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Our smallest youth hostel, near the Rütli meadow, instils an authentic Swiss feeling and will captivate all romantics.

Exterior view and house with trees and mountains Seelisberg Youth Hostel



On the sunny terrace above Lake Lucerne, surrounded by forests and meadows, lies a traditional «Gadenhaus», which was converted into a very special youth hostel in 1991. The unique view of Lake Uri and the covered seating area with barbecue guarantee cosy and convivial moments in the heart of nature. The lounge brims with atmosphere thanks to a tiled stove and wood-burning stove, and a modern self-catering kitchen has been installed next to them. The Swiss Path is practically at the front door, and in half an hour you can reach the legendary Rütli. Alternatively, you can hike to the small mountain lake and enjoy a refreshing swim.

  • Seelisberg Youth Hostel
    Gadenhaus beim Rütli
    Rütliweg 8
    6377 Seelisberg

Opening times

Types 2024 2025
Opening dates    
Opening dates 29.03.2024 - 27.10.2024 28.03.2025 - 19.10.2025
Check In/Out    
Check-in 16:00 - 20:00 16:00 - 20:00
Check-out 08:00 - 10:00 08:00 - 10:00
Reception times    
Mon to Fri: 08:00 - 10:00 08:00 - 10:00
Sat and Sun: 08:00 - 10:00 08:00 - 10:00
Meal times    
Breakfast buffet 00:00 - 00:00 00:00 - 00:00

How to find us

By train:

Possibility 1: By train via Lucerne to Brunnen or Flüelen
By ship from Brunnen or Flüelen to Treib
By cog-wheel railway from Treib to Seelisberg station
By walk 15 minutes from Seelisberg station

Possibility 2: By train via Lucerne to Brunnen or Flüelen
By ship from Brunnen or Flüelen to Rütli
By walk 30 minutes from Rütli to Seelisberg

Possibility 3: By train to Stans
By bus from Stans to Seelisberg station
By walk 15 minutes from Seelisberg station

By car:

By car via Lucerne to Stans, drive out Beckenried-Seelisberg
By walk 15 minutes from car park
Information: access by car directly to the hostel only with permission

Check the detailed map for arrival routes, parking and walking routes on the website (PDF).

Room categories

  • Number of beds
  • Double rooms
  • Shared rooms


Prices (in CHF) and availability

    • All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 1.50 (adults) / CHF 1.– (children untill 16 years) per person/night, including VAT.
    • Seelisberg Youth Hostel does not offer breakfast service.
    • The Hostel Card Standard is included in the price of accommodation and is valid from the day of arrival to the day of departure.
    • You have the option of purchasing a Hostel Card Premium and benefit from cheaper accommodation prices in all Swiss youth Hostels. More information about the Hostel Card Premium
    • Groups (minimum of 10 people) are advised to buy a Hostel Card Premium (personal: CHF 55.– / non-personal: CHF 99.–)
    • Find our children's prices on the family page
    • Group rates for children ages 2 to 5 years, a flat rate of CHF 15.–; from ages 6 to 12 years, accommodation prices / group prices apply
    • Accommodation of dogs on request CHF 15. – per dog and night, without food
    • Car park per night CHF 10.–
    • Voluntary climate protection contribution CHF 0.30
    • Rates are subject to change
    • All rates in CHF
  • The house at the Rütli

    Just a stone’s throw away from the historically important Rütli Meadow where the original confederates swore their oath of allegiance, overnight accommodation of a special kind is available for hikers on the “Swiss Path” hiking trail created to mark the 700th anniversary of the confederation. What is probably the oldest surviving Gadenhaus in the Canton of Uri dating from 1750, today houses a youth hostel with a total of 25 beds and gives an inkling of the cramped conditions in which people lived in those days.

    The Gadenhaus

    The term “Gadenhaus” is used to describe an old traditional type of farm house in which the stable, feeding barn and living quarters are all combined under a single roof.

    The Gadenhaus near the Rütli lies below the commune of Seelisberg on a slope overlooking Lake Lucerne. Although just a few hundred metres from the church as the crow flies, it is not easily accessible from the village. Today the “Swiss Path” created in 1991 leads from the Treib landing stage in the direction of Rütli Meadow, passing directly by the hostel and linking it into this historic context.

    Reflecting the steep topography, the more than 17-meter-wide building has a modest depth of only around 6 metres. It is constructed in the traditional wooden log style and protected against rising damp by a quarrystone base. At the time of its construction in the mid-18th century, the Gadenhaus was divided up into four adjoining sections.

    The straw barn formed the first section in the south. The room cuts deeply into the slope at this point and lies around half a metre lower than the rest of the building. Accordingly, the solid base was built above ground floor level on all sides. Straw and wood were stored on the upper floor.

    The second section consisted of the largest room space in the building. On the ground floor the stable provided two rows of cattle stalls. Above this was the hay loft or so-called “Obergaden”. Thanks to the slope, the hay could be brought indoors directly via an opening on the uphill side and supplied to the stable via a trapdoor.

    The third section, the living quarters, was relatively modest. On the ground floor was a living room with a small tiled stove. The room height was barely over 1.80 metres. From there, a steep staircase led to the bedroom above which was heated by the living room.
    The final section was the kitchen at the northern end. It had no upper floor and extended up to the already very low roof. In the back, a door led behind the room into the underground storage chamber.

    The youth hostel

    In cooperation with the cantonal office for the preservation of cultural property, a conversion concept was implemented which placed great emphasis on retaining the existing structures of the old building. Two underground extensions into the slope at each end of the building produced the urgently needed space for washing facilities and a kitchen. At the same time, they are part of a new retaining wall that reinstated the protection on the uphill side. On the ground floor are the day room, wash room and dining room. The sleeping areas are located on the upper floor with a row of mattress areas. For once, sleeping in multi-bed rooms is no relic of bygone days, but in this plain and simple building, there is no other feasible option.

  • Check the map for arrival routes, parking and walking routes.

    Map (PDF)

Benefits in the area

  • Seelisberg Guest Card: benefit from various discounts, such as a discount on the natural pool at Seelisberger Seeli and an Urnersee day pass at a special price
  • With a membership with Swiss Youth Hostels, you enjoy additional benefits
  • CHF 20 voucher for your paragliding flight at



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