Valbella-Lenzerheide
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Valbella-Lenzerheide

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In the sunny, high-lying valley of Valbella-Lenzerheide, our youth hostel has a stunning 5-star view of the mountain panorama and Heidsee lake!

Exterior view winter and building Valbella-Lenzerheide Youth Hostel

Valbella-Lenzerheide

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Summer predominantly attracts hikers and bikers to the valley slopes, but the hiking network, which is also generally usable in winter, provides for special walks with panoramic views in winter, too. At this time of year, our motto is "ski in – ski out!", as this family-friendly hostel is situated right next to the ski lift and has its own ski and bike cellar. Exclusively for night owls and early risers, the holiday region organises snow nights with night skiing and snow groomer rides, and early bird mountain ascents to see the sun rise on the Rothorn. Here you can also take your bike and whiz down one of the five professionally designed courses at the Lenzerheide Bike Park.

  • Valbella-Lenzerheide Youth Hostel
    Voa Sartons 41
    7077 Valbella-Lenzerheide
    Switzerland
  • Check-in: 16:00 - 22:00 Check-out: 08:00 - 10:00
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Opening times

Types Winter 2018/19 Summer 2019 Winter 2019/20
Opening dates      
Opening dates 07.12.2018 - 31.03.2019 07.06.2019 - 20.10.2019 13.12.2019 - 31.03.2020
Check In/Out      
Check-in 16:00 - 22:00 16:00 - 21:00 16:00 - 21:00
Check-out 08:00 - 10:00 08:00 - 10:00 08:00 - 10:00
Reception times      
Mon to Fri: 08:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 21:00
Sat and Sun: 08:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 21:00
Meal times      
Breakfast 07:30 - 09:00 07:30 - 09:00 07:30 - 09:00
Dinner 18:00 - 19:30 18:30 - 19:30 18:30 - 19:30

How to find us

By train:

By postal bus from Chur to the bus stop "Valbella Dorf" in about 30 minutes and then a 20-minute walk to the youth hostel. Junction "Valschameala, Sartons" at the local entrance.

By car:

The youth hostel has a limited number of chargeable car parking spaces, for which advance reservation is recommended.

Barrier-free journey:

From Chur Railway Station take the Postauto to the bus stop "Valbella Dorf". Not all Postautos offer wheelchair access, further information is available under the number +41 58 386 31 66.

From the bus stop "Valbella Dorf" around 1.3km uphill (30 minutes by foot). Tractor for the wheelchair is recommended, as the route to the Youth Hostel is very steep.

The youth hostel has a chargeable, wheelchair-accessible car parking space, for which advance reservation is essential. Distance: approx. 30m from the main entrance. We will be pleased to make the disabled car parking space available free of charge for holders of an official blue disabled person’s parking permit.

Room categories

  • Number of beds
  • Single room
  • Double rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Shared rooms
  • Barrier-free rooms

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Prices (in CHF) and availability

  • Breakfast buffet incl.
    Lunch on request 12.00 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 3.30 (May – Nov) / CHF 2.– (Dec – Apr) per person/night, including VAT.
    • 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.–)
    • 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
  • Details and prices

    Exclusive rental for birthdays and weddings starting from 100 people on request.

    The youth hostel team will be pleased to help you arrange your individual seminar offer. Please send your request to valbella@youthhostel.ch

  • Room Barrier-free beds per room
    2 double rooms with shower/WC barrier-free 2 beds

    All of the public rooms in the Youth Hostel, with the exception of the seminar room (3 steps), can be reached with ease by wheelchair. While the exit to the sun terrace has a high sill (14 cm), this can be reached barrier-free by wheelchairs via the main entrance.

    The Youth Hostel has a wheelchair-compliant elevator which links the various storeys.

    • The width of the corridor in front of the elevator is 200 cm
    • The width of the elevator door is 89 cm
    • Elevator width: 120 cm
    • Elevator depth: 145 cm

    The room door width is 80 cm.

