Best hostels in Interlaken/Switzerland
Switzerland,  Western Europe

Best hostels in Interlaken/Switzerland

Did you know there is a lot of great and cozy youth hostels in Switzerland? And if you plan to go to Interlaken, one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland, you can find great hostel properties that will be listed below. Whether you choose youth, backpackers or family hostel, be aware there is always great service offered and you should be prepared for a higher price both for dorms and for private rooms – but it worths the price, we assure you that!

Interlaken is a well-known destination in the Bernese Highlands region of the Swiss Alps you can find between the two Lakes of Brienz to the east and Thun to the west. Transport routes to the east and west alongside the lakes are complemented by a route southwards into the near mountain resorts and high mountains, e.g. the famous high Alpine peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

Interlaken has a large selection of hotels of various grades, many of which are located along the Höheweg, a street that links the town’s two railway stations and offers views of the mountains. Other hotels are clustered around one or other of the two stations, or located across the river in the neighboring municipality of Unterseen.

Interlaken is also a destination for backpackers. It has numerous backpackers-friendly hostels and companies providing guided services in skydiving, canyoning, hang gliding, paragliding, and skiing. The official language of Interlaken is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

Interlaken’s reputation as an international resort started around the year 1800 due to the landscapes of Franz Niklaus König and other Swiss landscape artists.  With the opening up of transport links, hotels developed along the route to the Jungfrau. In 1860–75 and 1890–1914 several luxury hotels were built with views of the Jungfrau and surrounding mountains.

Best hostels in Interlaken/Switzerland

The town is principally a base from which to explore the surrounding areas. Among the main attractions are the mountains of the Jungfrau region, including the Jungfrau, (4,158 m (13,642 ft)), the Mönch (4,107 m (13,474 ft)) and the Eiger (3,967 m (13,015 ft)). Whilst the peaks of these mountains are accessible only to mountaineers, a sequence of connecting mountain railways gives access to the Jungfraujoch, a saddle (3,454 m (11,332 ft)) between the Jungfrau and the Mönch, but correctly translated as a yoke (German: Joch), which is the highest point in Europe reachable by train.

Closer to Interlaken, the Harderkulm (1,321 m (4,334 ft)), just to the north of the town, and the Schynige Platte (1,967 m (6,453 ft)), just to the south, are also accessible by railway and provide extensive views of the higher mountains. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are both close to the town, and the Aare flows east to west through the town. Boat trips operate on both lakes, serving various lakeside towns. One of these, Brienz, is the starting point for one of Switzerland’s last remaining steam operated mountain railway, the Brienz Rothorn Railway.

Jungfrau Park, an amusement park, is situated just to the south of Interlaken. It was originally opened as a Mystery Park, a paranormal-based theme park owned by author Erich von Däniken, but was closed in 2006 after three years because of financial difficulties. It re-opened in its current guise in 2009.

Let‘s now look at the top hostels Interlaken and its neighborhood offers to backpackers and youth people desiring to stay in a hostel in this lovely destination. Just be aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm! 

#1 Interlaken Youth Hostel

8.8 on Booking.com    9.7 on Hostelsworld   

Privates from 132 USD Dorms from 46 USD

Interlaken Youth Hostel

As a guest at our youth hostel in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, you’ll find public transport right at your doorstep which can take you to the most stunning sights on Lakes Brienz and Thun as well as in the Bernese Alps. Interlaken Youth Hostel offers free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a snack bar. Surrounded by a park, this hostel also features table tennis and billiards. There is a bike rental service, and the Aare Cycle Route starts nearby.

Backpackers, families and other adventurers don’t just benefit from the affordable rates, but can also start their next trip by bus, rail or boat directly from the hostel. From up high, wherever you go, you have a fascinating view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfraujoch, or the Aletsch Glacier – the largest in the Alps.

Interlaken Youth Hostel

In summer, Interlaken emerges as a paradise for fans of the great outdoors, such as paragliders and river rafters, and it’s most popular for lovers of winter sports. Guests can choose from rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. All rooms feature wooden floors and large windows facing the surrounding park.

Pros and Cons of Interlaken Youth Hostel

Pros

  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Free breakfast
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace and picnic area
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Family rooms
  • Shared kitchen
  • Parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bike rental

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Higher price for private rooms

#2 Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof Interlaken 

9.0 on Booking.com    9.6 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 152 USD Dorms from 31 USD

Backparkers Villa Sonnenhof

The family-friendly Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof Hostel Interlaken, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, offers simple yet stylish rooms that are individually decorated. Free WiFi is available in all areas of the property. Every guest has free access to the self-catering kitchen facilities.

Guests enjoy free access to the public indoor and outdoor swimming pools, free mini-golf, free use of public buses, and free parking. Linen, duvets and a small towel are included in the rate. Beds (complete with a sheet and cover) are made for you already on arrival.

Backparkers Villa Sonnenhof

The reception is open daily from 07:00 until 23:00, and multilingual staff is always ready to help. There is free breakfast offered on this property.

