This is your Swiss knife for backpacking Switzerland. (sorry, we just had to!!) For getting around Switzerland, I highly recommend renting a car. In parts, the train is absolutely gorgeous, but when travelling with more than 1 person, the car is the cheapest way to get around.
Most likely your Swiss adventure will kick start in the capital of Bern.
This beautiful city is a UNESCO world heritage site and is perfect for any traveller interested in historic features and old town city vibes. Unlike many other capital cities across the world, Bern has only a handful of hostels. Quite unusual for Europe.
We had a look at them and we think the best hostel in Bern is:
Bern Youth Hostel (Bern)
If you’d like to stay in a listed building that’s recently had an ultra-modern re-design; look no further!
Let us head up into the beautiful mountains to the small village of Gimmelwald.
Don’t mistake this for the famous resort Grindelwald in the next valley. Oh no, this is far less touristy and one of the offbeat areas backpackers will love!
Get ready for cowbells, wooden huts and stunning mountainous valleys.
And guess what; there is only one hostel in Gimmelwald, and it happens to be awesome.
Mountain Hostel (Gimmelwald)
This is most likely going to be a love at first sight moment for you.
Not only is this hut-style hostel gorgeous, but you’ll also be surrounded by hiking trails, via ferrata and rafting opportunities. Love hiking? Then you will love this country and the alps. Here’s a guide to best hikes in Switzerland.
Certainly a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts!
In the evenings enjoy a game of pool or cards and enjoy a cold beer on the decking. Wonderbar!
You’re about to discover a really useful map below of all the top hostels in Switzerland already mentioned in this article.
From Geneva to Lausanne, from lake to mountain. We hope this map will help you better plan your upcoming backpacking Switzerland adventure!
You can also share this map with all your backpacker buddies.
For getting around Switzerland, I highly recommend renting a car. Make sure you compare the prices of train, bus and car beforehand. It can make a huge difference as Switzerland is not a cheap country to travel.
Good to know: We actually traveled Switzerland by car. We bought our groceries in France since it was much cheaper.
What are the best hostels in Switzerland?
If you are looking for the best hostels in Switzerland, well, this is why we have created this guide for you.
And for other cities, we have collected the best hostels in every city we visit on this guide.
Are hostels in Switzerland safe?
Absolutely: hostels in Switzerland are safe. Yet, of course, it pays to do a few things to keep you and your things safe whilst staying in hostels. Have a read of our Are Hostels Safe? 13 Safety Tips guide.
What is the best hostel in Switzerland for solo travellers?
Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.
Remember to dress for the weather, especially if you’re visiting Switzerland in the winter time!
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Switzerland. It is an amazing country. Yes, it is expensive, but worth it every penny. Hostels will help you to stay within your budget.
This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guide to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Paris, Seoul and Sydney.
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