Hostels in Bern, Switzerland

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Get to know Bern (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Bern. To help you make friends with Bern before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Bern (no more

Bern receives very mixed reviews from its visitors; some find it intriguingly charming while others are put off by the overall grayishness of the old town (resulting from the gray stone used as a building material there). Whether the coloring appeals, it doesn't change anything about Bern being a very well-kept, historic town in a pristine location in a deep valley along a winding river. It is the capital of Switzerland, albeit not the biggest city in the country (that would be Zurich) and has more of a small-town flair than a cosmopolitan touch.

It is for the historical lovers and all the outdoor people, as the hinterland is fantastic for hiking, biking, and mountaineering with some of the best mountain climbing routes in spitting distance. In town itself there is decent shopping, good food, and some cultural institutions and events, but not much in terms of nightlife. Add the "capital"-factor to the already-high price level in Switzerland and Bern becomes a rather expensive place. The heraldic animal of Bern is the bear and -- to the dismay of animal rights activists -- they keep some in a ditch close to the river. Please do not climb down to the bears. They look cute from above but when up close they might well be the end of you -- which has sadly happened before to tourists trying to cuddle them!

Getting to and from town is possible by train and some long distance buses. The frequency is not quite as high as in other parts of Switzerland, so checking ahead is well worth it.

Hostels in Bern are few and far between, but those that exist are quite central and of very good standard. With a bit of enthusiasm, the Bern hostel of your choice is reached on foot from the major drop-off points. Otherwise, there is a notable network of city buses helping out. Those buses might become more important when you wish to leave the hostel zone (inner city) as the surrounding terrain is pretty hilly.

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FAQ about Bern Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Bern. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Bern. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Bern costs on average $53 for a dorm. A hostel in Bern with private rooms costs on average $177.
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Your Packing List for Bern

Your Packing List for Bern

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Bern and Switzerland.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Bern Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Bern, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
4 Total number of hostels
$53 Average dorm price
$177 Average private room price
$48 Cheapest hostel in Bern
1 Party hostels in Bern
Hostel 77 Bern is the best rated
6.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Solothurn (30 Km / 18 mi.)

Travel Tips for Bern - 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 Bern. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Bern. 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!

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