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Grindelwald Youth Hostel
Reviewed March 21, 2007

I stayed here for a week during a ski trip. My private room with en suite private shower-room had twin single beds pushed together and a pull out trundle underneath, so it could have held up to three people. I was alone so I had it all to myself, and it was better than many 1-2 star hotels I've stayed at around Europe. There were two secure (lockable) lockers in the room to hold valuables -- put 2 Francs in to use them and the money is returned each time you open the locker.

The hostel is part of the international HI/YHA network and its high standards reflected this. There's a main chalet-style building with some rooms, as well as the living rooms, some with easy chairs and others with tables, where people gather for meals. One of which has a cosy open fireplace. Everyone was very friendly and I was welcomed by other groups to join them for dinner on several evenings. The dinners (12 Swiss Francs extra per 3-course meal, which is cheaper than a hamburger in town) are traditional Swiss fare, such as fondue and traditional bakes. They're home cooked and fairly simple, but quite filling. Far nicer than living on fast food.

The second building is a newish, three story annexe close to the main building. This is where the en suite rooms are. It has a storage room for sporting equipment such as skis, boots and poles so that you don't have this gear cluttering up your bedroom.

There were no TVs in the rooms, but if you take a laptop with a TV card you should pick up 2 Swiss TV channels even without connecting to the aerial jack in the room. But who needs TV. Look out the window at the most spectacular views! I was on the ground floor but the view was stupendous. The dining rooms also had a great view.

The only slight negatives I can think of (and they're hardly worth mentioning):

(1) there is a single internet computer in the main building which is run by an outside company. I think it was 5 Swiss Francs an hour, but it was out of order for a few days while I was there and the hostel just had to wait till the operator came to fix it, and the YHA couldn't let guests use other computers to check email. It would be better if the YHA had its own public-access computer, or better still a free wireless network in the main building!

(2) it's a bit of a hike up the hill from the centre of Grindelwald -- about 15 minutes brisk walk. That said, it's only 10 mins or less to meander down the very pretty mountain path from the hostel's back door to close to the centre of town (a walk definitely worth doing!). Many expensive chalets are located nearby and at comparable distances from town in other directions, so for the price it's an excellent location. Buses run past the door every half-hour or so and are only 5 minutes down to the little 'bus station' (more like a big parking place) near the railway station in the centre of town.

When you check-in at the YHA, you'll be given a red visitor card. This entitles you to free travel on the buses and also a discount to use the sports centre next to the bus station. Ice skating is 2 Francs with this card, and swimming is (I think) 2.50 Francs. It's amazing value!

Finally, the friendliness of the staff should definitely be noted. They really went out of their way to help and to care when something went wrong (eg. if someone had a bad day skiing), to make sure people had the sorts of rooms they wanted, and to make sure everyone felt welcome. I’ve stayed at some excellent Youth Hostels in the past. This was on par with the best!

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 9, 2006

My German cousin recommended this hostel as I had never thought of going to one with my family. It was a great idea. A lot cheaper than a hotel. Very family-friendly. I would say that while we were there (for 5 nights in August ) only 10% of people staying at the hostel were young, single backpackers. All the rest were families, mainly from German-speaking Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan. Lots of kids! There are pigs to go visit (they eat the hostel's table scraps), a playground with a super long slide, a play room, 2 ping-pong tables (indoor and outdoor), a reading room with lots of board games too. The place is welcoming, the staff friendly and the food cheap! We ate all our breakfasts there (included in your room rate, along with bedding and sheets), and booked all our dinners too (CHF13,50 pp extra) every morning when they post the menu. You can't even get a main course for that price in a restaurant in town! The food is home-made, served family style. It is filling and ok (not gourmet.) The water is bottled at the spring on the property, and is included (carbonated or not) . All other drinks are extra (or you can bring your own). Breakfast is good, with a choice of yogurts, cereals, fresh rye bread, jams, cold cuts, cheese, milk, coffee, tea, juice, and homemade creamcheese made with Grindelwald milk.
There are 2 buildings: the main chalet, where you take your meals has several family and dorm rooms. The advantage there is that they have balconies with a view. We stayed in the modern building next door, which was super clean and new. Our family room (2 bunk beds, plus an additional trundel bed if needed), was spacious, with 4 large closets for storage, and a sink. The beds were comfy and we slept super well there every night. It was very quiet. Soundproofing between rooms must be good. And there is no traffic on the road at night. Plus all the rooms face the view, and the bathrooms face the road. We were worried that we might not like to share toilets and showers, but truth be told, we never met anyone else when we went there, accross the hall. SO it felt like they were our own, private, very clean facilities! (Yet the hostel was fully booked. )
Our problem was that it rained for the 6 days we were there. Not the hostel's fault, of course! We hadn't thought of that before coming, since our previous visit to Grindelwald was sunny and warm. There was not much to do... There is a wonderful indoor pool in town (cheap too!) with a water slide, so that took care of one morning. Then there is also a movie theater with movies either in English subtitled in German or in German subtitled in English/French. Otherwise, we shopped in Interlaken, bought raincoats and umbrellas, and played lots of ping-pong and board games. The view from our room was just clouds. But we could imagine what it mut be like in sunny weather!
I would definitely recommend this place to families who want a quiet, relaxing inn and who are on a budget. It is quite a difficult hike up from town, if you are on foot. I wouldn't bring my mom or a child in a stroller there...