Pros and Cons of Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof

Pros

  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Free breakfast
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Free walking tour
  • Family rooms
  • Shared kitchen
  • Parking available
  • Towels included
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ski storage

Cons

  • Higher price for private rooms
  • Front-desk limited hours

#3 Adventure Hostel Interlaken

8.7 on Booking.com    9.4 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 82 USD Dorms from 41 USD

Situated in Interlaken, 2.5 km from Interlaken East Port, Adventure Hostel Interlaken features accommodation with a garden, private parking and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a tour desk and ticket service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel has family rooms. All dormitories have individual lockers for every guest. 

All rooms at the hostel are fitted with a seating area. At Adventure Hostel Interlaken, rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation.

Adventure Hostel Interlaken

The recently renovated house provides 5 cozy twin bedrooms, 1 single room, 2 family quads, 4 4-bed dorms, 3 6-bed dorms, 1 3-bed room and 2 apartments with a kitchen.  From each room, you have a fantastic mountain view. To the south, you’ll see the famous ‘Eiger, Möch and Jungfrau’. This hostel is the only one from where you see all tree breathtaking mountains (more than 4000m high)! Take a seat in the garden with a beer, chill and enjoy this extraordinary view!

Pros and Cons of Adventure Hostel Interlaken

Pros

  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Fantastic view from each room
  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Picnic area
  • Bicycle hire
  • Family rooms
  • Quiet neighborhood
  • Shared kitchen
  • Parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • Front-desk limited hours
  • Towels for hire

#4 Lake Lodge Iseltwald

8.3 on Booking.com  9.3 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 65 USD Dorms from 28 USD

Lake Lodge Iseltwald

The Lake Lodge is a friendly hostel built in typical Swiss chalet style and lies directly on the shores of the picturesque bay of Iseltwald, a village that has been able to maintain its traditional customs. The idyllic fishing village on the south shore of Lake Brienz is still tranquil and unspoiled. Although Interlaken with all its touristic attractions and shopping opportunities is accessible by car within only 10 minutes. 

Here one can enjoy pure relaxation either by grilling or just chilling out in the garden or on the private beach. Nature lovers will find countless hiking and bike paths at their disposal as well as alpine summits within easy reach. Even for those who want an adrenaline-kick, there is a wide choice of adventure sports, such as parachute jumping, paragliding, hang gliding, river rafting, bungee jumping and much more. Guests have kayaks at their disposal for only CHF 18.00.

Lake Lodge Iseltwald

Enjoy the breathtaking sight of the mountains and lakeside in the beautiful Berner Oberland with a view of the Lake Brienz, the Snail Island and the amazing mountain scenery stretching from the Harder towards “Hasli” and around the “Brienzer Rothorn”. Peace and quiet. Security and spontaneity. Here is the “world still in order” stress and crime are unknown here by us in Iseltwald.

Pros and Cons of Lake Lodge Iseltwald

Pros

  • Fantastic mountain and lake view
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant in front of the hostel
  • Quiet neighborhood
  • Family rooms
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bicycle hire
  • Water sports facilities
  • Pet friendly
  • Parking available
  • Mini-supermarket available

Cons

  • Front-desk limited hours
  • Towels for hire
  • 10 minutes car ride from Interlaken
  • Bus to Interlaken goes once per hour

#5 Alplodge

8.2 on Booking.com  9.1 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 78 USD Dorms from 36 USD

Alplodge

Alplodge is a non-smoking backpacker hostel in the center of Interlaken. All rooms and dorms have a sink with hot & cold water, and we also have rooms with shower/WC ensuite. We offer you free W-LAN and an internet terminal for free use as well. Use our fully equipped kitchen for free and relax in the common room (with TV) or on our roof-top terrace. 

Our young, well-traveled staff can help you to organize your adventure trips (river rafting, bungy jumping, canyoning, paragliding, mountain trekking, snowboarding, sledding, heli-skiing, ice climbing and many more).

Alplodge

 A pleasant common kitchen and free Wi-Fi in the lobby are at guests’ disposal. Guests can choose between shared and private facilities. The hostel offers washing and laundry facilities. Small breakfast is included in the room rate.

Pros and Cons of Alplodge

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Family rooms
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bar available
  • Parking available

Cons

  • Front-desk limited hours
  • No female-only dorms
  • Towels for hire

#6 Balmers Hostel

8.0 on Booking.com  9.0 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 86 USD Dorms from 34 USD

Balmers Hostel

As the first private hostel in Switzerland, Balmers Hostel has become a leader in mastering the art of making your time in Interlaken unforgettable. Set in-between two crystal clear blue glacial lakes and at the base of the majestic Jungfrau mountain range, it is hard to beat for a more scenic setting.

With this in mind, Interlaken boasts some of the most adrenaline and scenic adventure activities. In the summer months, one can enjoy skydiving, paragliding, canyoning, rafting, Bungy out of a gondola and thousands of kilometers of hiking trails (which you can bike too). 

