Fiesch Youth Hostel





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Town Center, Fiesch, Canton of Valais, Switzerland
46.398379, 8.131369 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+41 27 970 15 15
+41 27 970 15 00
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The SYHA-affiliated youth hostel is an island of calm among the busy life in the Sport and Ferien Center in Fiesch. The Center itself is a huge holiday factory for young people coming in large organised groups. Sport and Ferien Center has several large buildings and has capacity to accommodate up to 1000 people -- about the same population as the village Fiesch itself (947 habitants). The youth hostel occupies the whole building (Benna, No. 6) among the many conctrete buildings and this gives you a sense of privacy. Reception is in building one. The hostel has rooms with two beds (with shower and toilet), four, or six beds (both with wash-basin). The rooms are clean and comfortable, with wooden panels on the window walls. There are free lockers in the rooms with a 2 CHR deposit. Common showers are on the first and second floor and shower cabins on the ground level. The light in the showers is activated by motion detection sensor, so if you are alone and plan to take a decent shower, be prepared to go out of your cabin and wave you hands at least once. Apart from numerous possibilities for walking and (in winter) skiing in Fiesh region, from Fiesch village you have a cable-car to the Eggishorn where you have an absolutely stunning panorama over the Aletch glacier (largest in the Alps), Rhone valley, and the surrounding mountains. At the YH reception you have a TV screen showing live feed from the web cameras at Eggishorn and other places, which helps a lot for planning your day if the weather is unstable. The restaurant building is huge and the hostel has its own two small halls in the corner. The breakfast (included in the price) is assisted by the staff (you take the meals and they bring the drinks). In the building facing the restaurant there is a small shop and computer room with internet access for 6 CHF/hour (one hour is a minimum, non-refundable). The computer room has the same opening hours as the shop (during low season it could be very limited, such as 16-00 to 20-00). Guests of the hostel have free access to numerous sport facilities of the Sport and Ferien Center, including the swimming pool (ask for tokens at the reception), mini-golf, and disco-gold (10 CHF deposit for clubs).
  I stayed there in August 2001. It's different from any other hostel. It's a place for very young (maximum 12/13 years old) very large groups, and it was full of them. You feel as though you'd like to be part of them. You can enjoy the good facilities (free mini-golf, swimming pool, climbing, and almost any sport). The place has a good breakfast and rooms. It would be the perfect romantic place to meet someone, if just there would be someone and not only noisy annoying children!!! The train stop is just on the corner (it's on request and called Fiesch Ferienzentrum). The little village of Fiesch is ten to fifteen minutes walking distance away.
Davide Santi

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