Hostel in Lausanne, Switzerland

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

A Gallo-Roman settlement named Lousonna -- at the site of present-day Lausanne -- was based around the Geneva Lake. At the crossroads of many routes, it was abandoned after the Germanic invasions in the third or fourth century. The city was visited by many pilgrims in the Middle Ages due to its cathedrals. It was taken over by Bern in the sixteenth century and it was under its control for many years before Lausanne became part of today’s Switzerland.

Today, Lausanne is growing rapidly, and with population of more than one hundred and thirty-five thousand, it is the fourth-largest Swiss city. There is not so much to do in the city, but a boat trip on the Geneva Lake is a must. You can also visit the Botanical Garden of Lausanne or the Notre Dame Cathedral of Lausanne, a Gothic-style building from the thirteenth century. The Château d'Ouchy was built in the twelfth century by the Bishop of Lausanne and it is located on the shore of the Geneva Lake. There are other cathedrals, palaces, churches, and museums which are also worth visiting. In Lausanne are located the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, the University of Lausanne, and the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne.

Lausanne is not a tourist destination, and logically, you cannot find many hostels in Lausanne. However, finding a hostel in Lausanne is not too hard and most hostels are located near the train station or near the camping area near the Geneva Lake. Like almost all other cities in Switzerland, Lausanne hostels are very expensive and many people decide not to stay in Lausanne due to their prices. If you can afford the prices, however, you would most probably like your Lausanne hostel as it will offer good conditions. On the other side, do not expect to have a great social life at your Lausanne hostel, as the city is a rather quiet and reserved place.

Written by local enthusiast for Lausanne hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Lausanne hostels George Traveller

FAQ about Lausanne Hostels

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A hostel in Lausanne costs on average $56 for a dorm. A hostel in Lausanne with private rooms costs on average $171.
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Your Packing List for Lausanne

Your Packing List for Lausanne

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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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Lausanne 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 Lausanne, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
$56 Average dorm price
$171 Average private room price
$56 Cheapest hostel in Lausanne
8.4 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Lausanne - from the Community

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