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Swiss Youth Hostels

Schaffhauserstrasse 14
P.O. Box
8042 Zurich / Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 360 14 14 / Fax: +41 44 360 14 60

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Head office business hours:

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Directory enquiries:

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm


By public transportBy tram 11 or 14 to  Zurich, Kronenstrasse stop

By carNo car parking spaces for visitors; please use the public car parking spaces in the vicinity.

Swiss Youth Hostels

Global Youth Travel Awards 2016: Second place in the "Green Accommodation Initiative" category

On 23 September 2016, Swiss Youth Hostels won second place in the "Green Accommodation Initiative" category of the "Global Youth Travel Awards 2016". This award is made to the most environmentally friendly organisations every year. Swiss Youth Hostels impressed the jury with its comprehensive environmental management policy, putting ecology at the heart of both buildings and operations, and keeping to the highest standards throughout the value creation chain.
All youth hostels now have the EU Eco-label and the ibex fairstay label. As many as 14 of them gained the coveted top ranking of "Platinum" in the latest round of certifications. And six youth hostels also meet the Minergie standard.

Second "myclimate Award" for Swiss Youth Hostels

On 10 March 2016, the Swiss Youth Hostels Association (SYH) was presented the "myclimate Award" as a "Pioneer for integrated climate protection in the hotel industry". "In the truest sense, SYH are pioneers in this field. They demonstrate that a majority of customers are willing to take responsibility for their own actions when climate change is straightforwardly and transparent integrated into the booking process," said Kai Landwehr, Head of Marketing and press officer for myclimate during the awards ceremony.

Since 2008, SYH together with myclimate has given guests the opportunity to offset unavoidable emissions for CHF 0.50 per overnight stay in support of active climate protection projects. The offer has been keenly taken up: Since 2014, compensation has been included for 59 percent of all overnight stays. Thanks to this high level of commitment from guests and on the side of SYH, it has been possible to reduce specific CO2 emissions by 55 percent in the 52 Swiss hostels compared to 2000.

More information about myclimate

Special award from the Swiss Environmental Prize 2016

Logo Sonderpreis des Umweltpreises der Schweiz 2016

On 12 January 2016, Swiss Youth Hostels and the Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism, which is responsible for the construction and upkeep of the youth hostels in Switzerland, were honoured by the jury of the Swiss Environmental Prize with a special award in recognition of their longstanding commitment and their achievements for the benefit of both environmental and climate protection. "Swiss Youth Hostels and the Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism are pioneers in sustainable tourism, defining the future direction in the areas of energy efficiency as well as environmental and climate protection in Swiss tourism", said Daniel Zürcher, jury member and Head of the Innovation Section at the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), by way of explanation for the award.

The Swiss Environmental Prize in the categories "Innovation" and "Ecopreneur" as well as this special award are conferred by an expert jury chaired by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bunge, innovator, researcher and Professor of Environmental and Process Technology at the University of Rapperswil, on behalf of the pro Aqua – pro Vita foundation.

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The Swiss Watt d’Or energy award

On 8 January 2015, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy is presenting the Swiss Youth Hostels with the Watt d’Or for their two latest developments, the Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel and the wellnessHostel4000 in Saas-Fee, in the category "Buildings and Space". Together with the Interlaken hostel built in 2012, the Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel is the only accommodation building in Switzerland to meet the strict MINERGIE-P-ECO standard. As the first five-storey building in Switzerland to be constructed with timber, the wellnessHostel4000 sets new benchmarks in the accommodation area and also satisfies the MINERGIE-ECO standard. With the Watt d’Or, the jury chaired by State Councillor Pascale Bruderer Wyss honours exceptional achievements in the energy area every year.

“Good Buildings Award 2013"

Basel Youth HostelBasel Youth Hostel, following a conversion undertaken in 2010 in collaboration with Buchner Bründler architects, has been honoured with the “Good Buildings Award 2013” by the Cantons of Basel-City and Basel-Land. The award, which has been presented at five-year intervals since 1992, recognises innovative buildings that exhibit an exceptionally high quality, create added cultural value and have an exemplary character. The prize was presented by Cantonal Councillor Sabine Pegoraro on 11 November in the Basel-Land Museum, Liestal.

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Best Annual Report of a Swiss NPO

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its annual report rating, the University of Applied Arts and Science

Northwest Switzerland (FHNW) presented awards to the best placed companies on 8 November 2012. Swiss Youth Hostels was the only non-profit organisation (NPO) to make it into the list of the 50 best reports and therefore took first place in this category.

The “Annual Report on Sustainable Development”, the full title of the Annual Report of Swiss Youth Hostels, was rated by the team of analysts as “outstanding among Swiss NPOs” and was praised, for example, for the following aspects:

  • Very extensive and concise description of important sustainability factors
  • Very impressive integration of sustainability topics

Since 2002, the team headed by Professor Dr. Claus-Heinrich Daub has been annually rating the Annual Reports of the 250 largest Swiss companies, selected SMEs and now also NPOs. Economic, social and ecological aspects of company management are examined with special emphasis on the transparency and credibility of the reporting. The contents of the study are based on the international reporting standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Annual & Sustainability Report 2011 (PDF, 3.54 MB)

Swiss Solar Prize

The Swiss Youth Hostels association has been chosen to receive the 2011 Swiss Solar Prize on 10 October 2011 in the category A Personalities / Institutions for its comprehensive environmental management in construction and operation as well as for its pioneering role in environmentally sustainable tourism. The Swiss Solar Prize has been awarded since 1990 in different categories – for buildings, solar systems, best integrated systems, as well as personalities, municipalities, cantons, architects, engineers and companies who campaign for solar energy.

