Hostels in Interlaken, Switzerland

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Get to know Interlaken (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 Interlaken. To help you make friends with Interlaken before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Interlaken (no more

Interlaken is located in the southwestern part of Switzerland, in the German-speaking canton of Bern. It is an extremely popular tourist destination, not only because of what the small town of Interlaken has to offer, but also because of its function as the gateway to the Swiss Alps and as the traffic junction for visiting some of the most wonderful lakes and mountains of the country. Located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and near the River Aare, it is easily approachable by boat, but it has numerous trains and buses terminating here as well. This is also the starting point of some of Switzerland's most important mountain railways, amongst which is the one taking passengers to Europe's highest railway station of Jungfraujoch that might be the most well known, and Brienz-Rothorn, Switzerland's last steam railway that might be the most romantic.

Amongst ardent hikers, the most popular destination from here is definitely the mountain trio of Jungfrau (just over four thousand meters), the Mönch (also just over four thousand meters), and the Eiger (just under four thousand meters). Although the peak of these mountains is only accessible to experienced mountaineers, there are several mountain trails available on these mountains for those only venturing for a day's hike. For the least adventurous, Harder Kulm (just over a thousand meters) and the Schynige Platte (just over two thousand meters) might be other options to consider, as both offer breath-taking sceneries and good trekking and as both are approachable from Interlaken by railway.

If you do not long for altitudes, there are plenty of entertainment facilities from which to choose nearer to the town of Interlaken as well. The adjacent lakes offer some excellent cruises, and Jungfrau Park -- an amusement park just south of the city -- is ideal for families arriving with children.

You will find Interlaken hostels to suit any budget, taste, or standard; staying at an Interlaken hostel will keep your travel costs down while still allowing you to experience all the area has to offer.

Written by local enthusiast for Interlaken hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Interlaken hostels JudyM

FAQ about Interlaken Hostels

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

A hostel in Interlaken costs on average $49 for a dorm. A hostel in Interlaken with private rooms costs on average $187.
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Happy Inn Lodge is the best hostel in Interlaken for couples.
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Your Packing List for Interlaken

Your Packing List for Interlaken

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Interlaken 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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Interlaken 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 Interlaken, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
7 Total number of hostels
$49 Average dorm price
$187 Average private room price
$32 Cheapest hostel in Interlaken
Happy Inn Lodge is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Interlaken
Balmers Backpackers Hostel is the best rated
Most Interlaken hostels are located in
Unterseen, Matten, Centre
8.7 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Interlaken - from the Community

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