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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.

Outside area and house 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 dining room, 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.

  • Avenches Youth Hostel
    Rue du Lavoir 5
    1580 Avenches

Opening times

Types 2018 2019
Opening dates    
Opening dates 29.03.2018 - 21.10.2018 05.04.2019 - 27.10.2019
Check In/Out    
Check-in 17:00 - 22:00 17:00 - 22:00
Check-out 07:00 - 10:00 07:00 - 10:00
Reception times    
Mon to Fri: 07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
Sat and Sun: 07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
Meal times    
Breakfast 07:30 - 09:00 07:30 - 09:00
Dinner 18:30 - 20:00 18:30 - 20:00

How to find us

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).

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 17.50 CHF
    Dinner 17.50 CHF
    Dinner for children aged 2–5 years 8.50 CHF
    Dinner for children aged 6–12 years 14.50 CHF
    Packed lunch on request 8.50 CHF
    • All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 2.– per person/night, including VAT.
    • Non-members pay a surcharge for the day membership of: CHF 7.–, families CHF 14.–
    • Benefits of our annual membership
    • Groups (minimum of 10 people) are advised to buy an annual membership (personal: CHF 55.– / non-personal: CHF 99.–)
    • Children aged 2 to 5 stay for just CHF 15.– and children aged 6 to 12 for just CHF 25.– per night in the parents’ or grandparents’ room, including breakfast. Babies aged from 0 to 1 stay in a cot, where available, free of charge. Children’s prices do not apply to double rooms.
    • Group rates for children aged 2–5 years, a flat rate of CHF 15.–; from 6–12 years, accommodation prices / group prices apply
    • Car park per night CHF 7.–
    • Voluntary CO2-Compensation 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 wet cell 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 wet cell

    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 wet cell.

    The wet cell dimensions are:

    • Width of wet cell 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 two 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

    Pharmacie et Droguerie Avenchoise
    La Mandragore
    Dominique Zillweger
    Rue Centrale 31
    1580 Avenches
    Tel: +41 26 676 92 20


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Member benefits

  • Accommodation at a special price for members
  • Network of 51 Swiss Youth Hostels
  • With a membership with Swiss Youth Hostels, you enjoy additional benefits



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