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Richterswil Youth Hostel

Horn Hornstrasse 5, Zürich, 8805, Switzerland

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Overall Rating 96%

From 9 Reviews

Hostel rating (9)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 97%
Location 98%
Security 95%
Service 95%
Comfort 92%
Green rating 95%

The hostel Richterswil is located in a small town on Lake Zurich, yet close to the city of Zurich.

  • Dorm
    From €33.45
  • Private
    From €58.32
10 or more people?

Zürich Hostel

Hostel Zürich

Welcome to our hostel

There are perhaps only a few people in the whole world who have heard of Richterswil. But anyone discovering the little town on Lake Zurich will doubtless have fond memories of their stay in the youth hostel. The recently converted building is situated right on the lake, in a beautiful and extensive park. This former silk factory is a perfect place for sports holidays, conferences and events of all kinds. What's more, the S-Bahn link to Richterswil is ideal for people who want to get to know Zurich but would rather live in the country than the busy city.

Regardless of whether you want to stay just one night or several days, you will find a little holiday paradise at the Horn. Water babies can go swimming, rowing, windsurfing and diving virtually outside the door. Bon viveurs can take a cruise on the boats of Lake Zurich. Lovers of art and culture will make their way to Einsiedeln, an important place of pilgrimage with an impressive Benedictine monastery. Globetrotters will value its proximity to the lively metropolis of Zurich, and yet enjoy the opportunity to relax after an exhausting day in the city.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 17:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 22:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 16 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 6 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 2 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of CHF 6 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • TV room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Terrace / patio


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Vending machine
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - At a cost
  • Car parking nearby - At or next to the hostel
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Sports Equipment Storage
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 27/02/2016 to 28/11/2016
Open from 25/02/2017 to 26/11/2017

From 07:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +41 44 786 21 88

Fax. +41 44 786 21 93

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Zürichsee (At or next to the hostel)
  • Insel Schönenwirt ()
  • Museum Alte Sagi ()

See the full list of attractions



Perfectly situated by good transport links to the city.Sits right by the beautiful Lake Zurich, a few meters from the door, snow capped mountains in the distance. Spotlessly clean, warm and family friendly. A hearty breakfast sets you up for the day and substantial, home cooked, tasty evening meals can be ordered 24 hours in advance; I would have liked to have seen information / photos displayed about the hostel's past; it was previously an old silk mill. A great place to stay. Thank you!


Avatar for Sue


Sat 02 Apr 2016

Muy buena atención de todo el personal en ambiente cordial. Conexión wifi excelente. Un lugar tranquilo y con hermoso paisaje. Accesibiludad al transporte. Con acceso a personas discapacitadas


Avatar for Nair


Mon 21 Mar 2016

A wonderful place to live at. The lady at reception namely Presticha ( I m sorry if spelled incorrectly) was really courteous, polite and has a infectious smile. A memorable stay. Would love to come again.


Avatar for HIMANSHU


Thu 03 Dec 2015

The staff was very nice and the rooms and shower were large and comfortable. Its only 5 mins from the train station. Note - if you arrive after 10pm, there is no where to get food.


Avatar for Beth


Sun 01 Nov 2015

I enjoyed my stay at Richterswil Youth Hostel. The location was beautiful and serene. Keep it up. Regards...


Avatar for Sagayaraj


Tue 20 Oct 2015


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • City Centre (Less than 500m)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Distance to Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500 m)
  • Water park (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

From Zurich airport take the S-Bahn No. 2 in 50 minutes Richterswil (direct train).
Alternate Transport
From the motorway exit Richterswil the village. Turn left at lakeside road and head to the sign "Horn" / Hostel. The hostel has a limited number of chargeable parking.
From Zurich take the S-Bahn No. 2 or 8 to Richterswil (every 30 minutes). Along from the station / ship station Richterswil by sea in three minutes walk to the hostel.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Walking / Hiking

Sustainability initiatives


  • Public transportation is promoted


  • Double-glazed windows
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Energy saving lights


  • Working with local community


  • Recycling areas
  • Local and seasonal food


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in taps

Sustainability labels

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