    Barrier-free wet cell

    A barrier-free toilet is located on the ground floor. Two double rooms feature fully barrier-free en-suite bathrooms.

    The wet cell dimensions are:

    • Width of wet cell door: 80 cm
    • WC seat height: 47 cm
    • The washbasin is wheelchair accessible: 80 cm
    • Shower seat
    • Shower handle

    Barrier-free journey

    By public transport

    From Chur Railway Station take the Postauto to the bus stop "Valbella Dorf". Not all Postautos offer wheelchair access, further information is available under the number +41 58 386 31 66. From the bus stop "Valbella Dorf" around 1.3km uphill (20 minutes by foot). Swisstrac is recommended, as the route to the Youth Hostel is steep.

    By car

    The youth hostel has a chargeable, wheelchair-accessible car parking space, for which advance reservation is essential. Distance: approx. 30m from the main entrance. We will be pleased to make the disabled car parking space available free of charge for holders of an official blue disabled person’s parking permit.

    Useful information

    Links for public transport

    Taxi

    • Taxi Chur 2000, Phone: +41 79 681 56 00
    • Taxi Rosamilia, Chur, Phone: +41 81 252 15 22
    • Taxi Pietro (only in winter), +41 76 264 34 10
    • Fortuna, +41 79 636 50 12

    Closest pharmacy

    approx. 5km

    • Pill Apotheke
      Voa Principala, 7078 Lenzerheide
      Phone: +41 81 384 12 44

    Offers

  • Alpine architecture

    Alpine architecture 1932 saw the opening of the Valbella-Lenzerheide Youth Hostel – the first purpose-built youth hostel in Switzerland. The work of Chur architect J. Keller, it featured a contemporary design. Walls faced with rough stone typified the whole simple, almost archaic construction. In fact, the hostel was built partly with volunteer labour. The result was a modern, yet specifically Alpine, architecture comparable with buildings of that period by Rudolf Gaberel and, especially, Hans Leuzinger.

    Even in those days, two windows above a corner seat in the dayroom perfectly framed the magnificent view down into the valley. In 1943, the first addition, at the front of the building, made more of this feature and opened out the view from the ground floor. In 1972, a second, much larger annex opened, adding a new set of rooms at right angles to the original building. A hipped roof combined the two parts into a compact whole.

    Old and new in one hostel

    By 2006, refurbishment was again unavoidable. The standard no longer
    met contemporary expectations of a youth hostel. After thorough examination of a range of options, the Chur-based architectural practice of Bosch & Heim came up with a surprise. Their proposal was actually to keep the dull architecture of the 1970s wing, still prefectly usable, but to demolish and replace the rest. This retained the building’s exceptionally attractive position and highlighted the best of its original qualities. The oldest parts of the building, whose simple fabric would have been incompatible with modern demands without radical alteration, were demolished. A new, longer and taller wing then rose on the same spot, recreating a tower-like aspect. This adapted the entire scale of the building to the different, perhaps less diffuse background culture of the present day. This serves to re-emphasise the hostel’s special significance as a semi-public building. Most important, the hostel has a «head» again which, like the 1932 building, looks down into the valley below.

    The success of this rebuilding lies not in juxtaposing old and new, but in merging them into a unity. The two-tone grey render seems at first at odds with this concept, apparently juxtaposing old and new on the approach side. However, the shades are very similar. Only close scrutiny reveals that the difference is not purely attributable to the changing angle of incidence of the light.

    Committed to modernity

    The entire building stands out for its economy, not only in the financial
    resources invested in it, but above all in the few, yet ingenious architectural features employed. This economy connects it with its first predecessor, whose character lives on, although none of its fabric survives and there is no explicit allusion to its formal elements. And it aligns the new building with traditional Alpine architecture, whose rationality, functionality and sensitivity to location were already admired in those early days of modern architecture. The converted and re-built facility is the first in the Swiss Youth Hostel network to be constructed in accordance with the Minergie-Eco building standard.

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