself, with the free bike rentals, free German lessons, free meals, nightlife-centric location and cozy atmosphere is the perfect catalyst for a good time in this city.

Do you have any weekly schedule?

My schedule revolves around the free dinners/BBQs three times per week, but I would like to accustom myself with the weekly schedules for live music, events and themed nights that the neighbourhood nightlife has so I can recommend a fun unique experience to guests for a little after-dinner fun on any night of the week.

BBQ at Lollis Homestay, Dresden, Germany

Do you have any specific highlights in your pipeline?

I plan to do things like Saxon Switzerland National Park and the Bastei Bridge in the coming days, which I hear are spectacular! But so far I loved riding bikes along the banks of the Elbe with a couple guests and creating an impromptu picnic.

(River Elbe) Dresden, Germany

For how long will you be with us? 

I’ll be staying at Lollis until the first week of July, then I’ll be returning to my hometown of Toronto, Canada for a quick visit before the school year starts again in Spain.

How can people meet you at the hostel or get in touch with you?

I love to hang around the kitchen and living room chatting with newcomers, so you’ll usually find me there if I’m not already out exploring the city. Online you can find me on instagram @ packup_travel_repeat. DM me if you have any questions about Dresden, Spain or anywhere I’ve posted about! I love swapping advice about travel and living in different countries!

Seville, Spain



May 25, 2017

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Victoria Rando @ 4:34 pm

the tough life as a volunteer

to whom it may concern,

to every reader, traveller, visitor, wanderer:

some considerations about dresden, neustadt and lollis homestay.

i was lucky enough to start working as a volunteer two weeks ago in one of the nicest backpackers hostel i have ever been to: lollis homestay (oh no one saw that coming, right?)

i have stayed in more than 20 hostels around europe so far: the so-called “party hostels”, some smaller ones, bigger ones, sometimes not even a hostel but a crappy room in some crappy building, and fewer times in some nice, cosy and familiar-like hostels. all in all, it’s always a mistery, it can go either way, because even in the worst place i have stayed, i could manage to have a nice time. it’s all about the people, the energy and the surroundings. it’s the city and its vibe, its atmosphere. the little details. and here at lollis it’s all about the details. but actually you can check that in the website, so now let’s talk about my experience here so far.

the first time i heard about what my job as a volunteer would consist on, i couldn’t entirely believe it. not only i would get to know a lot of people from different countries, but i would be doing so while organizing hiking trips, bike rides, being outside enjoying the surroundings or even hanging around town, which has tons of things to explore as well.  

this all sounded too good to be true, but it turned out to be a fact.

the first time i visited the saxon switzerland national park was with a lovely, funny, clever guest from france. 40 minutes by train from dresden and you can find trees sooo perfectly green that all the photoshop in the world could not buy.

the first time i visited the großer garten and the botanical garden was after a bike ride to the old town with some other great guests from australia.

and the first time i visited ostpol, rosi’s and lude -all local bars and pubs in neustadt- was also with guests from different parts of the world. i got to discover the city with them -some times i did all by myself, of course, but it was always better with guests-.

what is the best part about it? knowing more about people; their reasons why the travel; why europe, why germany, why dresden and not another place; why now and not before, or later. sharing our experiences; everything. everyone has different reasons and some of them are beyond incredible.

what is the “worst” part about it? well, even if some guests stay a little longer than they expected (always thrilling), rather sooner than later they will continue their trip and, i must say, goodbyes are never fun. still, i’m more than grateful for the time we spent together and how they let me be part of their trip to dresden.

for me being here feels like being part of a small communitty. where we can cook together (twice a week there are free veggie dinners and also a bbq, which i’m in charge of by the way!), we go out, not only to bars but also to the park or for a walk around neustadt, some other times we play cards or different boardgames, and so on.

probably you will think you don’t need to stay as long as 2 weeks in dresden to know it all and to explore everything, but for me, after being a little more than two weeks in this city, more specifically in neustadt, it’s still not enough.

neustadt is the place to be, and lollis is where you should stay if you want to feel at home, with strangers (but really high quality friendly ones).



