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 Schwyz. To help you make friends with Schwyz before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Schwyz, Switzerland, is the capital of the canton of Schwyz in Central Switzerland. In the French part, the term "Schwytz" is used; in the Italian-speaking region, the name is "Svitto." It is situated between Lake Lucerne and the small Lake Lauerz. The official language is German. Around fifteen thousand people live in Schwyz.
The town is well-known for its cherry blossoms and numerous cherry specialties. In addition, the world-famous Swiss penknives come from the town of Schwyz. Architecture lovers appreciate the beautiful townscape with the scenic village square. Surrounded by manor houses, the old parish church, and the town hall, the square belongs to the most beautiful ones in the whole country. If you want to visit Schwyz, you can expect maximum temperatures ranging from twenty to twenty-three degrees Celsius in summer. During the winter time the average maximum temperatures drop to six degrees Celsius.
Your options for a hostel in Schwyz, Switzerland, will be scarce; there are several hotels, holiday apartments, and guesthouses in the region as well. Your Schwyz, Switzerland hostel will have good quality, reasonable prices, and parking spaces. If you cannot find a place to stay, check out Lucerne (in German "Luzern,") which provides additional hostels and is also located as eponym by Lake Lucerne.
The nearby Lake Lucerne (in German, "Vierwaldstättersee"), is the fourth largest in Switzerland. The surface area covers more than a hundred and ten square kilometres. The lake has a complicated shape, with four arms and some sharp bends. The surrounding mountains create a beautiful panorama, with a very relaxing atmosphere; you can take the ferries to explore more of the authentic nature. Sport enthusiasts will enjoy the Mathenregion hiking area. It is very popular with families in winter, as well.
Moreover, the town of Schwyz is an important starting point to the Muota Valley, a wild Karst mountain valley. Schwyz has several important heritage sites of national significance. The most important is the Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation (in German, "Bundesbriefmuseum"). The building was erected in the thirties and provides a shrine for the historical Federal Charter of 1291, which is considered to be the founding document of the Swiss Confederation.
Written by local enthusiast for Schwyz hostelsFlo