The world meets up at Zurich Youth Hostel. A versatile place with the right offer for every guest, whether backpackers, families or groups.
On the site where a school cabin served as a hostel in 1936, there now stands a spacious new-build featuring modern infrastructure, varied cuisine, a cosy bar and a 24-hour reception. Just a stone's throw from the lake shore, it's the perfect place from which to start chilled afternoons on the lake, a discovery tour of the exciting city of Zurich, or a thrilling visit to the zoo. Enjoy the hostel's quiet yet well-connected location, its sunny inner courtyard and the bright rooms, or book a seminar room for your banquet, meeting or training session. It's practical: from Wollishofen station, there is also a direct rail connection to the airport.
|Opening dates||01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019||01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020|
|Check-in||15:00 - 00:00||15:00 - 00:00|
|Check-out||06:00 - 10:00||06:00 - 10:00|
|Mon to Fri:||00:00 - 23:59||00:00 - 23:59|
|Sat and Sun:||00:00 - 23:59||00:00 - 23:59|
|Breakfast||06:00 - 09:30||06:00 - 09:30|
|Lunch||12:00 - 13:00||12:00 - 13:00|
|Dinner||18:00 - 20:00||18:00 - 20:00|
How to find us
From the Zurich main station, take tram No. 7 to the «Morgental» stop, followed by a 5-minute walk to the youth hostel. Or take suburban railway (S-Bahn) train No. 8 to the «Wollishofen» stop, followed by a 5-minute walk via Staubstrasse «over the hill» to the youth hostel (sign-posted).
Approaching from the west, south and north, take the exit «Brunau» on Zurich’s Westring, and then follow the signs; approaching from the east, take the exit Zürich-Wollishofen. The youth hostel has a limited number of chargeable car parking spaces.
Nearest railway station: Wollishofen Railway Station (no wheelchair access!), Nearest bus stop: «Jugendherberge», approx. 80 m, Nearest tram stop: «Morgental», approx. 500 m
From Zurich Main Railway Station, take the No. 7 tram in the direction of «Wollishofen» to the stop «Morgental». Some trams are low-floor trams, ZVV-Contact provides information about the current timetable: +41 848 988 988. From the stop «Morgental» continue for 500 metres along the pavement of Mutschellenstrasse.
From Zurich Main Railway Station, take the No. 13 tram in the direction of «Albisgüetli» to the stop «Waffenplatzstrasse». Once there, change to the No. 72 bus, and travel in the direction of «Morgental» as far as the bus stop «Jugendherberge». Not all buses/trams are low-floor. ZVV-Contact provides information about the current timetable: +41 848 988 988.
The youth hostel has a chargeable, wheelchair-accessible car parking space. The distance from the parking space to the main entrance is around 50m. 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.
From the airport:
From Zurich Airport, take the S-Bahn train No. 24 towards Zug and get off at Wollishofen station. The journey takes around 27 minutes. From there, follow the signs which will bring you to the youth hostel via Staubstrasse in 5 minutes.
Number of beds
Spaces for bicycles
Bed linen included
Dogs on request
At the water
Prices (in CHF) and availability
Breakfast buffet incl. Lunch on request 19.50 CHF Dinner 19.50 CHF Dinner for children aged 2–5 years 10.00 CHF Dinner for children aged 6–12 years 14.50 CHF Packed lunch on request 12.00 CHF
We accept Lunch-Checks!
Further price information
- All prices exclusive of taxes CHF 2.50 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
- Accommodation of dogs on request CHF 15. – per dog and night, without food
- Car park per night CHF 7.–
- Voluntary CO2-Compensation CHF 0.30
- Rates are subject to change
- All rates in CHF
Seminars & events
The Youth Hostel has 18 rooms that offer barrier-free access, and 54 beds which are disability-friendly. Other rooms are partially suitable, depending on requirements.
The spacious rooms of Zurich Youth Hostel provide wheelchair users with pleasant freedom of movement. Almost all rooms can be reached by wheelchair users with ease. The exception to this are the two seminar rooms located in the basement, which can be accessed only via a stairway.
Room Barrier-free beds per room 4 rooms with four beds and shower/WC (wing A) barrier-free 3 beds 5 rooms with four beds and washbasin (wing A) 3 beds 9 rooms with six beds and washbasin (wing A) 3 beds
There is no ramp. The attractive inner courtyard can be reached by crossing a low sill of 1.5-4cm.
The building has two elevators. One provides access to wing A, the other to wing B. The barrier-free rooms are located in wing A. The corridor in front of the lift in wing A is 90 cm wide and in wing B 80 cm. The lifts are 110 cm wide and 140 cm depth.
- The width of the corridor in front of the elevator in wing A is 90 cm
- The width of the corridor in front of the elevator in wing B is 80 cm
- Elevator width: 110 cm
- Elevator depth: 140 cm
The width of the doors to the rooms is 80 cm.
Barrier-free wet cell
The 4-bed rooms with shower/WC can be used as private rooms. The disabled wet cells in these rooms can also be made accessible for groups from the corridor. Early booking is urgently recommended in both cases. The stipulated 4- and 6-bed rooms with a wash basin can therefore only be used by groups in combination with the 4-bed rooms (with shower/WC). Early booking is therefore also required in this case.
