September 24, 2023

The 9 Best Hostels in Switzerland

Switzerland is the perfect country for a real break, especially in winter. Be ready to discover some of the most beautiful landscapes, try different winter sports and have the time of your life. Explore the mountains, alpine lakes, green valleys, small villages and super cool cities.

Far from the traditional image of yodelling in the mountains that some travellers might have, Switzerland is full of lively towns and cities to discover. If you are looking for some alone-time, you’ll be happy to explore the idyllic rural landscapes that captivated us through Johanna Spyri’s Heidi, one of the country’s best-known books. Switzerland is now a multicultural country, where rock music echoes in the streets and travellers visit from around the world. To make the most of your trip, whether you’re looking to meet other travellers, have fun or relax, we’ve listed some of the best hostels in the country.

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Switzerland for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Switzerland for couples
  3. Best party hostel in Switzerland
  4. Best hostels in Switzerland with private rooms
  5. Best of the rest hostels in Switzerland

Best hostels in Switzerland for solo travellers

Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof

Best hostels in Switzerland - Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof

Perfectly located in the heart of Interlaken, this cosy place has local and multilingual staff, who are happy to share their best tips and places to visit. This hostel is perfect if you’re looking to meet other travellers in a peaceful atmosphere, with a beautiful garden and a big park nearby. Not to mention, the beautiful view on the mountains from your dorm window and the FREE breakfast every single morning. What more could you need to start your day?

Hostel highlights:

  • FREE breakfast
  • Free city maps
  • Internet cafe
  • Board games & Pool table
  • Outdoor swimming pool

? Address: Alpenstrasse 16, Interlaken, Switzerland

? Neighbourhood: Interlaken

? Nearest station: Interlaken Ost train station – Bus stop: Sonnenhof

Book your stay at Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof Hostel

Youth hostel Interlaken

Best hostels in Switzerland - Youthhostel Interlaken

This awesome hostel is located in Bernese Oberland, in a modern building that kept its traditional Swiss architecture. You will be just a few stops away from the main sites, such as Lakes Brienz and Thun as well as the Bernese Alps. Be ready to wake-up with the beautiful view of the Eiger, Mönch or the Aletsch Glacier, from your bedroom window. This place will satisfy any traveller that is looking to get an adrenaline rush while paragliding, rafting or skiing. Did we also mention that the breakfast is FREE?!

Hostel highlights:

  • FREE Breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • 24 hour reception
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Games room

? Address: Am Bahnhof Ost, Untere Bönoigstrasse 3, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland

? Neighbourhood:  Interlaken

? Nearest station: Interlaken East – Interlaken Ost 

Book your stay at Youth Hostel Interlaken

Best hostel in Switzerland for couples

What about trying a hostel with your other half? You will get the super cool atmosphere you can only find in hostels, while enjoying the cosiness of a private room and hopefully some romance!

Nyon Hostel

Best hostels in Switzerland - Nyon hostel bedroom

This cosy hostel is located in Nyon, between Geneva and Lausanne. It’s the ideal place to relax with your partner after a long day exploring the surroundings. Make sure to have a look at the cute garden, chill on the terrace or watch a movie on the comfy sofa in the common room. Sounds like a plan!

Hostel highlights:

  • FREE breakfast
  • Free city maps
  • Garden
  • Bar & café
  • Outdoor terrace

? Address: Chemin des Plantaz 47, Nyon, Geneva, Switzerland

? Neighbourhood: Nyon

? Nearest station: Nyon train station

Book your stay at Nyon Hostel

Geneva Hostel

Best hostels in Switzerland - Geneva hostel

Geneva Hostel is located in a quiet area, very close to the stunning lake, a must-see for any nature lover. It’s about 1 km from the city centre, in an idyllic location if you’re looking to completely disconnect. You can also hire a bike and explore the beautiful parks nearby. Enjoy the stunning view of the famous Mont Blanc from your bedroom, and don’t forget to try the FREE breakfast before exploring this region.

Hostel highlights:

  • FREE breakfast
  • Free city maps
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Cafe
  • Meeting rooms

? Address: Rue Rotschild 30, Geneva, Switzerland

? Neighbourhood: Geneva

? Nearest station: Tram 15, Butini stop

Book your stay at Geneva Hostel


Best Party Hostel In Switzerland

If you’re looking for a safe place to leave your backpack while partying the whole night, we’ve got you covered. Have a look at this hostel and let’s go party!

