Backpackers Lucerne, Lucerne

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Great staff, airy rooms, good kitchens & common rooms, closed 10A - 4P

I have stayed in many hostels across Europe and Scotland, and Backpackers Lucerne is one of the best in terms of beds (comfortable and only 4 in a room), room facilities (bed light, key-locker, desk, French door to a balcony facing the lake), sinks in the hall, and close-by toilets and showers. The staff is friendly and informative, the kitchens are practical, the common rooms are the dining rooms, and the whole place is clean and neat. The only drawback is the 10AM-4PM closed reception, since that is when many of us arrive. When you find whoever is working at that time, s/he will open the luggage room to store your pack until check-in, but there is no-one for local information until 4PM. There is a Migros grocery store close by on a foot path. Another bonus is that if you book your transportation to Mt. Pilatus here, it is CF20 less. Every little bit helps! I would definitely stay here when back in Lucerne. Get to the hostel by walking along the lake -- no need for the busy roads!

Age 70 | U.S.

Good facilities but quite expensive

The hostel has good facilities and a large dining room and clean beds. The rooms are nice and most have a view toward the lake. However, there was not specific 'common area' or place to meet other travelers. you had to rely on the kitchen and eating areas to do that. Besides that Lucerne hostel is a little way out of the town, but no big deal if you are fit. the 15min walk shouldn't be an issue if you are used to carrying your pack around for some time. The Hostel asks for a lot of information and in my opinion is overpriced -- but so is everything in Switzerland. The facilities cannot be complained about and the rooms are clean and staff are nice enough.


Fantastic place to stay -- solo, friends, family, or even business!!

This is my 3rd time back at this hostel. I come to Lucerne often for seminars (I am a PhD student, and my supervisor is based at Uni Lucerne). I generally do not write reviews during my frequent travels, but this place is terrific! The staff is cheerful, helpful and courteous, the rooms are ALWAYS clean and the beds are so comfortable. I really love that every room has a balcony and the lake is right across the street. Also, there are heaps of magazines, games etc..a nice touch and amusement for those dreaded 'rainy' days. For my last trip to Lucerne my employer told me just to choose a hotel, so I decided to be adventurous and go with a a much more expensive "theme" hotel. Never again. Although I could choose almost any place I wish, I always chose to stay here now. For less than half the price of other accommodation I get lightning speed wifi, a spotless restroom and shower (which the other one certainly didn't provide) , a desk to work from (didn't have that either- a MUST for me), comfort and ALWAYS a smile when I head out to work at the Uni. Simply great! If you come to beautiful Lucerne (as everyone should once or twice), make this your place to stay! You won't regret it!


Friendly and helpful staff, good condition and management

I was upgraded from a room of 4 to a room of 2. I love the location. It is right at the lakeside. At least 15 to 20 minutes of walk from the train station if you know the route and do not need to ask someone on the way. The showers and toilets are very clean, just outside the room, no need to walk a long distance. Many of us cook in the small kitchen. The only shortcoming is that no free breakfast is provided. I love the hostel and would certainly recommend it to all other backpackers on a budget.

Tony Ng
Hong Kong


This was my first time staying in a hostel. Backpackers Lucerne was simply amazing! It was very clean and tidy. The staff at the front desk was always very helpful ... all four of them. The hostel is located right by Lake Lucerne and it is simply beautiful. There are two kitchens so you can cook since Switzerland is very expensive. It is a 20 minute walk from the train station to the hostel so make sure you buy some groceries at the train station before you start walking.


Clean; kid friendly; great local information; wonderful owner, Marc

A beautiful walk along the lake and boat docks into town -- it only seems a little far away from the center the first time then it's an easy and interesting walk. We visited with our two grandsons ages 8 and 10 and they had a great time there too. They loved the little boxes of super sugared American cereal that can be bought there for breakfast -- they live in French Switzerland and have nothing like that there. Our room had a terrace and view out over the park and the lake -- it was very chilly in January so we only looked through the glass doors but we look forward to returning in a warmer season. Yes there are rules but I loved that. No one wants to cook in a dirty kitchen or shower with a floor flooded with water -- don't understand why people would complain about this. The staff spoke amazing English and Marc (Mark?) the owner was especially nice and helpful. This was our first time traveling with the grandkids and staying in a hostel and it was a great experience. After 2 more cities -- Bern and Zurich and 2 more Backpackers the Lucerne Backpackers still gets all our stars.