May 18, 2017

Karl May Fest 26.-28.05.2017

Karl May Fest– One of my favourites!













This traditional local festival celebrates the German writer Karl May, author of dozens of books about the Wild West like “Winnetou”.

He was fascinated by the Wild West and the Orient, but only

in 1908 shortly before he died he was able to visit North America (Buffalo, Niagara Water Falls, Albany).

Karl May was born in 1842 and he lived and died in Radebeul in 1912 (a small town very close to Dresden). This is why the town of Radebeul celebrates this awesome festival! The festival will be celebrated in the “Lößnitzgrund” along the small Lößnitz River (a very beautiful part of Radebeul, near the vineyards, a forest and the very old part of town with nice frame houses).

On the huge festival area you can see horse riding competitions, a Native- American Camp (mostly run by European fans in costumes), the Cowboy Camp or the traditional train raid (with a real steam train, called the “Lößnitz- Dackel”) but you can also eat, drink or go for gold- seeking in the river and much more!

Everybody is dressed as Old Shatterhand or Winnetou or other fictitious people from the books.

Get there

by tram No. 4 from Dresden, direction “Radebeul” or “Coswig” to “Radebeul Weintraube” to “Landesbühnen Sachsen” station

or take the S- Bahn S1 direction “Meissen” to Radebeul-Ost” station


free entrance on Friday

9 € for adults on Saturday

7 € for adults on Sunday

(cheaper if you buy a weekend ticket in advance at Karl-May-Museum Radebeul, Konzertkasse am Florentinum or Tourist Information Radebeul)

programme download here.



Dackel raid



May 16, 2017

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marc @ 10:43 am

Meet our new team member – Victoria!

Hello fellow readers,
today we want to introduce our volunteer Victoria from Argentina.
She’ll be around at the hostel organizing several hiking tours, bike tours, fun activities in the near surrounding or classic tours through the Old town of Dresden.
But first we asked her a couple of questions:
You’ve been here around for a week now! What have you been doing during that week?
I think I’ve been doing all the touristic things you can do in dresden in order to know the city more and have an actual idea of what to do when I meet new guests at the hostel. I’ve been to the Old Town, but I’ve been more around the Neustadt, Alaunsplatz and riding a bike next to the Elbe. Oh, and also I’ve been trying to visit all the different pubs and biergartens around of course.
Sounds pretty cool! Where have you been traveling so far?
Before I got here, I spent more or less seven months in Spain, visiting as much as possible since I was studying in Madrid and could go everywhere from there. I also visited Napoli for a few days, Düsseldorf and Köln. 
Is this your first volunteering?
No, I used to work as a volunteer in Madrid as well in a hostel called Las Musas. I actually started there for 1 month and ended up staying 3 haha. Deciding to move out of Madrid and leaving the hostel was a really hard decision to make, but I was also really looking forward to come to Germany so it had to be done. 
What are your plans with the guests staying with us?
I would like people to discover and embrace what a beautiful city this is. I want them to love how multicutural and artistic this neighbourhood is; but I think the most important part as well would be that they feel comfortable at the hostel and with the idea of meeting new people all the time. We are all travellers, we all have stories and basically you don’t need much more than that to make a good connection and have a good time.
Do you have any weekly schedule?
Not so far really, because on one hand I still feel pretty new here so I have things to discover as well every week, and also because it really depends on the guests and how they feel. I understand if after being out walking the whole day they maybe don’t want to go out again at night, so we can arrange just having some beers at the hostel, playing any board game or some cards (UNO is the favourite one so far) and just relaxing there.
Do you have any specific highlights in your pipeline?
I have really enjoyed going to the Saxon Switzerland National Park area with one of the guests from the hostel, seeing the Bastei Bridge, enjoying the view from there, having a picnic, hiking and just getting lost in the woods. 
Also on the 8th of May I was lucky enough to just be having a beer in Assie-Eck when a lot of firecrackers and fireworks started to commemorate the end of the WWII. It was exciting, lively and very peaceful. It was not a riot, it was more like a celebration. I really loved it.
For how long will you be with us? 
In the hostel I think only one month, but I’m trying to see if I can stay longer in Dresden since I like a lot so far. It has everything I was looking for in a city: nature and parks really close by, a good nightlife and atmosphere, an interesting history and welcoming people. 
How can people meet you at the hostel or get in touch with you?
I’m usually around in the common areas either talking or playing games with other guests, but if we are out, in the reception anyone can ask for my number and write to me, or just ask the receptionist to give me a call to see where we are with the rest of the guests.
So to cut things short – get in touch with Victoria, if you want to experience the city of Dresden in a very special, fun and vibrant way!!
She will be here to get you around, to show you her favorite spots and to entertain you as much as possible!

