You're sure to feel at home on the Richterswil Horn, a peninsula on Lake Zurich! It accommodates our youth hostel, with a large park and direct access to the lake.
The grand house, formerly a silk factory, offers its guests comfortable rooms with a view of the lake, seminar and meeting rooms, and a charming terrace. The green-blue waters of Lake Zurich are the jewel in the crown for any event or active sports holiday. There are also numerous attractions in the surrounding area, such as the ruins of Old Wädenswil Castle, marked by the turmoil of the Reformation, or the impressive Einsiedeln Abbey, a place of pilgrimage. Especially the "Gottfried-Keller-Plätzli" in Burghalden and the lakeside path offer beautiful views of the islands of Ufenau, Lützelau and Schönenwirt, and of the foothills of the Glarus and Appenzell Alps.
Take suburban railway (S-Bahn) No. 2 or 8 from Zurich to Richterswil (every 30 minutes). From Richterswil station/boat landing stage it’s a three-minute walk along the lakeside path to the youth hostel.
From Zurich airport, it’s 41 minutes on suburban railway No. 2 to Richterswil (direct train connection).
Take the Richterswil motorway exit and drive to the village. Turn left at Seestrasse and straight ahead until you see the signpost “Horn”/Jugendherberge. The youth hostel has a limited number of chargeable car parking spaces.
(from Richterswil Railway Station approx. 400m)
From Richterswil Railway Station continue along the lake for approx. 400m, in a north-westerly direction. At the yacht harbour turn right along to follow the edge of the lake. After about 50m you will find the Youth Hostel on the left-hand side. Access to the building is provided by the ramp that leads to the terrace to the side of the main entrance.
Number of beds
Spaces for bicycles
Bed linen included
Prices & availability
Breakfast buffet incl. 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
Further price information
- All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 2.50 per person/night, including VAT.
- Non-members pay a daily sur-charge: CHF 7.–, families CHF 14.–, Groups: CHF 55.– / 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 garden terrace is paved in composite stone, while the garden seating area consists of gravel. The internet terminals are seat terminals and wheelchair-friendly.
27 of the rooms of Richterswil Youth Hostel offer barrier-free access, and 55 beds are disability-friendly.
Room Barrier-free beds per room 15 rooms with two beds 2 beds 11 rooms with four beds 2 beds 1 room with six beds 3 beds
The ground floor, the garden terrace and the garden seating area are raised slightly relative to the road. Entrance to the building is effected via a ramp with a 4 % incline leading to the garden terrace, enabling the difference in elevation to be overcome with ease.
The building has a generously sized lift linking the floors.
- The width of the corridor in front of the elevator is 180 cm
- The width of the elevator door is 80 cm
- Elevator width: 100 cm
- Elevator depth: 130 cm
The width of the doors to the rooms is 77cm.
Barrier-free wet cell
A wheelchair-friendly WC with Closomet as well as a wheelchair-friendly shower is provided on both storeys.
By train / by foot
From Richterswil Railway Station approx. 400m
From Zurich on S-Bahn train No. 2 or 8 to Richterswil (every 30 mins.). From Zurich Airport on S-Bahn train No. 2 to Richterswil in 50 mins. (direct train). From Richterswil Railway Station continue along the lake for approx. 400m, in a north-westerly direction. At the yacht harbour turn right along to follow the edge of the lake. After about 50m you will find the Youth Hostel on the left-hand side.
From the motorway exit Richterswil, drive towards the village. On the Seestrasse turn left and keep straight on until you come to the sign “Horn/Jugendherberge”. 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.
- LZU Behindertentransport
Phone +41 44 781 49 49
approx. 400m, at the Railway station
- Paracelsus-Apotheke Richterswil
Phone: +41 44 784 60 60
Industry with a lakeside view
In many places in Switzerland, the dependence on water energy and the still comparatively low prices of building land have resulted in the paradox that some of the first factories were erected in prime locations that not many of those working inside could possibly have afforded for their own homes. The flat estuaries of rivers or streams into the lakes made it easier to build business premises and provided space for subsequent extensions.
Wine, silk and rubber
In 1841, wine merchant Johann Jakob Blattmann had a feudal mansion built in the classical style together with an adjoining winery on the Richterswil Horn.
His early death in 1848 forced his surviving descendants to sell the property just a few years later. The successful bidder, Johann Konrad Egli from Küs-nacht, installed looms for the production silk in the cellars. With a working day of twelve hours at that time, the poorly-illuminated cellar wing was unsuitable for long-term use however. In 1855, Johann Konrad Egli had a new building constructed in its place which due to its roof shape, similar proportions and classical exterior identical to the residential building gave the unmistakable impression of a set of buildings that belonged together.
In the second half of the 19th century, the Swiss silk industry increasingly gathered momentum. At that time, the Egli silk factory employed more than 80 factory workers and up to 500 employees working at home. Nevertheless, its success was short-lived. With Johann Konrad Egli’s death in 1862, his successors lacked the financial resources to continue the business.
The subsequent companies were unable to escape this destiny either. From 1868, the subsequent “Mechanische Seidenstofffärberei Zürich” silk dyeing works rented the premises, followed from 1900 by the Wädenswiler Seidenstoffweberei Gessner silk weaving factory. Silk production finally came to an end during the interwar depression. For two years the premises housed the neighbouring calico printing works. This was followed from1929 by the production of rubberised cloth. It was only in 1976, with the acquisition of the tongue of land by the Canton of Zurich for recreational purposes that peace at last seemed to come to the Horn area.
It was all worth it in the end...
On completion of the purchase, the Canton immediately had a usage concept drawn up for the area. In addition to residential accommodation, a boat shed, restaurant and multi-story car park, it also provided for a youth hostel. Sadly the all too numerous interests and the unresolved financing of the area prevented a quick realisation. When ten years later, with the demolition of the factory building that had been envisaged for the youth hostel, the idea of a youth hostel at the Horn seemed buried forever. Almost at the last moment, the youth hostel once again became a political issue. At the end of 1988, the canton unanimously approved the building finance and the youth hostel opened its doors on 04 July 1992.