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The youth hostel right next to the old town of Avenches is your gateway to the Roman town, the vineyards on Mont Vully and the Three Lakes region.

Exterior view Avenches Youth Hostel



Owing to comprehensive renovation and extension work carried out in 2013/14, this youth hostel is a favourite with hikers, cyclists, horse riders, culture vultures, language students, families and school classes alike. The former orphanage boasts a beautiful garden where willows and chestnut trees reach towards the skies, a bright and airy restaurant, modern, functional rooms and a barrier-free wooden pavilion. Unforgettable experiences are guaranteed thanks to the very well-maintained Roman amphitheatre, which is within easy walking distance, the ruins of the former Roman town, pleasure hikes through the vineyards, fun in the sun in one of the nearby stretches of water and, of course, the professionally run French courses.

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  • Avenches Youth Hostel
    Rue du Lavoir 5
    1580 Avenches
  • Check-in: 17:00 - 21:00 Check-out: 07:30 - 10:00

Opening times

Types 2024 2025
Opening dates    
Opening dates 21.03.2024 - 19.10.2024 21.03.2025 - 19.10.2025
Check In/Out    
Check-in 17:00 - 21:00 17:00 - 21:00
Check-out 07:30 - 10:00 07:30 - 10:00
Reception times    
Mon to Fri: 07:30 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
07:30 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
Sat and Sun: 07:30 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
07:30 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
Meal times    
Breakfast buffet 07:30 - 09:00 07:30 - 09:00
Dinner 18:30 - 20:00 18:30 - 20:00

How to find us

By train:

Take the train from Fribourg via Payerne (one hour) or from Bern via Kerzers (50 minutes). The youth hostel is 15 minutes’ walk across the town from the station. Alternatively, you can take the number 544 bus to the stop Faubourg, or the local Aventibus to the stop Avenches Joli-Val (10 minutes).

On foot from the train station:

From Avenches train station, walk up Avenue Général-Guisan, located opposite the train station, to the right of the ‘La Romana’ restaurant. The old post office is no longer located at the end of the street. From there, there are two ways to get to the youth hostel.

You can either keep going straight along the Tour du Vully promenade and go around the town. At the end, you’ll come to a car park which you need to cross and then take a right until the street branches off. Take the left and walk downhill. At the roundabout, you’ll see signs for the youth hostel. Follow the Rue du Lavoir street. We’re located on the left hand side, at the end of the street.

Or from the Avenue de Général Guisan, you can take a left through the town and go via the church square (where you’ll also find the tourist office and the church). The town hall is also located here, and to the left you’ll see the Benneville tower. From there, you can walk down the steps and go straight over the roundabout. The youth hostel is located on the next street on the right, Rue d’Oleyres (look out for a store with old bicycles).

By car:

From the main road, turn off in Fribourg in the direction of Donatyre (signposted). The youth hostel has a limited number of parking spaces for an extra charge.

Room categories

  • Number of beds
  • Single room
  • Double rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Shared rooms
  • Barrier-free rooms


Prices (in CHF) and availability

  • Breakfast buffet   incl.
    Lunch on request CHF 19.50
    Dinner CHF 19.50
    Dinner for children ages 2 to 5 CHF 8.50
    Dinner for children ages 6 to 12 CHF 14.50
    Packed lunch on request CHF 10.00

     Yoummi – the catering option from Swiss Youth Hostels

    • All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 2.50 per person/night, including VAT.
    • You have the option to purchase a Membercard, which enables you to benefit from lower accommodation rates. Become a member now!
    • Find our children's prices on the family page
    • Group rates for children ages 2 to 5, a flat rate of CHF 15.–; ages 6 to 12 years, accommodation prices / group prices apply
    • Car park per night CHF 10.–
    • Voluntary climate protection contribution CHF 0.30
    • Rates are subject to change, all rates in CHF
  • The newly refurbished youth hostel in Avenches is a showpiece of how even heritage buildings can offer obstacle-free accommodation. The wheelchair-accessible pavilion comprising two double rooms with shower/WC and the exterior space is linked to all public areas of the main house by a covered walkway. In addition, there is a disabled-friendly bathroom on the ground floor of the main building allowing full use of the day rooms.

    Room Barrier-free beds per room
    2 double rooms with shower/WC barrier-free 2 beds

    The ramps have a maximum slope of 6%.

    The main building has no lift.

    The room door width is 80 cm.

    Barrier-free bathroom

    A disabled-friendly toilet and shower is located on the ground floor of the main building. The two pavilion rooms have a fully disabled-friendly bathroom.

    The bathroom dimensions are:

    • Width of bathroom door: 80 cm
    • WC seat height: 44 cm
    • The washbasin is wheelchair accessible: 68 cm
    • Shower seat
    • Shower handle

    Barrier-free journey

    By train / on foot

    From Fribourg via Payerne by train in an hour, from Bern via Kerzers in 50 mins. Take the No. 544 bus from the station to the Faubourg stop.

    By car

    Turn off from the main road in Fribourg towards Donatyre (sign). The youth hostel has four chargeable, wheelchair-accessible parking spaces. Please ensure you make an advance reservation. We will be pleased to make the disabled car parking space available free of charge for holders of the official blue disabled person’s parking permit.

    Useful information

    Links for public transport


    Avenches Taxis
    Ch. de la Plaine 9
    1580 Avenches
    Tel: +41 26 676 03 44

    Closest pharmacy

    Pharmacieplus Avenchoise
    Rte du Pré-Vert 5b
    1580 Avenches
    Tel: +41 26 552 55 13


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