Balmer’s Hostel

Interlaken hostel

Balmer’s Hostel

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Welcome to Balmer’s Hostel, the 4 season hostel in Interlaken, Switzerland. As the first and oldest private hostel in Switzerland, situated in Interlaken, right in the middle of the Swiss Alps, we have been providing clean, comfortable, good value accommodation in Interlaken for over 60 years. We are open 365 days a year.

Arrive anytime to Interlaken and be welcomed day or night at Balmer’s Hostel. Come in summer and enjoy our outdoor Biergarten and Grill not to mention paragliding, skydiving and much more. Come in winter to enjoy the log fire and cosy atmosphere after a day on the Swiss Slopes!

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Balmer's Interlaken Hostel is situated right in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Balmer's prides itself in being a leader in the hostel industry in Switzerland; in fact it is the oldest Hostel in Switzerland and one of the very first in Europe. With more than 60 years of experience in the Interlaken hostel industry we do the best we can to offer the Backpacker all the comforts they need, at cheap, affordable prices. The warm, cozy, fun environment with our friendly service is our trademark in the industry.

Staying with us in summer - we give you the opportunity to try Canyoning, Rafting, Sky-diving, Ice Climbing, Paragliding and more.... Entertain yourself on the many hiking trails just minutes from the hostel, or rent a bike and explore further. Book your adventures at our ticket desk and get package deals and cheap rates. We can also book you on excursions all the way to the Top of Europe!

 

After a day of activities in the mountains or simply strolling around town, relax and order a cold beer in our Biergarten (in summer) and enjoy the great food from our outdoor grill. We are well known for the “best burgers in town” with a great selection of meals, salads and snacks, something for every travelers budget.

Downstairs is the famous Balmers Club, the number one hotspot in Interlaken for partying. Meet a unique mix of locals and international travelers in a friendly, fun environment. Enjoy live music, international DJ’s and Theme Parties. The Club is only open on weekends during winter months so be sure to come over a weekend!

Staying with us in winter - we can take you Night Sledding, Snow Shoeing, tell you where the best snow is for Skiing and Snowboarding, or simply point you to the chocolate shop and enjoy a chocolate making course. Free walking tours leave from the hostel daily.Let us entertain you in one of the top ten rated hostels in the world for fun.

 

The hostel has three buildings, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, each room is unique with a touch of traditional Swiss character. We provide dormitories, private rooms and apartments. For those seeking longer term stays; with families; or simply the quieter side of hostelling we recommend Balmer’s Guest House apartments. Facilities include semi-ensuite bathroom, kitchen and cable TV.

Balmer’s Tent Village is a comfortable place to sleep in a rural setting, and only 800m from the main hostel. Waking up in the tents you can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains in the Jungfrau region. If you are looking for something a little cheaper but with all the comforts of the hostel try our tent village with hot showers, bedding, high ceiling tents, wooden floors, heating and electricity.We also offer a free outdoor pool, a hot tub, bubble ball games and a really chill atmosphere to hang out and enjoy a few cold beers. In the summer we have live bands and music too.

Let us help you turn your travels into an adventure you won’t forget!  Hope to see you at Balmer’s the best Interlaken hostel.

 

Hostel facilities

  • Free Breakfast, Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Free Local Bus travel
  • Bedding included
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Restaurant & BBQ Grill in summer
  • Biergarten in summer
  • Free Hot tub
  • Laundry facilities
  • Guest Kitchen
  • Games room
  • Bike Rentals
  • Internet terminals
  • Laundry
  • Guest Kitchen
  • Parking
  • Souvenir shop- 10% discount for guests and free engraving
  • Bar and Disco
  • Games Room
  • English Movies
  • Hammock Relaxation Room
  • 24hr Reception
  • Private key card access to dorm rooms
  • Information & Activities Desk
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Useful information

City: Interlaken
Country: Switzerland
Address: Hauptstrasse 23, 3800 Matten, Interlaken, Switzerland
Phone 1: +41 (0)33 822 1961

How to arrive

From the East (Ost) Station

With your back to the station, walk away from the station, with the COOP Center (on the left). Go through three intersections, until you get to a small COOP center. Take a right onto Metzgerstrasse. At the next corner go right onto Hauptstrasse. We are on the right hand side.

