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Exploring Switzerland’s Splendour With Hostelling International

Welcome to Switzerland, the land of stunning landscapes, charming cities, and unparalleled hospitality. The first thing to greet you will be the crisp Alpine air and the promise of adventure. From Zurich to Lausanne, let us take you on an unforgettable journey exploring Switzerland, where you will make great memories and meet some wonderful people! Obviously the more time you can spend in each place, the better, but this route could also be done in a week. Let’s go!

Zurich – Embracing The Heart Of Switzerland

Zurich is renowned for its vibrant culture, historical sites, and picturesque Old Town. Stroll along the Limmat River or explore the bustling Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world’s most exclusive shopping streets. Treat yourself to some traditional Swiss Fondue or Raclette at a local restaurant and then unwind at the Zurich Youth Hostel in complete comfort! If you have extra time to explore on a travel day, Bounce can give you the freedom to go hands-free, with secure luggage storage in loads of convenient locations. *Bonus tip* HI members get a 15% discount! 

Interlaken – Thrills In The Swiss Alps

Venture to Interlaken, a charming town situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Relish in the stunning scenery and outdoor adventure opportunities. From skiing to hiking or even a trip to the highest railway station in Europe!  Stay at Interlaken Youth Hostel and explore the town’s bustling streets, lined with shops, cafes, and outdoor gear stores.

Geneva – Where Culture Meets Nature

Switzerland’s cosmopolitan second-largest city is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. Offering a fascinating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty it’s a great addition to your trip. A must see is the iconic Jet d’Eau, followed by a trek through the charming Old Town, with its narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and wonderful lively cafes. Montreaux Youth Hostel is definitely the place to stay during this visit! And if you’re looking for an easy way to get to and from Geneva, Busbud have got you covered. Don’t forget that HI members get 10% discount on tickets.

Lucerne – A Fairytale Escape

Nestled amid the breathtaking Swiss Alps, Lucerne is known for its medieval architecture. Explore the iconic Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), Water Tower and admire the colourful frescoes and historic buildings. Embark on a leisurely boat cruise on Lake Lucerne or even a cable car or cogwheel train trip to the summit of Mount Pilatus or Mount Rigi for panoramic views of the Swiss Alps! Lucerne Youth Hostel will help you discover this gateway to Central Switzerland!

Zermatt – Marvelling At The  Matterhorn

This charming car-free village sits at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn mountain. Zermatt is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding and excellent hiking and mountain biking opportunities too! Surrounded by traditional wooden chalets and stunning Alpine scenery is the Zermatt Youth Hostel, a great base with a cosy atmosphere and the warm hospitality of your fellow travellers.

Lausanne –   A Journey Though Time

Lausanne is a vibrant city located on the northern shore of Lake Geneva, known for its picturesque vineyards, lively cultural scene, and rich history. Explore the steep medieval streets and historic landmarks, including the majestic Lausanne Cathedral and the picturesque Ouchy waterfront. Take a stroll along the scenic promenade of Lake Geneva, soaking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps and the shimmering waters of the lake. Visit the Olympic Museum, which celebrates the history and spirit of the Olympic Games before checking in to your Swiss Youth Hostel.


As our unforgettable journey comes to an end, we bid farewell to Switzerland, cherishing the memories of our seven-day adventure with Hostelling International and Swiss Youth Hostels. From the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps to the charming streets of Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland has captured our hearts and left us yearning for more. Until next time, auf Wiedersehen, Switzerland! 


Don’t forget to join the HI family if you haven’t yet done so. You’ll get loads of perks including exclusive member rates or discounts on accommodation in all HI hostels, and great discounts on travel services, activities, entertainment and more – at home and abroad! Joining Hostelling International is also a great way to travel sustainably and support a global not-for-profit charity with a long standing social and environmental purpose. What are you waiting for? Join the HI family today!


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