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We’re celebrating two anniversaries

In May 2023, the Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism (SSST) turned 50 years old. Just one year later, on 28 April 2024, we, the Swiss Youth Hostels, will be celebrating our 100th anniversary. Our eventful anniversary year comes to an end with our 100th birthday and the celebration with around 500 invited guests in Rapperswil-Jona. We were able to share numerous events, challenges and many other highlights with you. Take a look back with us:

50 years SSST

On 11 May 2023, the Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism turned 50! You can find out more about the background, stories and much more on this page. Together with its most important partners, the foundation celebrated this special milestone on its birthday at Fällanden Youth Hostel.

100 years Swiss Youth Hostels

The Swiss Youth Hostels, or more precisely the "Genossenschaft für Jugendherbergen Zürich", were founded on 28 April 1924. A century is a long time in which many stories have been written. You can find out how the youth hostels have changed over these years in our exhibition at Burgdorf Castle Museum.

Anniversary highlights

New mascot

Do you already know our new mascot Tanneli? No?! Then take a quick look at the page. Our mascot will be happy to introduce himself to you personally!

Youth Challenge

We sent four teams across Switzerland in the summer of 2023. The trips were full of adventure and great moments with friends. You have decided that the Pastapläuschler did the trip best. Congratulations to them!

Mountain forest projects

Help preserve, maintain and protect the forest and cultural landscape in the alpine regions of Trin and Schaan-Vaduz! Do good and stay free for 1 week!

Snowsports camp in Interlaken

Take a look back with us at our anniversary snow sports camp in Interlaken and gain an insight into the lively camp life in a youth hostel. During the week, more than 70 children were able to spend an eventful week in the mountains.