Hostels in Lake Maggiore Hostels in Lake Maggiore

You are looking for hostels in Lake Maggiore? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Lake Maggiore hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Lake Maggiore.

All Cities in Lake Maggiore

We list every single hostel in Lake Maggiore and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in Lake Maggiore for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Lake Maggiore hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Lake Maggiore. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore, Italy -- also known as Laggo Maggiore in Italian -- is situated in the far north of Italy on the south side of the Alps. The lake stretches from the Italian regions Piedmont and Lombardy to the Swiss canton Ticino. This lake is the biggest one in Switzerland and the second-biggest in Italy. It is famous for the scenic landscape, the rich architecture, the picturesque small villages, and the beautiful view of the lake and the mountains.

Due to its location in the middle of the nature and close the mountains, it is well-known for hiking and biking. For instance, the area around Montorfano on the west side of the lake and the mountain Monte Faiè are well-attended spots for outdoor activities. Apart from sport enthusiasts, Lake Maggiore is a popular destination for families, nature lovers, and locals from the bordering regions in Italy and Switzerland, especially on the weekends and in summer.

Along Lake Maggiore there are just a few budget accommodations. Only in Verbania and Locarno, can you find usual hostels in Lake Maggiore, Italy; the supply is completed with several guesthouses. Even if the summer is the peak season, you can still book a bed in one of the Lake Maggiore, Italy hostels around the lake. Many tourists, especially families and travel groups, prefer to stay in hotels. However, don't forget that the usual rule applies -- the sooner you book, the more choices you have. Keep in mind the national and popular holidays. The period around the Easter holidays in general, the Swiss national holiday on August 1, as well as the Italian national holiday on June 2 can fill up the available hostels in Lake Maggiore, Italy.

The small town Stresa used to be a meeting point for artists, poets, and the upper class in previous centuries. The combination of fine hotels, the charming old architecture, the promenade, and the stunning view of the gulf makes Stresa a worthwhile place to visit. Once you are in Verbania, do not forget to check out the gardens of the Villa Taranto. The variety of colourful flowers and plants in a beautiful design create a lasting impression and is one of the well-known highlights around the lake. Consider that the gardens are subject to charge and usually open between March and November. Arona is a bustling town along the lake with shopping opportunities, a small harbour, beautiful architecture, a historic centre, and an attractive lakeside promenade including a beautiful view to the mountain fortress Rocca di Angera on the other side of the lake. These are just some of many highlights along and nearby Lake Maggiore.

expert for Lake Maggiore hostels

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Travel Tips for Lake Maggiore - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Lake Maggiore. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Lake Maggiore. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Lake Maggiore

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Lake Maggiore?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Lake Maggiore here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Lake Maggiore safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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