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ZKB Sustainability Award

On 17 January 2011 Zurich Cantonal Bank presented its Sustainability Award to small and medium-sized enterprises for the second time. In assessing the sustainability performance, the jury took account of economic, ecological and social aspects in equal measure. Swiss Youth Hostels are very proud to have won this prize, and view its 1st place as recognition of its long-standing work in the field of sustainability. In his congratulatory address, Urs Oberholzer, President of the ZKB Bank Council, stressed that the Youth Hostels had identified sustainability as a corporate challenge, and had decided to view this as an opportunity. Implementation over recent years has been sustained and step-by-step. CEO Fredi Gmür is delighted about the award: “The organisation has pursued this objective rigorously for over 15 years; it is anchored in the mission statement and is an integral part of our day-to-day work.”

myclimate Award

myclimate, a supplier of compensation measures, has presented an award to dedicated tourism enterprises for the second time. This year’s award-winners are Swiss Youth Hostels, Sunstar Hotels, Zurich Tourism and the travel company Kuoni. Swiss Youth Hostels won the myclimate award for the best integration solution. Since 2008 Swiss Youth Hostels has given guests the opportunity to compensate for their CO2 emissions by paying a contribution of 50 Cents per night. More than half of the guests make use of this opportunity. For example, around 3,200 tonnes of CO2 were compensated in 2009 alone.

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Award for Marketing + Architecture 2010

Scuol Youth Hostel triumphed on the occasion of the second “Award for Marketing + Architecture”. The event took place on 23 April 2010 in the presence of numerous visitors at the KKL in Lucerne. Impressively, the youth hostel won no less than 3 prizes, including the top prize, which comes with a cash award of CHF 10,000.00. The delegation was also able to take home the category prize “Hotels, Restaurants, Sport and Wellness Facilities” as well as the “Green Technology” special prize.

Fredi Gmür, CEO of Swiss Youth Hostels, says: “We view this award as support and affirmation for our focus on sophisticated and contemporary architecture. This is realised at all times within the paramount guiding principles laid down by our sustainability strategy. We shall be donating the prize money to a Swiss foundation which is building a youth hostel in Zanzibar – another project in which our team has been involved from the development stage.”

More information about the Award for Marketing and Architecture

Hans E. Moppert Prize January 2008

On 31 January, the Hans E. Moppert Prize was awarded for the sixth time. The prize is currently offered by the Hans E. Moppert Foundation for Sustainable Development. The award honours outstanding performance in the fields of ecology and sustainable development. The theme on this occasion was “Sustainability in Alpine Tourism”. Models of commercial tourism were chosen from within the region of the Alps, in which value creation has been achieved through sustainable activity and the essential characteristics of which can be transferred to similar regions. Particular value was laid upon the concepts being able to transcend the narrow corporate framework in order to have regional influence and contribute to sustainable development of the region.

Despite the large amount of entries, the Swiss Youth Hostels’ Scuol Hostel, as an example of Swiss Hostels’ sustainability strategy was ranked third and awarded the Hans E. Moppert Prize. “By raising the awareness of young people to ecological connections, the project creators are responding precisely to the explicit aims of the Hans E. Moppert Foundation”, the jury noted in its report. The Scuol Youth Hostel, opened in December 2007, is the latest example of the extensive efforts made by the Swiss Youth Hostels with respect to social, community, commercial and ecological sustainability. Of special significance in this project, was the close cooperation fostered with local business representatives, associations and the local authorities. Such projects can only be realised where they can be integrated into local structures and, in turn, be strengthened by them. Cooperation between farmers and those offering tourist services is being consistently developed by means of a joint project group. Through an active contribution to environmental protection and a sustainable relationship with nature, the Swiss Youth Hostels are promoting sensitive Alpine tourism. In the worldwide network of youth hostels, the Swiss Youth Hostels are leading the way. Such measures will influence thousands of young tourists, both from Switzerland and abroad. The youth hostel in Scuol in the Lower Engadine is in the immediate vicinity of the national park and therefore particularly appropriate to the cause.

Icomos - Historic Hotel of the Year 2008

The ceremony for the “Historic Hotel of the Year 2008” award was held in the prize-winning Hotel Schatzalp in Davos. The Zurich Youth Hostel and the Swiss Youth Hostels Association received the special 2008 award "for a thoughtful and successful conversion of a 1960s building and an outstanding business philosophy in the area of social tourism". The Zurich Youth Hostel was built between 1962 and 1965. An old school building had been available to the Youth Hostels Association as a hostel since as long ago as 1936. The renowned architect Ernst Gisel created a building in which the various functions (dining, day rooms, sleeping) were clearly allocated to individual building blocks. During the comprehensive renovation in 2003/04, it was possible to retain the atmosphere and original form. Since 1998, the youth hostel has been listed among the buildings worthy of protection in the city of Zurich.

Swiss MILESTONE 2007 Tourism Prize

On the 13th of November, Fredi Gmür und René Dobler were awarded the Swiss MILESTONE 2007 Tourism Prize in Bern. Since the year 2000, the prize has been awarded by the Swiss Tourism Federation (STV), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the “htr hotel revue”. The “MILESTONE” is the most important award in the industry and acknowledges outstanding performance and projects in Swiss tourism. The Swiss Youth Hostels and the Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism applied for the award on the basis of a joint “sustainability strategy” for Swiss youth hostels. The jury was won over by the model of sustainability adopted and the strategy followed since the 90s. The many years of effort focused on ecological and sustainable operational management have grown into a comprehensive strategy encompassing all areas of the enterprise – something exceptional and new in the sector.

The prize has persuaded the Swiss Youth Hostels to reach out to the public at large on the theme of sustainability. The Swiss Youth Hostels are especially proud to have been awarded the accolade one year prior to the introduction of the new Milestone Special Prize for Sustainability.