Balmer’s Herberge Hostel

Interlaken hostel

Balmer’s Herberge Hostel

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Welcome to Balmer’s Herberge, 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 and 24 hours a day.

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!

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 to enjoy the Swiss best. Let us entertain you in one of the top ten rated hostels in the world for fun.

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 Metro Bar, the number one hotspot in Interlaken for partying. Meet a unique mix of locals and international travelers in a friendly, fun environment. Enjoy live sports on the big screen, live music, international DJ’s and Theme Parties.

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.

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 and taxes included
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Restaurant & BBQ Grill
  • Biergarten
  • 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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90% 01 Dic 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 Jun 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 Jul 2012
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The hostel was excellent, the staff is perfect, great location, great tips, awesome dorms.

100% 17 Feb 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 Aug 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 Mar 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 Dic 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 Nov 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 Sep 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 Aug 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 Jul 2009
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Excellent hostel. Lots of fun with an amazing view!

100% 29 Jul 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!!!

60% 06 Jul 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..

80% 05 Jul 2015
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Positive:The whole settings of the hostel.
Negative:Kitchen is too crowded at times.

60% 03 Jul 2015
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The staff were great, the atmosphere and facilities were good although we would have liked fresh towels because we were on the top floor in the roof with only a...

100% 02 Jul 2015
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Liked: ambiance

60% 01 Jul 2015
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Was a nice hostel to stay at. Very lively - good accommodations. Evening entertainment if clubbing is your scene. The shower stalls were really small and collec...

80% 11 Jun 2015
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Was a pleasant stay! I can recommend it to my friends, absolutely!!

60% 09 Jun 2015
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I do not think your Deluxe Burger is worth 12CHF nor the fries worth 4.50CHF, for 16.50CHF it was not a lot of food to a hungry traveller.

80% 09 Jun 2015
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It was a beautiful hostel and centrally located. My only complaint is how loud Balmers club music is. You can't hold a conversation inside and you can even hear...

80% 08 Jun 2015
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Accused of acts we didn't do and got kicked out of the club which thinks it's actually a real club when there were at most 7 people

80% 08 Jun 2015
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Balmers was a very fun place to stay! There was always something to do and a lot of rooms to hang out in. We loved the beer garden and the game room. The show...

80% 08 Jun 2015
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The rooms were comfortable and the kitchens were okay, I wish there were lockers that you didn't have to pay to use.

40% 07 Jun 2015
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Positive:Location is convenient if by bus.
Negative:No comement.

80% 06 Jun 2015
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Felt like I was at summer camp. They even gave us free bus passes and breakfast. Everything is expensive in Switzerland but Balmers was a great value.

80% 06 Jun 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, Goo...

60% 04 Jun 2015
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Party hostel atmosphere, good if expecting a club atmosphere. Decent breakfast included and good happy hour.

80% 03 Jun 2015
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This was my second time staying at Balmers and I loved it just as much as the first time. The staff is very helpful for recommending great hikes and providing m...

60% 01 Jun 2015
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Positive:good location, next to train station and bus station.
Negative:difficult transportation to anywhere on weekend.

60% 31 May 2015
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LOVED BALMERS!! It was so fun! It was very Americanized, but I enjoyed it. I do wish there were lockers in the room so I felt more secure about leaving my stuff...

80% 30 May 2015
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I loved how much of a community it was! I met people from all over the US and Canada (Because there were no Europeans there for some reason) and it was extreme...

80% 30 May 2015
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Positive: Good location staff and room

80% 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 li...

80% 28 May 2015
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Very nice place to stay And the service was very good too.

80% 28 May 2015
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Better add notices like keep the voice down in the middle night on the wall, Sometimes people just make phone calls and others heard.

60% 27 May 2015
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I was pleased with almost everything apart from one member of staff. She overlooked to give me my free transport pass, tried to charge me a tax which the websi...

60% 26 May 2015
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The place closes down at night. The hot tub closes at 9pm and the chill-lounge with the hammocks seemed to always be locked. I usually got back to the hostel at...

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...

60% 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/a...

80% 24 May 2015
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The only thing I didn't like is the lockers..it's understandable you have to pay for them, but the fact they're so far way from the on really sucks. Other than ...

80% 24 May 2015
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The place itself was quite large, many different areas to hang out depending on what you want to do. Staff was very helpful when it came to activities in the ar...

80% 23 May 2015
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It was good but the disco is too loud at night, too much.

60% 23 May 2015
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This would be an awesome hostel to stay at with a group. There's a big club and lots going on, but as a solo traveler that can be a bit much and sometimes makes...

100% 21 May 2015
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My absolute favourite hostel that I have stayed in so far. Such a great atmosphere and it was just a really cool place to stay. Located a little out from the tr...

100% 21 May 2015
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60% 21 May 2015
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SO if a review was based on first impressions, Balmers would get a decent rating. Looked great, fairly helpful employees, and clean. However, if you're one of t...

100% 20 May 2015
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Loved it! Had a really good time. Wonderful spa!

80% 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!! ...

60% 03 May 2015
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60% 02 May 2015
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60% 02 May 2015
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I think you are paying more for the name of the hostel than you are for the quality. But either way we still had a good stay despite the bad weather!

80% 01 May 2015
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Quiet, nice and clean. Staff was super sweet :)

80% 30 Apr 2015
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Balmer's has its own heritage in Interlaken and I was happy to stay there. A little different than other hostels, cozy atmosphere in the dorms and awesome chil...

80% 28 Apr 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 Inte...

60% 26 Apr 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 t...

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