Countless spa guests can't be wrong: for around 150 years, people have been enjoying the fresh air, cool mountain lakes and incredible Alpine panoramas in Davos.
Situated in a renovated sanatorium, Youth Palace Davos welcomes you in style with its antique recliners, sunny location and an incredible view across the village and summits of the Grisons mountains. With the Parsenn funicular railway close by, there's a new adventure every day for families and solo travellers, and many are free or heavily discounted with the guest card. In summer, you can meet up at or on Lake Davos, and the mountains promise both adrenaline hits for bikers and active experiences for hikers. In winter, you can whiz past numerous snow-capped peaks, such as the Weissfluhjoch or the Jakobshorn, in one of the winter sport arena's six skiing areas.
With the Rhätische Railway from Landquart to Davos Dorf, then with the local bus as far as the "Schiabach" stop.
From Landquart to Davos. When you reach the Hotel Dischma, about 1 km after entering the resort, turn right into Horlaubenstrasse. The youth hostel has a limited number of chargeable car parking spaces, for which advance reservation is recommended.
(From Davos Dorf Railway Station, 900m, approx. 15 Swiss Trac minutes) Swiss Trac is recommended, as the path to the Youth Hostel is very steep.
From Landquart Railway Station take the Rhätischen Bahn to "Davos Dorf Station". Take the local bus line 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7 to the stop "Schiabach". Now go back some 100m along the "Promenade", and turn left into ‘Horlaubenstrasse’. Continue along the road uphill for approx. 400m.
The Youth Hostel is located at the first sharp left-hand curve (sizeable Kurhaus Building). Pass the main entrance in order to access the rear (south-western) side of the building. Level access is available here. Please call the reception in order to enable the doors to be opened.
Number of beds
Spaces for bicycles
Bed linen included
Prices & 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 Dinner Monday - Sunday 6 – 7.30 pm
Further price information
- All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 3.40 (May – Nov) / CHF 4.- (Dec – Apr) 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 main entrance can only be reached via a flight of steps. However, there is a side entrance at ground level located at the rear narrow side of the building. Please call the reception upon arrival.
36 rooms of the Youthpalace Davos have barrier-free access.
Room Barrier-free beds per room 21 double rooms with shower/WC 1 bed 13 family rooms with shower/WC 2 beds 2 4-bed rooms with washbasin 2 beds
All rooms have a small threshold of 2.5 cm.
All rooms (except roof terrace) are wheelchair accessible, and can be reached using the elevator, which connects all 7 storeys.
- The width of the corridor in front of the elevator is 250 cm.
- The width of the elevator door is 79 cm.
- Elevator width: 90 cm
- Elevator depth: 116 cm
The width of the doors to the rooms is 78 cm.
Barrier-free wet cells
A barrier-free shower/WC is located on the 3rd storey.
The wet cell dimensions are:
- Width of wet cell door: 80 cm
- WC seat height: 46 cm
- The washbasin is wheelchair accessible: 83 cm
- Shower seat
- Shower handle
By train / by foot
From Davos Dorf Railway Station, 900m, approx. 15 Swiss Trac minutes. Swiss Trac is recommended, as the path to the Youth Hostel is very steep.
From Landquart Railway Station take the Rhätischen Bahn to "Davos Dorf Station". Take the local bus line 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7 to the stop "Schiabach". Now go back some 100m along the "Promenade", and turn left into "Horlaubenstrasse". Continue along the road uphill for approx. 400m.
From Lanquart to Davos. The Youth Hostel is located at the first sharp left-hand curve (sizeable Kurhaus Building). Pass the main entrance in order to access the rear (south-western) side of the building. Level access is available here. Please call the reception in order to enable the doors to be opened. The youth hostel has only normal, chargeable 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.
- Rhätische Bahn
- Information about public transport for people in wheelchairs (website only in German, French and Italian)
- Swiss Railways (SBB)
- Angelos Taxiunternehmen, Phone: +41 81 416 73 73
- Gotschnataxi: Tel.: +41 81 420 20 20
- Amavita Apotheke Flüela
Phone: +41 58 851 32 25
- "Davosersee Rundweg", route no. 704
- Wheelchair hiking routes, a variety of ‘pram-friendly hiking routes’ which can also be recommended for wheelchair users. Information: Davos Tourismus, Phone: +41 81 415 21 21
- Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF (Building is accessible for people in wheelchairs)
- Mobility International Switzerland: barrier-free excursions and activities
A touch of Magic Mountain
Davos stands for a world of sanatoriums, which at the beginning of the 20th century was not only synonymous with ill health. Patients’ minds and spirits were stimulated in the mountain world which was a totally incomparable experience for many of them. In the alpine community of people sharing the same destiny, far away from everyday life and duties, a rather special form of living flourished.
The history of Davos spa tourism can be traced back to the winter of 1865/66 during which two sick guests stayed in Davos whose health rapidly improved in the high-altitude climate. This led Dr. Alexander Spengler, the local doctor, together with partners in Davos, to organise the construction of a spa house, which later became the Hotel Europe. Fifteen years later, there followed a home for the seriously ill, the subsequent Alexanderhaus. Jan Wilem Holsboer also decided to move there from Holland due to his wife’s ill-health and acted as the Director of the Kurhaus for many years. He succeeded in making Davos ever-more well-known and arranged for the spa resort to be connected to the Rhaetian Railway network at a very early date.
In the meantime, the tuberculosis bacterium was discovered and its long-suspected infection risk confirmed. Working in his own sanatorium, Dr. Karl Turban was the first to improve what had been poor hygienic conditions up to that time and introduced a recumbent therapy with strict periods of rest. He had his own specially designed reclining chairs produced for this purpose which still characterise the image of the sanatorium word to this day.
Whereas the first sanatorium buildings were still constructed in the urban manner with historicising style elements, the arrival of the 20th century brought with it an increasingly characteristic construction type. Large halls for recumbent patients in the form of graceful external balcony constructions defined the main facades of the buildings.
The avant-garde era
One year after the opening of the newly constructed Waldsanatorium, the wife of writer Thomas Mann stayed there for therapy in 1912. It is to be assumed that he absorbed the essential impressions of the seclusion of this Davos patient community that forms the central issue of his novel “The Magic Mountain” in the course of his visits.
Davos, however, did not enjoy its heyday until the inter-war years. An intelligentsia consisting of writers, painters and architects popularised the modern Davos. Flat roofs became compulsory for new buildings. Even the gable roof of the town hall was demolished during this period and replaced with a flat roof. The architectural highlight was probably reached with the Klinik Clavadel by Rudolf Gabarel in 1932. Nowadays it is regarded as an important representative of the classical modernity in Switzerland.
It was a similar story with the present youth hostel in Davos-Dorf, the former “Beau-Site” sanatorium erected in 1913. From a slightly elevated position, it overlooks Davos-Dorf, pointing down the valley towards the sun with its spacious resting hall level. Following a first refurbishment in the classic-expressionist style in 1927, it was renamed the Sanatorium Albula. In 1957, the steep gable roof was replaced with a flat roof.
During its most recent refurbishment, the building underwent conversion by Swiss Youth Hostels in 2000–2001 to become the first Swiss “Youthpalace”.