Balmers Hostel

When night falls and most activities are over you can enjoy some drinks (and why not some party dancing) in Nightclub/ Bar where you will meet like-minded people and boast and share your adventurous days away.  This Hostel is not a family-friendly hostel and there is no under age 18 policy!

Pros and Cons of Balmers Hostel

Pros

  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Restaurant & Bar available
  • Meals available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Pet friendly
  • Bicycle hire
  • Street parking available
  • Adults only

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels for hire

#7 Happy Inn Lodge

8.1 on Booking.com  8.6 on Hostelsworld   

Privates From 59 USD Dorms from 25 USD

Happy Inn Lodge

Offering a restaurant, a bar and a terrace where guests can dine during summer, Happy Inn Lodge is located in Interlaken’s center. In winter, a shuttle service to the surrounding ski areas is provided. Free WiFi is available in all areas of the hostel and free private parking is possible.

The functionally furnished rooms all have a desk. Some come with a private shower and most rooms at the Happy Inn Lodge feature shared-use bathroom facilities. A kitchen can be used by all guests and the staff organizes activities like tandem skydiving, tandem paragliding, rafting and canyoning on request. 

Happy Inn Lodge

From October until May, live music evenings take place every Thursday. Car and bicycle rental services are provided on-site and guests can make use of a storage room for ski equipment.

Pros and Cons of Happy Inn Lodge

Pros

  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace 
  • Restaurant & Bar available
  • Meals available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Shared kitchen
  • Pet friendly
  • Bicycle hire
  • Street parking available
  • Towels included

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee

 

10 Comments

  • Teri

    What stunning photographs! Reading this review of Interlaken hostels makes me want to book a flight straightaway and go and enjoy the fabulous mountain views! I see that all of the hostels have family rooms available, which is what I would need, but think the Alplodge would be my favourite, because you can also hire bicycles from them.

    • Renata

      Hello Teri!

      It is nice to hear from you! The mountain views are really great and it attracts a lot of people, pity Switzerland is very expensive, therefore we are glad to find some backpackers options so the stay would not stay a fortune:)

      Most of the hostels are family hostels but there are few party hostels too, it worths trying most of them, definitely.

      Have a great day and thank your for stopping by!

      Bye Renata

  • Changingworldnews

    Nice review in best hostels in Switzerland. Nice places for all to visit when get the chance to visit Switzerland. I was previledge to stay in aplodge hostel when I visited Switzerland 2 years ago. Very nice and attractive place. I wish to visit some of the other places you stated in your review. Thanks for sharing. 

    • Renata

      Hello!

      Thank you for your kind insight and for stopping by!

      It is nice to hear from you as from someone who tried some of the listed hostel – great to know this hostel worths to visit!

      We are looking forward to hearing from you again and wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  • Julius

    Perfectly written review of the hostels in Switzerland. Being honest, I did not know that Switzerland is offering option for backpackers or for people who are not willing to spend so much on the accommodation. And I think that is just perfect, as it can safe a lot, especially in such a place like Interlaken. According the pictures you shared, the place are as well, nice equipped and they are offering comfort. This together with comfort, reachability and location, it makes a wonderful and whole more affordable experience. For me it would be definitely an option to consider for my next trip. I am happy I came across your website.

    • Renata

      Hello Julius!

      Thank you for your kind insight!

      We were also happy to see that Switzerland offering such hostel options, even in such an expensive destination like Interlaken:).

      We believe staying in some of the listed hostels would make from the stay really great experience alongside the beautiful natural sceneries and all the offered activities.

      Thank you again for your kind comment and for stopping by!

      Bye Renata

  • Arif

    Switzerland is one part of so many heavens like natural sites and sceneries in the whole world. And you have almost taken us into the Interlaken city through the heights, feet, meters, and visuals in your article. 

    Personally, I would love to be part of ‘Lake Lodge Iseltwald’ just for that laky view through the window and so many pros you have highlighted. Studying is just an excuse here.

     A student/travelers delight with all those additional physical activities around. A must-visit destination for better life and career.

    • Renata

      Hello Arif!

      Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by!

      You are absolutely right about Switzerland, it is paradise on earth – the mountains, lakes, nature sceneries – but unfortunately very expensive, including the accommodation, especially in the Alpin destinations like Interlaken.

      Your chosen property is really good choice, we absolutely agree on that – the activities organized make from this place a really great place to stay in!

      Thank you again for your kind insight and we wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

  • Smoochi

    i am very sure that my wife will love to go on a vacation with me when i show her this hotels. The fact that i have learnt something really tangible from this post is very satisfying. The build of your website is nice and the simplicity of the color selection makes it so beautiful. Thank you very much.

    • Renata

      Hello!

      Thank you for your kind insight and for stopping by!

      We really appreciate your kind opinion about our website, we are done all the best to have it simple and nice.

      We are looking forward to hearing from you again and wish you all the best!

      Bye Renata

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