Liz and Tom

Backpackers Lucerne offers great accommodation, great prices, and a wonderful location. Be prepared for several rules and restrictions during your stay -- they are intended to improve everyone's stay but they can be a bit inhibiting.

The Location

Situated right on the water, Backpackers is a ten-minute walk to the train station and a thirteen-minute walk to the Old Town. The hostel is also within easy walking distance of two grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This hostel has several rooms, many with a terrace, all with community showers and bathrooms. Each room is equipped with lockers with assigned keys. Be aware that the rooms do not lock and the larger bags don't fit into the locker. The beds are nice, with linens provided and towels for rent. The lighting in the room is poor with few bed lights -- if you read at night, you should bring a book light. Also, there are few plug-ins in the rooms and lobby area. If you need to charge something be sure to grab a seat early and share with those around you.

Each hallway shares two showers and one male and one female toilet, however, there is rarely a wait for either. They also have extra sinks and mirrors in the hall for you to do your quick cleaning and primping before heading out to see the beautiful city.

Common Spaces

Backpackers has two fully equipped kitchens (one oven), fondue pots, and plenty of seating. The atmosphere is very relaxed with people lounging around taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi, book exchange, or community games and puzzles. There is always someone available during the day at the desk but you may have to hunt them down while they are cleaning or doing laundry. The laundry service is a reasonable price, especially considering they do it all for you.

Since the cost of eating out is so expensive everyone tends to cook their dinners and surprisingly there never seems to be a line, everyone works well together, bringing a family atmosphere into the rooms. They have bikes and rollerblades for rent on nice days and towels to rent if you want to lay out by the water. Wi-Fi is free and they have one computer available for internet use for a small fee.


The staff are very helpful when planning your day trips and have good, money-saving suggestions for those on a tight budget. They also can offer nicer options for those who want to treat themselves to a good Swiss meal or chocolate. They prefer you pay in cash when you arrive but you can pay with a card for an extra fee.


Won't find better!

This is an excellent hostel. It is very well run and well equipped. The staff are very friendly and happy and always willing to help. The dorms have lockers, the beds don't squeak, the shower has plenty of hanging space, and the entire hostel is kept extremely clean. The location is fantastic with all rooms having a balcony, the lake is straight across the road. I've never stayed in a better run hostel -- the staff and owners should be very proud.


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We had a good stay here. Rooms very clean and staff very friendly and helpful. There is a really nice swimming beach close by and its a nice walk into town along the lake path


This is a great hostel in a lovely and convenient location in Lucerne just across the park from the lakeshore. There were two kitchen areas for guests to use, a couple of lounging spaces, friendly lobby staff, and clean and well-maintained facility with comfortable beds and modern and clean toilets and showers. No A/C, so a bit warm during the heat. There were a few loud guests on a nearby balcony our last night during quiet hours, but they quieted down when asked to do so at midnight and 2 a.m.


Great place


It was close to the train station and grocery store. Staff was friendly. They let me check-in and pay later. The place was really clean. It was however very hot. I wish they had AC in the rooms or at least fans. The free wi-fi kept cutting out. The pillows for the beds could be larger and have more cushion. Reception is closed for a couple of hours during the day. It would be better if they were only closed for an hour if at all. I would come back, overall good experience.


Nice relatively quiet hostel in a great location. Close enough to the downtown area but far enough to feel relaxed and peaceful. The rooms are clean with nice balconies and lockers. Plenty of private bathrooms/showers that are very clean and spacious. Close to lake Lucerne. I swam every morning and evening. well equipped kitchen that is kept clean.

