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.
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. 80m, Nearest tram stop: "Morgental", approx. 500m
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
Prices & availability
Breakfast buffet incl. Lunch on request 20.00 CHF Dinner 20.00 CHF Dinner for children aged 2–5 years 8.50 CHF Dinner for children aged 6–12 years 14.00 CHF Packed lunch on request 12.00 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
Seminars & events
Details and prices
Thanks to its modern infrastructure and full range of technical equipment, Zurich Youth Hostel is an ideal setting for seminars, conferences, meetings and other events. We will be pleased to offer you our many years of experience in organising and staging events so that your stay with us is also a guaranteed success. Benefit from our varied and reasonably priced offer, and enjoy a pleasant break from everyday life.
We look forward to helping you with your event.
Zurich Youth Hostel
Both seminar participants and travellers from all corners of the world meet in the highly modern and comfortable Youth Hostel– in the bar, in the lounge or over a meal. The seminar rooms are arranged in such a way that they provide a perfect setting for events – quietly situated with first-class equipment. The Youth Hostel naturally not only serves up tasty food, you can enjoy a good night’s sleep here: pleasant, newly renovated rooms containing between 2 and 4 beds are available. The inner courtyard is a small oasis of calm where you can spend some time. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the shores of Lake Zurich and the green uninhabited part of the city towards Uetliberg.
In the Youth Hostel you can also make use of the following facilities: restaurant, bar, Internet corner, 24-hour service, kiosk selling souvenirs, bike box, pool table, table football, various game machines, TV corner, automatic washing machine and tumble drier.
You have the choice of single rooms, double rooms or 4-bed rooms, all with WC and shower. There are also 4- and 6-bed rooms as a cheaper variant with a washbasin in the room and a shower and WC on the same floor. The Youth Hostel contains a total of 290 beds.
Our seminar rooms – your possibilities
Our rooms can be equipped for (almost) every requirement, i.e. from a dozen to 200 persons. We will arrange the infrastructure and the seating entirely according to your wishes. We will provide you with additional technical equipment at inexpensive terms and conditions.
Room 1 (200 m2)
- conference/theatre: max. 200 persons
- seminar: max. 60 persons
- U-shaped: max 60 persons
- banquet: max. 88 persons
- reception/cocktail: max. 400 persons
Foyer (80 m2)
- reception/ cocktail: max. 50 persons
Seminar room 2 (35 m2)
- seminar: max. 20 persons
Seminar room 3 (80 m2) / Seminar room 4 (70 m2)
- conference/ theatre: max. 49 persons
- seminar: max. 30 persons
- U-shaped: max. 24 persons
Our seminar packages will give you a quick guide to the cost of your planned seminar:
- up to 8 persons: CHF 70.- per person
- up to 30 persons: CHF 65.- per person
- up to 100 persons: CHF 55.- per person
- up to 200 persons: CHF 50.- per person
The seminar packages include:
- Rental: room rental including seating
- Technical aids: WiFi, video projector, screen, microphone, sound system
- Refreshments: morning and afternoon coffee breaks with coffee/tea, orange juice, croissants/pastries, fruit
- 4-course lunch with salad, soup, main course, dessert & 0.5 l bottle of soft drink in the self-service restaurant
- 0.5 l bottles of mineral water in the conference room
Upgrade: plus evening meal with salad, soup, main course, dessert & 0.5 l bottle of soft drink in the self-service restaurant for CHF 20.- per person.
Room hire charges
Room / Period Room hire charges if 8 pers. Room hire charges if 16 pers. Room hire charges if max. number of persons Seminar room 2, entire day CHF 125.- CHF 205.- CHF 250.- Seminar room 2, 1 block period CHF 83.- CHF 120.- CHF 165.- Seminar room 3+4, entire day CHF 195.- CHF 260.- CHF 390.- Seminar room 3+4, 1 block period CHF 130.- CHF 215.- CHF 260.- R 1, entire day CHF 500.- CHF 750.- CHF 1000.- R 1, 1 block period Not bookable Not bookable from 5 pm on request
Possible block periods: 8 - 12 am / 1 - 5 pm / 6 - 11 pm
If the duration of a seminar exceeds a block period, a full day will be charged!
- Coffee / and croissant: 3.- / 4.50
- Mineral water (0.5-litre bottles) in the seminar room: 3.50
- Coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, croissants or pastries and fruit: 7.50
- Light 3-course lunch including ½ l soft drink (excluding coffee), vegetarian option on request: 20.-
- Aperitifs / standing lunches / banquet – we will be pleased to advise you: on request
Technical equipment (CHF/day)
- 1 flipchart & 1 pin wall: included in room hire charge
- LCD beamer (incl. screen): 80.-
- TV/video recorder (VHS, DVD): 40.-
- Overhead projector (incl. screen): 20.-
- Wireless microphone: 50.-
- PA system: 20.-
- Music system (radio, CD, cassettes): 30.-
- Internet access in the room: free WiFi
- Moderator’s case: on request
- Other items of technical equipment: on request
Services (unit price in CHF)
- Writing pad with pencil: 2.-
- Slide copies: 1.-
- Copies: 0.30
- Fax: 4.- / incl. 5 pages
- every other fax page: 1.-
- ZVV public transport tickets (24 hours/Zone 110): 8.60
- Decoration of the room (flat-rate charge for work): 100.- & materials 1:1 charge against receipt
Guided city tours, a visit to Zurich Zoo, boat trips on Lake Zurich, shopping, culture and much more besides.
You can find more information at www.zuerich.com
Have you any other needs or special wishes? The youth hostel team will be pleased to help you arrange your individual seminar programme. Please send your enquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (no wheelchair access!)
- 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”.