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Swiss Youth Hostels

Schaffhauserstrasse 14
P.O. Box
8042 Zurich / Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 360 14 14 / Fax: +41 44 360 14 60

General inquiries / Booking Center:

Booking center for youth hostels wordwide:


Bookings for groups from abroad: /

Head office business hours:

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Directory enquiries:

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm


By public transportBy tram 11 or 14 to  Zurich, Kronenstrasse stop

By carNo car parking spaces for visitors; please use the public car parking spaces in the vicinity.

Swiss Youth Hostels

"Accessible holidays for all"

With this objective and motto, the ‘Denk an mich’ Foundation and Swiss Youth Hostels (SYH) are launching a cooperation in the field of barrier–free tourism and are joining forces to make the full range of services from Swiss Youth Hostels – from the provision of information on the internet to the hostels themselves – a barrier-free experience. The project is planned to last three years and is intended to set an example for the Swiss tourism sector. The logos employed mean:

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Classification “Suitable”:

Hostels classified as “Suitable” have no barriers to obstruct standard wheelchair users. Individual, ancillary public rooms (seminar room, roof terrace, for example) may be inaccessible or accessible only with considerable difficulty.

Detailed information on barrier-free stay in the individual youth hostels can be found under the “Barrier-free” heading for the hostel concerned

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Classification “Suitable subject to certain reservations”:

A youth hostel may be classified “suitable subject to certain reservations” for a variety of reasons. The assessment is based on an evaluation of the following points:


  • individual obstructions such as low thresholds that should however be easily manageable for many wheelchair users
  • public rooms that are inaccessible for wheelchair users
  • limited space in the rooms

All hostels with this classification have at least one specially adapted wet cell (shower and WC) for people with walking disabilities.

Detailed information on barrier-free stay in the individual youth hostels can be found under the “Barrier-free” heading for the hostel concerned.

Electricity from 100 % renewable energy

Since 1 January 2009, Swiss Youth Hostels has supplied its entire electricity requirement of around 4,500 MWh per year using renewable energy. This is an important step towards CO2-free youth hostels.

The adoption of renewable energy certificates allows us to ensure the ecological added value of the electricity generated. In this way, Swiss Youth Hostels guarantees 100% CO2 neutrality in its electricity consumption.

Energie2000 - EnAW

Swiss Youth Hostels defines emission targets in conjunction with the Energy Agency for Industry (EnAW). In the period between 2008 and 2012, the targets set were far exceeded and the CO2 emissions cut by 17.3% rather than the envisaged 8.5%. In the current target agreement period running until 2020, a further reduction of 16.5% in CO2 emissions is to be achieved.

European Eco-Label and Ibex fairstay label

The European Eco-Label confirms that the enterprise to which the label was awarded reduces its consumption of energy, water and waste, uses environmentally friendly materials, and buys environmentally compatible goods.

The leading Swiss label for sustainability « Ibex fairstay » (formerly « Steinbock-Label ») stands for personally and independently tested quality in the fields of management, economic effiency, ecology, social awarness as well as for regional and culturell engagement and in this way for sustainable experiences during your vacation.

There are four possible award levels – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The higher the hostel’s sustainability performance, the higher the award it receives.


Solar panels on the roof of St. Moritz Youth Hostel

In summer 2010, 24 young people from Kenya, Poland, the USA and Switzerland installed a photovoltaic system covering an area of 160 m² and a thermal solar plant with an area of 60 m² on the roof of St. Moritz Youth Hostel as part of the Youth Solar Project of Greenpeace. The photovoltaic system supplies up to 26,680 kWh of electricity annually and therefore covers the annual consumption of 6 four-person households or one sixth of the electricity consumption of the Youth Hostel. The thermal solar plant also saves 2,700 litres of heating oil every year. The sustainably generated energy makes a major contribution as part of the Energy City label of the Municipality of St. Moritz.

GSTC - Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Hostelling International has further increased its commitment to sustainable development by joining the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), an international partnership dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices around the world. The GSTC is currently active in all UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) regions, including Africa, The Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Middle East.
At the core of GSTC’s efforts is the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, a set of voluntary principles that provide a framework for the sustainability of tourism businesses across the globe.


Max Havelaar

Since 1 December 2008, the Swiss Youth Hostels have stocked the following products bearing the Fairtrade seal of approval from the Max Havelaar Foundation:

• Coffee (6,400 kilos per annum)
• Orange juice (105,000 litres per annum)
• Rice (5,400 kilos per annum)
• Sugar (4,100 kilos per annum)
• Tea (143,000 bags per annum)

In addition, the youth hostels use products with the seal of approval in the fresh sector (foods in general) and for flowers (decorations) where possible.


Together with the environmental organisation “myclimate”, we actively support climate protection. Since 2008 guests of Swiss Youth Hostels have been able to offset their carbon emissions, which are caused by their overnight stays, by paying a contribution of 50 Centimes for each night’s stay. At that time this was unique in the Swiss accommodation sector.

“myclimate” successfully implemented the “Wind Energy in India” Project by the end of 2008 using the contributions from the Fund for Climate Projects. In 2009, the contributions were used to support a project for solar cookers in Madagascar and since 2010, the compensation contributions have been used for the "Efficient Cookers in Peru" project.

The contributions have been also been used to make wide-ranging improvements for reducing water consumption at Swiss Youth Hostels and co-finance the solar collectors at Scuol Youth Hostel, the photovoltaic system at St. Moritz Youth Hostel and the wood heating system at Davos Youth Hostel.

“myclimate”, a non-profit-making foundation, provides an emission calculator on its website. You can also use this calculator to determine and compensate your travel emissions. Thank you very much for your support!

The Minergie approach to building

Minergie is a quality label for new and renovated buildings. Those awarded the certification demonstrate significantly lower use of energy than conventional constructions. The approach was adopted by the Swiss Youth Hostels for new buildings and major conversions. A first milestone was the opening of the Minergie Youth Hostel in Zermatt in January 2004. In 2006 and 2007, the comprehensively refurbished Valbella Youth Hostel and the newly built Scuol Youth Hostel also joined the group of businesses meeting the Minergie Eco standard. May 2012 saw the opening of the new Interlaken Youth Hostel, the first accommodation establishment in Switzerland to be built to the highest ecological standard (Minergie P Eco). The Saas-Fee Youth Hostel (Minergie Eco) and the Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel (Minergie P Eco) followed in summer 2014.


The solar seal of approval from Swissolar signalises accommodation establishments that are committed to solar energy.Whether it is used to generate thermal energy or electricity is not important, nor is the size of the installation assessed.With the solar seal of approval, Swissolar is assisting accommodation establishments in publicising their commitment, because the majority of solar systems are on the roof where they are not visible to the guests.18 of the 52 Swiss Youth Hostels utilise solar energy and have received the solar seal of approval.


Swiss Youth Hostels (SYH) is a partner of WWF for sustainable tourism. At the centre of the partnership is climate protection, in that relevant aspects are systematically taken into consideration by SYH when building and operating its hostels.

The focus is on comprehensive environmental management and therefore on the application of Minergie standards, label certifications, such as ibex fairstay or the EU Eco-label as well as a multitude of further measures to ensure the highest energy efficiency. Reciprocal attractive offers for the members of both organisations also form an important part of the partnership.