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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!
The Hyve Hostel offers a variety of accommodation choices, from dorms to single, double, and family rooms. If you are a couple looking for privacy, this is the perfect spot for you. There are also capsules available for up to four people, with either an underwater or forest theme.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and most come with a balcony that offers beautiful views of nearby parks.
If you’re a fan of history and looking for somewhere to stay, then Basel Backpack is the perfect place for you! We have a wide range of rooms available, including dorms, single and double beds, and private rooms for up to four people.
All of them come with amenities such as sockets and night lights, and the bedding is regularly changed. Some travellers have noted that the pillows may be a bit too thin, but there is also an all-female dorm available for solo female travellers.
The café in Basel Backpack is a great place for a tasty breakfast or an evening cocktail, and the kitchen is well-equipped if you want to prepare your own meals. The patio is a lovely spot to relax and take in the atmosphere of the Guldendinger Feld area.
Located just 10 minutes away from the train station, Young Backpackers Homestay is the perfect getaway spot and an ideal home-away-from-home for travelers.
The house has been recently refurbished, providing a comfortable and modern atmosphere. Plus, its location offers stunning views of the majestic Alps, so you can be sure to wake up to breathtaking scenery each morning!
The Backpackers Luzern is an excellent choice for solo travellers, with its chic and vibrant atmosphere! This accommodation is located right in front of Lake Lucerne, making it a great starting point for all of your adventures.
The rooms are clean and spacious, with stylish furnishings and a power outlet for each bed. You’re sure to make some friends here, and you’ll be refreshed by all the vibrant colours. It’s the perfect place for a fun and memorable stay!
It’s no surprise that the Barabas Luzern is one of the most popular hostels in Lucerne! The hostel is situated right in the middle of the city, giving guests easy access to the city’s main attractions and the old town.
At Barabas, you’ll stay in rooms that look just like prison cells, only they are much more comfortable and clean. So, if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, this is the perfect place to stay. Plus, you get to enjoy all the amenities of a modern hostel, all while experiencing an exciting and different kind of accommodation.
Here is a video of the Wellness Hostel 4000. The video is in German, but there is English subtitle. The video shows the impressive spa area, sauna, the bed rooms, and actually everything.
Best Hostels in Grindelwald
Well you guessed it; Grindelwald is yet another village in the alps which is perfect for skiing and hiking!
Switzerland just keeps on giving.
What makes this destination stand out from the crowd?
It’s the base for mountain-climbing up the iconic North face of the Eiger. Who’s felling brave?
Grindelwald Youth Hostel
Grindelwald Youth Hostel inside felt like a 4 star hotel with the added value that many open-minded people were gathered inside. The rooms are spacious and the view is amazing. The hostel itself is a bit distant from the centre and the railway station which gave us the vibe we were looking for. The free breakfast is amazing.
Views from the balconies are unreal. They give you a bus pass with discounts to the mountain activities which is really helpful. Having the piano available for the guests to play is one of amazing amenities of this hostel.
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.
Then please please leave a comment below. We would be thrilled to hear from you and to help a fellow backpacker.
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CLOSED: Downtown Lodge (Grindelwald)
Downtown Lodge is unique, simple and central and the largest lodge in Switzerland.
Alongside a beautiful location and cosy stay, staff will gladly help you plan your Swiss adventures. Don’t be shy to ask!
All guests get many cool benefits when staying here, including:
Free swimming pool + ice rink entance
Free use of local buses
10-50% discounts on a range of local activities
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