Come to Balmers and stay in the oldest private hostel in Switzerland! Our hostel is located in three traditional Swiss wooden chalets that surround a courtyard, terras and garden. The look and feel of our accommodations can best be described as playful, comfy and unique. We cater to active travelers that come to Interlaken to explore the Alps. After a day in the mountains, come home to our hostel where you can clean the equipment and store it away safely. In the guest kitchen, you’ll find all the amenities needed to cook yourself a nutritious meal. No need to plan your meals ahead, as the supermarket is just 2min walk away and open 365days a year. After food, it's time to relax! Treat your sore muscles in our outside jacuzzi that's free for guests to use. You can stream your favorite movie in our cozy TV room or get comfortable in front of the fireplace. Other popular spots in the hostel are the music room, equipped with two pianos and a guitar, and the hammock/meditation/yoga room. Known as the adventure capital of Europe, Interlaken is the perfect destination for enthusiasts of the outdoors. Prepare to be awed when you start to explore the stunning Swiss Alps that rise up behind Interlaken. Mönch, Eiger, and Jungfrau are among the most well-known peaks in the area, all summits around 13123 ft. Surrounding these peaks lies a rugged landscape with alpine tundra, glaciers, canyons, forest, waterfalls and glacial lakes. Our reception staff know all the great hikes, bike trails and sightseeing spots in the region. Talk to them if you want help with planning next day’s adventure or if you want more info on the activities such as paragliding, skydiving, rafting and canyoning.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.8 for a two-person trip.

Balmers Hostel has been welcoming guests since Dec 27, 2010

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.9)


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Room Type
1 full bed
2 twin beds
4 twin beds
6 bunk beds
8 bunk beds
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Travel Sustainable Level 1
This property is taking steps towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


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  • Ryan
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Everything about this property is wonderful! The staff were friendly and helpful. All rooms, shared bathrooms, and communal areas were cleaned regularly. We felt safe, comfortable, and welcomed during our entire stay. This is a great place to meet...
  • Mama
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Fantastic facility for a hostel. Location fab for the area
  • Q
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Balmers is the perfect place to meet other young travelers. It has cultivated a very social and outgoing atmosphere. This made it much more comfortable to meet new people.
  • -
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The hostel is full of hostel vibe. Full of facilities with supportive staffs. Many common area for different lifestyle. Located between two main train station makes it easy for any day trip.
  • Gerardo
    They have space to leave you bags in case front desk is close.
  • Kyle
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The kitchen was amazing. Lots of room for everyone to cook at the same time. And you will. Eating out in this! Bring a credit card and expect a mediocre meal for the inflated price. Luckily there's a nice grocery store 2 blocks down....
  • Emma
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Lots of common areas and ways for you to meet other travelers
  • Ayman
    the vibes in the place is awesome, the decoration everything was just awesome
  • Amber
    I'm not a extravert person but it was still easy to meet new people because everyone was so nice. Great atmosphere. Lot of young people. Would definetly come back
  • Hare
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Came here because my mother stayed at Balmers 30 years ago. She always talked about how amazing her stay there was and I was happy to say I had the same experience. Just wonderful. Would love to come again.

Property questions and answers
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  • Is there a kitchen we can use or at least a tea pod? If we rent a hammock

    Yes, we have a well-equipped kitchen with an oven, stove, microwave, and water cooker. There are also plates, pots and cutlery that you can use free of charge
    Answered on 7 July 2021
  • we arrive at 11 pm to 12's possible?

    Hi there! Yes, no problem. In case you arrive late, we will leave your key on the reception desk. Best regards, Richard, Balmers Hostel
    Answered on 24 July 2021
  • Hello, just wondering if you have the option for an all girls bedroom?

    Hi there, Yes, we do! We have 6-bed and 8-bed female dorms.
    Answered on 18 March 2020
  • i drive there where i can parking

    There is a public parking close by which is free over night. And we have a private parking possibility about 800 meters walk away which would be free.
    Answered on 17 December 2022
  • What is the closest train near hostel?

    Both East and West train station are approximately a 15 minute walk away. There are bus connections from either of them as well. West: the 105 line..
    Answered on 3 November 2022
  • Hi, What are the check in/out times? Is there somewhere luggage can be left on the last day? Thanks Sam

    Our reception is open for check-in from 4pm onward. Check out time is before 10 am. You're welcome to drop off your luggage before check in time and..
    Answered on 12 September 2022
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Amenities of Balmers Hostel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.4

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Linens
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Ski pass vendor
  • Ski storage
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
  • Live music/Performance
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Evening entertainment
  • Nightclub/DJ
  • Hiking
  • Darts
  • Game room
  • Skiing
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Public transit tickets
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Lockers
  • ATM on site
  • Baggage storage
    Additional charge
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key card access
  • Safe
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet basket
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

House rules

Balmers Hostel takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


From 1:00 AM to 10:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Free! Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.


When booking more than 3 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Maestro Mastercard Visa Diners Club American Express Cash Balmers Hostel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please note that guests under 18 years old can't be accommodated in a dormitory.

Please note that there are no elevators in the property.

Please note that dogs cannot be accommodated in the dormitory rooms.

Please note that the free parking is located 2,650 feet from the property. The property offers a free bus pass. There is a paid public parking at 200 feet from the hostel.

Please note that when booking 3 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Bar is closed from Wed, Mar 17, 2021 until Fri, Apr 30, 2021

FAQs about Balmers Hostel

  • The prices at Balmers Hostel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Balmers Hostel is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Yes, there's a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Balmers Hostel on this page.

  • Balmers Hostel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
    • Game room
    • Darts
    • Evening entertainment
    • Bike tours
    • Nightclub/DJ
    • Live music/Performance
    • Live sports events (broadcast)
    • Walking tours
    • Tour or class about local culture

  • Balmers Hostel is 2,150 feet from the center of Interlaken. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.