Balmers Hostel

Best hostels in Switzerland - Balmers Hostel terrace

Set between two crystal clear blue lakes and located at the bottom of the majestic Jungfrau mountain range, it is hard to beat The Balmers Hostel’s setting. But don’t be fooled by the apparent calmness of this landscape, you will definitely have fun and party hard in this awesome hostel. There’s a BBQ, outdoor terrace with a hot tub (OMG), cool bar where you’ll meet other travellers from around the world and a games room. You will have the time of your life.

Hostel highlights:

  • FREE breakfast
  • Hot tub
  • Bar & café
  • Games room

? Address: Hauptstrasse 23-25, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland

? Neighbourhood: Interlaken

? Nearest station: Interlaken West or Interlaken Ost train stations – Bus 105 or 104

Book your stay at Balmers Hostel

Best hostels in Switzerland with private rooms

If you’re a born traveller but you’d like to keep some privacy while exploring the world, don’t worry. These hostels have super cosy private rooms, just perfect for you.

Hostel 77 Bern 

Best hostels in Switzerland - Hostel 77 Bern

Hostel 77 Bern is heaven for travellers looking for a cosy and peaceful atmosphere. It is located at the bottom of the little mountain of Gurten. Make sure to enjoy the healthy (FREE) breakfast on the cute terrace after a good night’s sleep. Once you’re ready to explore the surrounding area, the friendly staff will be more than happy to help you and share their best travel tips to make the most of your stay.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Café
  • Book exchange

? Address: Morillonstrasse 77, Bern, Switzerland

? Neighbourhood: Bern

? Nearest station: Zieglerspital (bus 19)

Book your stay at Hostel 77 Bern

Youth Hostel Bern

Best hostels in Switzerland - Youth Hostel Bern

Youth Hostel Bern is worth the journey. Located in a modern building, you will be able to enjoy the cosiness of your private room. Expect big corner windows, comfy beds, reading lights and a cute table. The danger is that you might spend more time in your room than in the city. Make sure you do head out exploring, because there’s plenty to see, with the Federal Parliament Building and its 26 water fountains, the Bear Park, the Paul Klee Centre, the Einstein House and the arcades in the historic old town are all super close.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Cafe & Restaurant
  • Games room
  • Outdoor terrace

? Address: Weihergasse 4, Bern, Switzerland

? NeighbourhoodBern

? Nearest station: Weilhergasse train station – bus 30 Dalmazibrücken

Book your stay at Yout Hostel Bern

Best of the rest hostels In Switzerland

You couldn’t be more central with these hostels – bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and sites – you will find everything just a few minutes from the hostels.

City Backpacker – Hostel Biber

Best hostels in Switzerland City Backpacker – Hostel Biber

City Backpacker – Hostel Biber is located in the heart of the beautiful and lively old part of Zurich. The most important sites and cool places to explore are just a few minutes away. Make sure to visit the beautiful churches, museums, the stunning lake and of course head to the famous shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse. You will also be able to enjoy Zurich’s nightlife; all the cool bars and clubs are just around the corner.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free city maps
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Book exchange
  • Board games

? AddressNiederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, Switzerland 

? Neighbourhood: Zurich

? Nearest station: Hauptbahnhof

Book your stay at City Backpacker Hostel Biber

Bern Backpackers Hostel

Best hostels in Switzerland - Bern backpackers hostel

Bern Backpackers Hostel is the most central hostel you will find in Bern. Its historic building is part of the city’s UNESCO world heritage area and it’s close to restaurants, cool bars and clubs. You will literally be in the heart of the action! After a day exploring this cute city, you’ll be happy to head back to this cosy hostel and chill in the common room. It will feel like a home, away from home.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free tea
  • City tours
  • Currency exchange
  • Laundry room

? AddressMor Rathausgasse 75, 3011 Bern, Switzerland 

? Neighbourhood: Bern

? Nearest station: Zytglogge (tram 9)

Book your stay at Bern Backpackers Hostel


We hope the hostels we chose helps you to discover this beautiful country. Let us know in the comments if you’ve stayed in one of our recommended hostels, or if you’d like to share a hostel that you think other backpackers shouldn’t miss in Switzerland.

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