From the West Station

Walk left out of the station, down the main street. After McDonalds turn right. From there follow the blue road signs to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Both stations are a 12-15min walk away.

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80% 01 December 2014
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What a beautiful place to come back to after a long day on the slopes. Just don't spend too long in the club like me!!! I missed a skiing day hahaha

100% 23 June 2014
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Cool Hostel, liked the club downstairs. Prices are good and the hostel is right in the centre of the city!

100% 16 July 2012
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The hostel was excellent, the staff is perfect, great location, great tips, awesome dorms.

100% 17 February 2012
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Staff was amazing! Loved the hostel- only downside was no place to lock luggage in the room, but it didn't seem to be a problem. Would definitely stay here again

100% 06 August 2011
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Awesome Staff!!!! Go if you want to party and have a great time!

100% 06 May 2011
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Very good Location, good facilities, clean, helpfull staff, nice rooms.

100% 12 March 2011
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Hostel was great! Staff were friendly and helpful. Place was well equiped and good fun. A good place to meet other travellers. Only thing it was mising was somewhere to put your luggage in your room. Luckily it was winter and pretty quiet, but I imagine if the room was full it would have been quite a hassel.

100% 12 December 2009
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friendly, helpful and nice staff, clean and warm hostel...it's a bit difficult to find the hostel by foot... but ppl over there are super nice and i'd got a free ride to the hostel... i love interlaken...

80% 14 November 2009
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Nice, comfortable place in a good location. Comfy beds except the flat pillows:-( Breakfast is included but very small. Good communal kitchen, daily movies.

100% 14 September 2009
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This place is awesome! It has nice rooms.. the beds are very close but you get over that! The bathrooms are small... but thats a minor issue too, as the rest of the place is awesome. The setting is great and the staff are very accommodating to say the least! The bar below the hostel is loads of fun too! I was intent on staying one night but couldn't leave as it was just so much fun! And the activities you can do are just awesome and well worth it!

60% 12 August 2009
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Balmer's was a great place to stay - great location, cool atmosphere, fairly up-to-date accommodations. Things I would change: 1. Bigger pillows on the bed 2. allow the rooms to be open between 10 and 4 - I realize you do this for the security of the guests, but there are keys on the doors and it's really annoying to wait around all day to get in your room / carrying all your shit with you that you might need that day.

100% 30 July 2009
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Excellent hostel. Lots of fun with an amazing view!

100% 29 July 2009
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this place is absolutly amazing, best hostel i have been in europe! clean and cosy! the famous Metro bar rocks! and staff are so so friendly and helpful!canyoning is the must!!! Awesome!!!

86% 24 March 2016
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63% 15 March 2016
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Positive: The location of the hostel, the facilities offered (game room, reading room, piano room, restaurant) and the triple room are good. Negative: Breakfast...

86% 17 January 2016
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Very good hostel! I just think it would be better if they had some lockers inside the rooms. Other then this, it was a very good stay.

83% 13 January 2016
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Positive: Lovely hostel with a nice atmosphere. Jacuzzi was great, met the manager and drank glüwein with him. Friendly staff. Negative: Bit noisy, but it was S...

100% 12 January 2016
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Just what we needed for a few nights in Interlaken!

100% 16 October 2015
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Love this place and love the people we met here. Only downside is the curfew due to noise laws but that's not Balmer's fault, we still managed to have a great n...

88% 06 October 2015
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Positive: Great location, especially for adventure activities. About halfway between the two train stations. Lovely common areas, and standard breakfast. Very e...

76% 26 September 2015
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Positive: Room mate. Negative: Tax paid separatly. Deposit for your key card which will limit your schedule flexibility because the reception is not always open...

92% 24 September 2015
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Negative: The room is next to the WC, smells horrible at times. Very noisy throughout the night as people going in and out the WC. The ceiling is low I knocked ...

91% 24 September 2015
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Liked: Lots of area to hang out, good game room, decent sized kitchen, lots of activities that can be booked at reception, and great wifi all over the property....

83% 20 September 2015
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Positive: Staff are nice even a cleaner very friendly. Negative: Wash room a basin at different place. A little bit inconvenience after WC.

