City Backpacker - Hostel Biber

Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zurich, SwitzerlandHostel

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Hidden in the very heart of Old Town Zurich, the City Backpacker Hostel Biber is a simple hostel offering 60 basic beds, a super central location and un-Zurich-like rates (some as cheap as CHF30). The accommodations here are simple, but the Biber is a solid pick for the budget traveler willing to forgo frills to be in the middle of the action.

Rooms at the City Backpacker Hostel Biber range from private singles to six-bed dorms. They are small and spare, with linoleum floors and tightly arranged wooden furniture. (While passing two bunk beds in the dorm, we almost brushed our shoulders with snoring jocks spilling over their respective upper beds.) In addition to having individual lockers, all rooms are equipped with electric locks for extra security.

The shared bathrooms are adequate, but they were on the damp (and a little grubby) side.

It may not be the most atmospheric place, but the City Backpacker Hostel Biber is pretty quiet. And, although the Biber does not offer the included breakfast or social activities that are the norm at most hostels, they will help arrange activities, including a group discount at the nearby movie theater. There is also a small guest kitchen and a TV lounge.

By far, the best thing about the Backpacker Hostel Biber (aside from its very low rates) is its location right in the middle of the pedestrian shopping and eating area.

Do note that it might prove something of a task to reach the hostel. Once you navigate the warren of tiny Old Town streets and (somewhat serendipitously) end up on the alley where the Biber is located, you’ll climb several sets of steep stairs. Then one sign after another will direct you through a maze of narrow hallways past various unmarked doors. But hey, you’re in the heart of Zurich, right?

Wi-Fi is free throughout, and an Internet station is available for an additional fee.

Reviewed by: C H Kwak, EuroCheapo Staff Writer

Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.



  • Breakfast Extra Charge
  • Conference room
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Currency Exchange
  • Guest Kitchen
  • Laundry Service
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • No Elevator
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi: Free


  • Bathroom: Shared
  • Heat
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Towels


Niederdorfstrasse 5
Altstadt, Zurich, Switzerland

Phone: 044 251 90 15



About the City Backpacker - Hostel Biber neighborhood

Straddling the Limmat and Sihl rivers in Kreis 1, the medieval Old Town can be traced back to the pre-Roman days. The area is marked by narrow cobblestoned streets, scenic river views and picturesque architecture. The Kunsthaus art museum and Bahnhofstrasse shopping district are located within walking distance.

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