Further showers/WCs are available on each storey, although these are not equipped with disability-friendly infrastructure. An additional disability-friendly toilet is located on the ground floor.
The wet cell dimensions are:
- Width of wet cell door: 80 cm
- WC seat height: 44 cm
- The washbasin is wheelchair accessible: 70 cm
- Shower seat
- Shower handle
- Nearest railway station: Wollishofen Railway Station
- Nearest bus stop: «Jugendherberge», approx. 80m
- Nearest tram stop: «Morgental», approx. 500m
- ZVV-Contact provides information about the current timetable: +41 848 988 988.
By train / by foot
Variant 1: From Zurich Main Railway Station, take the No. 7 tram in the direction of «Wollishofen» to the stop «Morgental». Some trams are low-floor trams. From the stop «Morgental» continue for 500 metres along the pavement of Mutschellenstrasse.
Variant 2: From Zurich Main Railway Station, take the No. 13 tram in the direction of «Albisgüetli» to the stop «Waffenplatzstrasse». Once there, change to the No. 72 bus, and travel in the direction of «Morgental» as far as the bus stop «Jugendherberge».
The youth hostel has a chargeable, wheelchair-accessible car parking space. The distance from the parking space to the main entrance is around 50 m. 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.
Links for public transport
- BTZ Behinderten Transporte Zürich
Phone: +41 44 444 22 11 (for same-day reservations)
Phone: +41 44 444 22 12 (for future reservations)
Albisstrasse 44, 8038 Zürich
Phone: +41 43 399 88 66
- Grüningen-Greifensee-Weg, route no. 889
- Pfäffikersee-Rundweg, route no. 890
- Knonaueramt-Weg, route no. 891
- Flughafen-Rundweg, route no. 892
- Albisgrat-Höhenweg, route no. 893
- Limmat-Uferweg, route no. 897
- Information about the VBZ City of Zurich
- Wheelchair-friendly swimming pools (in German)
- City Tours for the hard of hearing Zürich Tourismus, Phone: +41 44 215 40 51
- City Tours for the visually impaired Zürich Tourismus, Phone: +41 44 215 40 88
- Zoo Zurich
- Disabled parking in the City of Zurich
- Public toilets
- Wheelchair-compliant cinemas
- Special guided tours for the disabled
- Mobility International Switzerland (MIS): Barrier-free excursions and activities
The city youth hostel
Even at an early stage, the need to provide affordable accommodation for young people in the City of Zurich also became apparent. Up to 1936, accommodation was arranged only on a temporary basis in schools. Every now and again it was necessary to move from one school building to another, either because the school needed the space for its own use or because the hostel operation interfered with lessons.
The first hostel
It was a huge step forward when a simple school building on the Mutschellenstrasse in Wollishofen was finally made available for use as a hostel in 1936.
The growing popularity of travel and hiking since the post-war years soon meant that the initial capacity of 80 overnight guests was unable to satisfy the demand. As a result, the sole day room was fitted out with a further 40 beds. In the main season, it was simply impossible to consider bookings from schools and groups. In 1961, the number of people turned away reached a peak of more than 2,000.
The new building
In 1957, the city council took the decision to rebuild the youth hostel on the existing site and appointed Zurich architect Ernst Gisel to plan the project. In December 1962, the requested building loan of 3,850,000 Swiss Francs was approved and in 1965, almost exactly three years later, the longed-for Zurich youth hostel opened its doors.
In his project, Ernst Gisel clearly allocated the different functions to individual parts of the structure. He split them into the six-floor dormitory wing, the three-floor domestic wing and the single floor day-room wing. Hence the building presents itself with an extremely object-like, non-static volumetry. The individual parts of the structure are united to form a strong volumetric unit through the recurring theme of multiple layers of building recesses as well as the uniform language of the openings. The building is one of the most important examples of 1960s architecture (Brutalism) and has been included in the City of Zurich’s list of protected buildings since 1998.
In 1996, the City of Zurich handed over the property to its operators and made a generous sum of money available for its renovation. An expansion of the hostel was essential which, in view of the importance of the building, had to be carried out with the utmost sensitivity. After an evaluation of the various approaches, it was therefore decided in 2003 and 2004 to add a further level to the three-floor domestic wing. The ground floor was given a spacious feel by the removal of internal walls and thereby clearly allocated to general utilisation. The main entrance was relocated and now faces the nearby tram stop from where the majority of guests arrive at the youth hostel.
Although the number of beds was reduced slightly from 312 to 290, the Zurich architectural partnership Meyer, Moser, Lanz succeeded in increasing the number of 2 and 4-bed rooms significantly, better reflecting the needs of today’s customers as well as providing greater flexibility and in turn better utilisation of capacity.
In autumn 2007, the Zurich Youth Hostel had a special distinction bestowed on it by ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) in the context of “Historic Hotel of the year 2008” award “for a sensitive and successful conversion of a 1960s building”.