santa - thanks for the response mate. id have thought berlin would have to be getting towards capacity though. im not really that surprised that it has so many hostels - its probably my favourite city in the world actually. but it seems to be the only city with so many major chains involved. between you guys, circus (now only 1 i know), st chris', generator, meininger, A&O... i cant really think of any city where the market is so developed (london would be the otehr example).
anyway, as someone who's looking at starting my own hostel - i was wondering how you guys went about establishing that berlin was a good option. obviously being based out of munich/vienna makes things somewhat easier. but the question stands - actually i have about a million and would love the chance to pick your brain, but 1 q at a time hey?