92% 13 September 2015
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Positive: Staffs are friendly. Clean everywhere. Highly recommend!.

71% 08 September 2015
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Positive: Location and staff. Negative: There was no wardrobe in room to store luggage.

83% 06 September 2015
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Positive: Nice antique collection Homely feel. Negative: Breakfast shall be much better

71% 03 September 2015
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Positive: Given the average age of the people staying at the hostel is below 25, it was actually pretty quiet!. Negative: The room is not much larger than the s...

75% 30 August 2015
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Positive: Close to everything. You can book activities at reception. Staff were very nice and accommodating. Great place to meet people if you are a solo travel...

79% 26 August 2015
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Positive: Mooie locatie, leuke jonge staff, zeer behulpzaam. Leuk met zo'n wisselend publiek.

71% 16 August 2015
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Positive: Cheap price. Negative: Too much ppl. We took a long time to waiting for a bathroom.

82% 16 August 2015
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Liked: Homely feel Disliked: No lockers in bedrooms

83% 16 August 2015
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Positive: The hammocks in the garden!. Negative: Breakfast was only toast and oranges if you can't eat dairy!

100% 29 July 2015
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Positive: Good location. Negative: should have provided fan for the hot weather. It was 35 deg but staff said nothing they can do.

100% 27 July 2015
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This place is awesome!!! Friendly staff, cheap happy hour, free wifi, hammock room, big rooms. The staff are helpful when you ask them questions. The place is d...

67% 26 July 2015
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Positive: I like the cheerful, energetic atmosphere.

67% 13 July 2015
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Positive: The price was right. Enjoyed meeting people. A couple of good beers on tap. Negative: Depending on the location of your room, it can be loud. For exam...

63% 08 July 2015
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Positive: Edullinen majoitusvaihtoehto, isot ja monipuoliset yleiset tilat. Negative: Vanhanaikaiset kalusteet, kalliit säilytyslokerot ja kallis pesula, kysees...

100% 07 July 2015
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Positive: Everything is perfect. Negative: Zero

75% 06 July 2015
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Positive: Location, staff. Negative: That you couldnt use your in pad-locks to lock the safety deposit boxes, but had to pay.

83% 05 July 2015
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Positive: The whole settings of the hostel. Negative: Kitchen is too crowded at times

77% 04 July 2015
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You would feel like living in the campus.

100% 02 July 2015
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Liked: ambiance

71% 27 June 2015
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Positive: Wifi. I watched the latest season of my favourite show online. Negative: The breakfast was so disappointing!!! Cereal and milk? That is what I paid fo...

57% 07 June 2015
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Positive: Location is convenient if by bus. Negative: No comement

88% 06 June 2015
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Positive: Great value to money, Neat and clean, Spacey, Best restaurant at door step, Basic free breakfast, Best spring water connection, Highly recommended, Go...

79% 01 June 2015
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Positive: good location, next to train station and bus station. Negative: difficult transportation to anywhere on weekend

83% 28 May 2015
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Positive: I had travelled for 3 Days in Interlaken. I like their location and staff assistance. They have provided all facilities which was mentioned in their l...

100% 26 May 2015
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Liked: There is shared kitchen for people from different places for self help food, and entertainment is free to play and breakfast is included, staff is friend...

75% 25 May 2015
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Positive: There where more people to hang out with inlcuding locals at the bar. Also it was very nice that it was possible to check-in before 5 pm!. Negative: n...

100% 21 May 2015
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92% 11 May 2015
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Positive: Loved absolutely everything about Balmers. Wish we could have stayed longer. Negative: The girl on night shift when we were checking in was awesome!! ...

67% 03 May 2015
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75% 02 May 2015
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83% 28 April 2015
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Positive: Καθαρό και νεανικό hostel. Πολοί αμερικανοί τουρίστες. Οργάνωνε δραστηριότητες όπως skyjumbing, kayak κλπ. Negative: Λίγο μακριά απο το κέντρο του Int...

67% 26 April 2015
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Negative: We went there with friends especielly because we found it as "all inclusive" hostel (with breakfast,lunch,dinner) and we thought: woooow so cheao for ...

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