Front desk hours are pretty slim. So take care of admin tasks while you can. expensive for a hostel but seemed about average for Switzerland.


Very clean and had a modern Scandinavian vibe. Our room was lovely and even had a balcony. The location is a little out of town however the walk is along the lake and very beautiful. Probably not the most social for solo travellers though. Really enjoyed our stay at this hostel!


Reasonable hostel. Clean. A short walk from the train station.


Truly my favorite hostel I stayed at on this trip. The receptionist was incredibly kind and friendly. I rented a paddle board on my first day while I waited for check in to start. The room was very clean, the bed very comfortable. It was right next to the lake which was very convenient. Shower facilities were spacious, clean, and well maintained. I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone going to Switzerland! I almost wish I had stayed here for my entire four days in the country. If you go anywhere in


Great location, the rooms and bathrooms are exceptionally clean.


Great stay - location is good about 15 minute walk to train station, very helpful staff to help plan hikes and activities! Not a very social hostel, but everyone was extremely friendly


Only 15min from the train station and so close to the lake which made for beautiful walks. The staff were super lovely and helpful and let me store my luggage there. They have a break from 2pm - 5pm so keep that in mind with your travels :)


Beautiful location right by the lake and very comfortable. Thank you!


Good conversation with roommates . Liked lockers in the room


Probably my favorite hostel Ive stayed in. The location was great. It was a 15 minute walk downtown, but it was along the lake and easily accessible by public transportation so I didnt mind. Its also right next to a park along the lake.

The rooms and bathrooms were very clean, and the hostel was quiet at night so it was easy to sleep. Kitchen and refrigerator facilities were available. Staff was also helpful and friendly.

Overall a great place to stay!


Very solid hostel in a pretty good location. For some reason, however, the hostel environment was very bizarre. Huge place but often dead. My roommates were all older (like 40+ years on average, I'm 23). Good bathrooms and shower. Good hostel but I wish the vibe was younger.


This was an amazing hostel stay. Id go back immediately. The staff helped me pick out and purchase a ticket to visit the nearby mountain. The bathroom and showers were clean and convenient.


This hostel was great. The staff were so friendly and helpful and very accommodating with luggage storage. Bathrooms, showers, rooms were spotless, the kitchen was very well equipped.

We didnt have time to enjoy the lake as went to Mount Rigi so we were sad we couldnt stay another day and swim in the lake and paddle board. The beach lis right tactos from the hostel.

The hostel is also only a 10/15 min walk from the main train station/ferry.


Really nice hostel. 20 min walk from the city center and 2 minutes from a nice park and beach on Lake Lucerne. Nice kitchen area and the bath rooms were clean. Only complaint is that the pillows were stiff and flat which was super uncomfortable. Other than that really great place, friendly staff.


A value-for-money place to stay in otherwise pricey Switzerland! The staff were friendly, the property is nicely decorated, and there was an extensive and well-equipped common area. The only thing is that its located slightly further away from the town centre, and they dont give you a blanket cover which felt a bit strange to me.


This was a great stay! The rooms were comfortable and a great location right by the lake. The staff were friendly too, and the bus passes were a nice plus. I would definitely stay again.



all rooms with balcony.
free kitchen facilities (shop near).
informationboards, kiosk, bar, internet, laundryservice,
books and games are waiting for you.
blades and mountain bikes for rent.
all toilets and showers (single showers) are communal.

9 rooms with 4 beds and 21 rooms with 2 beds.
a cosy place for small groups, families,
individuals and...for you.

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Location and Contact


• lake lucerne just in front of the house...
• 2 minutes walking distance to the beach.
• 15 minutes walking distance to the city centre.
• map download



Address: Alpenquai 42, Lucerne (Luzern), Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland

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Website Backpackers Lucerne Lucerne
Phone Number: +41 (0) 41 360 04 20
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Towels (CHF 1.-)

Board Games

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange


Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Airport Pickup



Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: March to 15th December

Reception Hours: 7:30 am to 10 am / 4 pm to 11 pm


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