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2006

I went to Switzerland for the second time ( on 28June 2006-10 July 2006), a region called the "Bernese Oberland". I stayed with my husband and young brother in a Youth Hostel, as it is a very expensive country. I have stayed at this hostel before. The staff are very friendly and considerate and try their best to be of assisstance.
It caters for all ages and is not too big. The average price is about 28CHF a night and that includes breakfast. You have the option to order supper at 13.50CHF (about £6) and that includes a starter, main course and a dessert. The food is simple fare cooked by local people who run the hostel. It is very good and alot cheaper than the eating else where.
We struggled with the poriton sizes as it was very large and heavy - most restaurants seem to serve large portions.

We had a family room, so you do not have to share if you do not want to. It was very clean and comfortable. The view from this Hostel/Chalet is spectacular, it overlooks the Eiger and Jungfray is just nearby. This town is also very small. Alot of cows about and goats - all with bells - chocolate box houses - evreything you would expect Switzerland to be.

We were here for 12days and still did not find that it was enough as there was so much to do and see.

At the station in Grinelwald you can purchase a Jungfrau pass, which enable you to take most cable cars and trains in the jungfrau region for a period of 6 days. If you are staying in this region for 6 days it is advisable, as the trains and cable cars are very expensive otherwise. We bought a Family pass which cost my husband and me 190CHF (approx £95) my brother of 15 got a pass for a year for the price of 20CHF - which was very good.
However if you take the train ride up to the Jungfraujoch (top of europe) then you have to pay an extra fee as it is further along and the pass does not cover it all.

We did alot of short hikes, but the altitude is very high and one does get short of breath. The most scenic (all of them are scenic...) if thought for myself was a place called First, then also the longest cable car in europe runs from Grund to Manlichen - we decided to walk back - but it took us 6 hours and we are not experienced walkers. We were ofcourse shattered the next day, but it was wonderfull. The alpine flowers growing at various altitudes were beautifull and if you love flowers this is spectacular.

Then there is the train from Grindelwad up to Kleine Scheidegg where you change trains and take the train up to Jungfraujoch, this was very beautifull but i found it very claustrophobic as the train goes straight through the mountian and when you do finaly get there the altitude is so high that people do get dizzy and struggle a bit to walk, people with breathing problems must bear this in mind. The view over the glacier is out of this world. You also have the option to snowboard, ski, there are dogsleighs, restaurants all up ther as well as an ice sculpture gallery - it is a great day out. One must however take sunscreen and glasses, we found it very warm up there despite the snow.

We also discovered the delightfull town of Wengen, which is a carfree town and it can only be reached by train, it is a beautifull village and worth walking around in.
We alslo went further down the Valley to Brienz which is by a lake, where you have an option to swim in the lake, it was very hot - so it is a great place for bathers.

There is so much to say about this area - however it is strictly for lovers of nature and walking- as you do alot of it. There is some nightlife, but nothing too major. It has a bit of every thing, anyone who has any questions can contact me. I will try my best to answer.
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8  Thank Jinxi
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Reviewed July 13, 2006

We stayed two nights at this hostel and had a very positive overall experience. The staff went out of their way to be helpful, providing maps, making suggestions on hikes to take and when, and just being very friendly in general. The breakfast was great, with good quality food and lots of variety to chose from in the buffet. They also kindly packed us lunches, which weren't quite as good as the breakfast, but okay.

The chalet is classic, with beautiful wood all throughout and most rooms have a balcony from which you can take in beautiful views over Grindelwald valley and up to the impressive Bernese Alps.

If you have a lot of luggage, the walk up to the hostel can be quite a workout; it is all uphill. There is also a bus that stops right next to the place as another option.

We were out hiking most of the time, but the hostel has a very lovely and cozy lounge including a piano on the first floor that could have been useful in the event of inclement weather.

All in all, this is really a reat place to stay. I am eager to recommend it to friends and will stay there again when I go back.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed June 24, 2006

This was the first time I have stayed at a YH in switzerland. Very very clean, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The food was good value. I could not find anything wrong with the hostel. Will return and stay again

  • Stayed: June 2006
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5  Thank marieanddon
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Reviewed December 12, 2005

Easily the best hostel I have stayed in. Rooms were spottless, food was excellent and above all the views were incredible. The garden is terraced with hammocks, table tennis and a trampoline - just inviting you to be outdoors! We found the staff very helpful and the hostel itself was charming. I will definitely stay there again.

Only downside is that its location is up a hill - bit of a treck when taking heavy stuff up. A bus service is available but it doesn't run late into the night. Its well worth it though.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Address: Geissstutzstrasse 12 | 3818 Grindelwald, Grindelwald 3818, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bernese Oberland > Jungfrau Region > Grindelwald
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Grindelwald
Price Range: $46 - $248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Grindelwald Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best of the Alps - have fun in the Grindelwald youth hostel! It is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable hostels in the Alps. The welcoming cosiness has remained, but modern bedrooms and practical facilities for groups and families have now been added. More than ever before, the youth hostel is a rendezvous for sport fans and young guests from all over the world who want to experience the impressive world of the mountains around Grindelwald. ... more   less 
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