May 15, 2017

AusserHausFestival from 30.06. to 02.07.2017

Join this small festival near Dresden/ Freiberg, the Ausser Haus Festival!

This is a very small and alternative FESTIVAL in the beautiful surroundings of Dresden. Forest, open fields and your tent!

Expect a chilled festival area, good for relaxing, children and a vibrant young local crowd. A lake is near by, so bring your swimsuit.

the tent area, it is inclusive.



“Shortcuts” (Game Boy Boogie Woogie)

“Pigeon” (Future/ Noise Pop/ No-Wave)

“Strand Child” (Indie, Alternative Rock, Dream Rock)

“Lingua Nada” (Indie/ Noise Rock)

and more…

start/ general information:

  • camping site open on 30.06.2017, 14:00
  • concerts starts at 19:00
  • parking available and inclusive, but save the nature and use the train!
  • food and drinks available on the festival area (also vegetarian)
  • dogs allowed only on the camping site


  • (20 €) available until 24.06.2017 here!
  • free for kids till 16 years




  • no open fire (there are official fire places)
  • no barbecue
  • be nice
  • take your trash to the bins or take it home again
  • no own food, no own beverages (sorry!)
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Juliane @ 8:01 am

Tolerade- parade for respect on 20.05.2017

Tolerade– parade for respect, cooperation and tolerance

official tolerade flyer


Empathize – empathy for people, against discrimination
Dance – enthusiasm for electronical music, freedom in movement
Mobilize – join us, take care of each other, intervention, play your part!

You demonstrade, you dance for respect and tolerance! You can participate for free and in the evening you can join the official tolerade party. Any idea is welcome: colourful costumes, your own prepared waggon or bike, hand barrow or just come on foot! All collected money goes to refugee relief or integration help initiatives.

Start breakfast and waggons preparation:

around 10:00 Alexander Puschkin Platz at parking space of Puschkin Club (tram 9 or 4 to “Alexander Puschkin Platz”)

Start demonstration:

14:00 at Train Station Neustadt (tram 6 or 11 to “Neustädter Bahnhof”)

16:00 at Postplatz (tram 8, 11 to “Postplatz”)

18:00 Albertplatz (tram 3, 11, 7 or 8 to Albertplatz)

18:15 Alaunplatz (at New Town, tram 13 to “Alaunplatz”)

21:00 Club “Sektor Evolution” (at Industrial Area, tram 7 or 8 to “Industriegelände)

Start party:

21:00 Club “Sektor Evolution” (at Industrial Area, tram 7 or 8 to “Industriegelände)

Donate here.

Tolerade on Facebook


April 27, 2017

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Lolli @ 8:02 am

New: The Lollis Homestay App

Lollis Homestay now also has an app for your phone. With the Lollis Homestay app you will be able to find all the good local spots which we would recommend you to visit in Dresden. It has lots of local tips off the beaten track.

Main features of the app include:
– a complete guide of local places to visit
– make an instant confirmed reservation
– write feedback directly to the managers
– directions to find us
– news, review us on Tridavisor, Facebook news

Lollis Homestay App für Android installieren Lollis Homestay App für I-Phones installieren