Are you in search of the best hostels in Switzerland? You’ve certainly landed on the right page. Here we’ve collected the coolest hostels for backpacking Switzerland just for you.
Switzerland is the perfect destination for hiking, skiing and tasting of great food.
Wait until you see some of the hostels nestled in the mountains – the location and architectural design is fantastic!
We’ve included all of the main destinations such as Zermatt, Zurich and Lausanne. Unfortunately, there are no super impressive hostels (a few exceptions are around!) here and as you’ll see; every destination we’ve included has only one hostel listed.
However, the chosen top hostels in Switzerland are a good option for solo travellers, couples on a budget and backpackers Switzerland.
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.
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.
Airbnb in Switzerland
Another popular option for many travellers in Switerland is staying at an Airbnb.
On this site, you can rent a local apartment of find a room and stay at a local’s house. For some destinations in the world, Airbnb is an amazing way to book your accommodation.
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.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is 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. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.