Lonely Planet Writer

David Hasselhoff paid a visit to the Berlin hostel that has a shrine to him

Staff and guests at a German hostel were thrilled earlier this week when actor David Hasselhoff dropped in to admire the shrine it has created in his honour. The Baywatch and Knight Rider star turned up at the Circus Hostel in Berlin,  which was a dream finally came true for the Circus Brewery manager, Jared Goldman.

David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel
David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel

The shrine was created ten years ago in the bar by bartender and art student, Sebastian Neeb. It became a place where guests and could light candles or leave a small token of their affection for Hoff’s music, television and humanitarian work. Renovations in 2015 allowed the hostel to materialise its dream of creating the full-blown David Hasselhoff Museum right at the Rosenthaler Platz location.

David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel
David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel

The museum included Hoff’s beloved piano scarf, along with coveted memorabilia from his Knight Rider and Baywatch days and information about his 1989 performance on the Berlin Wall.

There is even a giant mural on the wall of what guests have nicknamed the “Hoffstel” that features fake chest hair. The hostel staff have described the moment that manager Jared discovered 64-year-old Hoff was at the shrine in the flesh as akin to “waking on Christmas morning to find Santa at the end of his bed.”

David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel
David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel

“Jared walked into the museum and found David admiring the museum and filming a Facebook live video where he talked about his time here in Berlin,” they say. “He gleefully regaled tales about the city that has seen so much change in the last 28 years.”

David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel
David Hasselhoff visited the Berlin hostel that has built a shrine to him. Image: The Circus Hostel

The hostel staff are currently campaigning to have the name of their street changed from Weinbergsweg to David-Hasselhoff-Strasse and intend to eventually take the fight to the city of Berlin. In the meantime, they will be delighted to regale anyone who pops in with the tale of the day the Hoff came to visit.