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Holidays in Ticino with a difference – sleep at the foot of a medieval fortress listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site!

Outside view and house Bellinzona Youth Hostel



Montebello Youth Hostel is part of a large villa with a breathtaking backdrop and an eventful history. Castello di Montebello, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland and part of an impressive fortress which is classed as a World Heritage site, rises majestically right behind the hostel. A private school and boarding school for girls until the early 1990s, these days primary and secondary school pupils enter and leave the building alongside our guests. The hostel's peaceful location away from the daily hustle and bustle of the transport hub of Bellinzona is just as advantageous as its proximity to the historic town centre and the train station, where it's easy to start a trip to Swissminiatur.

  • Bellinzona Youth Hostel
    Istituto Santa Maria
    Via Nocca 4
    6500 Bellinzona
  • Check-in: 15:00 - 19:00 Check-out: 08:00 - 10:00

Opening times

Types 2018 2019
Opening dates    
Opening dates 01.03.2018 - 30.11.2018 01.03.2019 - 30.11.2019
Check In/Out    
Check-in 15:00 - 19:00 15:00 - 19:00
Check-out 08:00 - 10:00 08:00 - 10:00
Reception times    
Mon to Fri: 08:00 - 10:00
15:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 10:00
15:00 - 19:00
Sat and Sun: 08:00 - 10:00
15:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 10:00
15:00 - 19:00
Meal times    
Breakfast 07:00 - 10:00 07:00 - 10:00
Dinner 18:30 - 19:30 18:30 - 19:30

How to find us

Bellinzona, arrival by public transport/on foot:

When you leave the station, turn left and head through the old town’s pedestrianised area (Viale Stazione). When you reach the Piazza Indipendenza, follow signs to the youth hostel until you reach our pedestrian entrance on Via Bonzanigo (around 15 minutes). You can also take the bus from the station (number 3 or 5) to Piazza Indipendenza. It is two minutes’ walk from there.

By car: Take the Bellinzona Süd motorway exit; continue northwards on the Via Franco Zorzi. Turn right at the traffic lights (you will see the bus stop Arte e Mestieri on your left, and a modern red building on your right), then immediately take the next left, then turn right again. You should now have reached the Piazza Indipendenza: from here, follow the signs to the youth hostel (or CERVIA) (around 6 km).

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 15.50 CHF
    Dinner on request 15.50 CHF
    Packed lunch on request 8.50 CHF

    Lunch and dinner are only available for groups and upon request (at least 3 weeks in advance).

    • All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 2.40 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 to 12 years, accommodation prices / group prices apply
    • Car park per night (01 Jul – 30 Aug) CHF 5.–
    • Voluntary CO2-Compensation CHF 0.30
    • Rates are subject to change
    • All rates in CHF

    In the Canton of Ticino, the law prohibits the accommodation of people under the age of 16 unless they are accompanied by an adult. In the other cantons, people aged between 14 and 16 years require written consent from their parents when travelling alone.

  • 7 rooms and a total of 17 beds at the Bellinzona Youth Hostel have barrier-free access.

    Barrier-free accommodation

    Room Barrier-free beds per room
    2 double rooms 1 bed each
    2 family rooms 3 beds each
    3 rooms with 7 beds 3 beds each

    All the ramps in the hostel have a slope of less than 6%.

    The youth hostel also has a wheelchair-accessible lift.

    • The width of the corridor in front of the elevator is 2 x 3 m
    • The width of the elevator door is 72.5 cm.
    • Elevator width: 100 cm
    • Elevator depth: 82 cm

    The room door width is 80 cm.

    Barrier-free wet cell

    On the 5th floor there is a barrier-free shower/WC.

    Barrier-free arrival

    By train / by foot

    Turn left on leaving the station, go straight across the old town pedestrian zone (Viale Stazione); when you reach the Piazza Indipendenza, follow the youth hostel signs. You will find our pedestrian access in the Via Bonzanigo (ca. 15 min.). By bus from the station (line No. 1 or No. 56) to Piazza Indipendenza then 2 mins. on foot.

    By car

    • Variant I (motorway exit Bellinzona North): take the right-hand lane towards Bellinzona, then follow the main road for ca. 4 km straight ahead (heading south, towards Bellinzona, Lugano, Locarno), left at the traffic roundabout after the COOP, followed immediately by another left turn (direction car park Cervia, Ospedale), then follow the youth hostel signs (ca. 5 km).
    • Variant II (motorway exit Bellinzona South): continue heading north on the Via Franco Zorzi. Turn right at the traffic lights (on the left, the Arte e Mestieri bus stop, on the right, a modern red building) and immediately afterwards take the next left, then right again. You are now on the Piazza Indipendenza. Follow the youth hostel signs (or CERVIA) (ca. 6 km).
    • The youth hostel has only normal, chargeable parking spaces beneath the youth hostel. 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


    STB Fondazione trasporti per persone handicappate
    via Tommaso Rodari 6
    6500 Bellinzona
    Phone +41 91 825 55 88

    Closest pharmacy

    Farmacia Nazionale
    Piazza Nosetto
    6500 Bellinzona

    Phone: +41 91 825 16 55
    Fax:+41 91 825 18 46


Current specials

Your benefits in the area

  • Ticino Ticket: (incl. free use of public transport throughout Ticino)
  • Concession for the Bellinzona open-air swimming pool
  • 10% discount in three restaurants in the inner city (details available from reception)



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