The Villa - COVID info

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COVID CERTIFICATE is obligatory

These are the current rules at Backpackers Villa: a valid (machine readable) Covid certificate is obligatory.
All guests over 16 years of age must present their Covid certificate (issued by Switzerland, EU or UK) according to the 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered or tested) and a valid ID at check-in.
If you have a certificate from outside Europe, you can have it converted to a Swiss certificate here: Covid Certificate application (costs: CHF 30.-). This certificate is also valid in the EU.

Mandatory masks
At Backpackers Villa, masks are compulsory in all public areas and at the breakfast buffet. The mask may only be removed when eating at the table and in the room.

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Entry from abroad

For entry into Switzerland, an entry form must be completed if you arrive by plane or bus: https://swissplf.admin.ch (Address of stay in Switzerland: Alpenstr. 16, 3800 Interlaken; Location/Hotel: Backpackers Villa)

If you are neither vaccinated or recovered you have to take a covid test before entering Switzerland.
If you need a test during your stay or to travel, there are various test options in Interlaken: Pharmacy Portmann in the town centre (walk in), Pharmacy Weissenau at the hospital (pre-booked).


Please note that all information is subject to change. Please check: Official information regarding «Entering Switzerland»

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CLEAN & SAFE!

It is close to our hearts to provide a healthy and safe environment for you, our staff and everyone involved.

We keep distance and work with a plexi separation at reception to safeguard against Covid19.
Contactless payment is possible and preferred.

Surfaces and common contact points are regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Ventilation is ensured even with closed windows due to our automated airing system that brings in a continuous flow of fresh air.
Tables are placed with generous distance.
Washing basins and points for desinfection are available in all common areas.
Our staff is carefully trained to fulfill their roles in coherence with the obligations of the federal office of public health.
Here we publish the current protection concept of hotelleriesuisse that we follow. (in German)

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Welcome!

It's great to see you here and we would love to meet you in person when you come and stay with us.
We are looking forward to welcoming you as our guest.

We are more than happy to give you ideas of what to do and where to go. Just come and see us at reception. We are here for you!
See you soon!

We have received the Hoscar for best hostel in Switzerland many times over the years. Thanks to all of our guests that have given ratings and feedback. It 's a great honour and at the same time a big responsibility to receive such an award.
We will do our best to give you a reason to talk about your good experience in Interlaken.

Webcam - South view

What's the weather really like in Interlaken at the moment?

View towards the south and Jungfrau mountain:


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Timeslide 24 hours / 30 days

Webcam - North

This is facing towards Niesen & Niederhorn

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Timeslide 24 hours / 30 days

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The Team

Great to see you!
We are your team at reception and look forward to meeting you.

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We prepare breakfast and your rooms.

Also, we ensure that everything works as it should.
Looking forward to saying hello whilst working away in the rooms, kitchens and hallways.

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Jobs

Thanks for your interest in being part of our team. It is crucial to speak German very well to be able to work here.
For reception it is fundamental to be fluent in German and speak and write as if it's your mother tongue. That's why we will continue in German:
Vielen Dank für das Interesse, in der Backpackers Villa mitzuarbeiten. 

Wir suchen per 01. April 2022 (oder nach Vereinbarung)

Direktionsassistenz mit Co-Leitung Réception

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100% climate neutral = our environmental responsibility

In 2011 Backpackers Villa was the first hostel in Switzerland to be certified 100% carbon neutral. We strive to reduce our C02 emissions to zero, and what we can’t avoid, we offset through myclimate.org. See current certification below.

"Do the best and offset the rest"
Climate protection is vital for ourselves and the generations to come. Myclimate carbon offset projects such as mobisol are helping to reduce our global CO2 footprint worldwide.Through myclimate we have supported several projects such as:
A boy studying at night with light by mobisol (one of many projects by myclimate.org).
solar energy for education and jobs Here is a short video about it.

solar cooking stoves for Madagascar

During 2018 we celebrated 20 years Backpckers Villa and supported 12 different projects worldwide, sharing and giving back what we have earned thanks to you, our guests, who made it possible!

Also our partners do great things to support the community: Our laundry partner (Wäscheperle, Interlaken) was awarded "the social star" of Thun town due to its continued employment of people with impairments. Congratulations! It's great to work with such great partners that do good in the community.

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Environmental consciousness - we all have our part to play

We have installed an automatic ventilation system not only in the modern building, but also in the traditional chalet building, which allows for better air in the rooms and reduction of energy use.
In addition, we installed a clever heat recovery system in the showers which through heat absorption allows the pre-heating of the fresh cold water with the heat of the used water to further decrease our environmental impact. joulia.com
Since 2009 we have been using solar panels to help heat our water. In October 2017 we added photovoltaic panels and can now produce part of our electricity ourselves as well.

This is how we put into practice whatwas outlined in our business vision in 1997: "Through our ecological practices in our daily lives we are committed to preserving creation while keeping people as the main focus. "

Check out what our photovoltaic panels produce every day

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Awards:

Thanks to all of you who took the time to give us a rating or review on any platform!

Certificate of Excellence by tripadvisor: August 2018

HOSCAR: Best hostel Switzerland 2020 and during many years before (award given by Hostelworld based on guest ratings only - largest booking site for hostel beds)

Ranked among the top 10 hostels worldwide 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

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Check out our videos:

Backpackers Villa 2019

What to expect and look forward to.

Plus some great winter impressions by Alpine pearls:
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Alpine pearls brings together tourism destinations that put a particular focus on sustainability.

Backpackers Villa 2011

Want to know something about our history and background (in German):
anniversary magazine: 20 Jahre Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof