Lucerne Youth Hostel on the picturesque Lake Rotsee is a building with a history: Ever since its opening in 1978, it’s welcomed a considerable number of guests and overheard lots of stories and adventures.
Now, this old lady has been revitalised and made even more beautiful with impressive wallpaper.
The large photos on the walls in the lounges and dining room are accompanied by a video obstacle course with riddling phone calls. It ultimately leads you to the youth hostel’s defunct telephone box, where the solution to the riddle is soon to be found.
Modern lounges and optimised food services
On the way to reception, you’ll notice not only the photo wallpaper, but also the great design of the seating and interior spaces. Thanks to collaboration with Nader Interior, the pictures and interior design are perfectly matched.
In the background, the renovation project also aimed to improve standards in the rooms and focused on repairing surfaces. Food services workflows were also optimised.
The fascination of technology and mobility
The idea behind the wall photos is a cohesive presentation. It highlights small sections of large objects in high resolution. Without giving too much away: All photo subjects are popular witnesses of the past of Swiss mobility technology and real exhibits at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.
To the delight of the keen rowers who train on Lake Rotsee especially, the dining room also features a real, around 50-year-old skiff to go with the wallpaper.
Where to go?
What does the Swiss Museum of Transport have to do with the youth hostel – or vice versa? That’s simple: Lucerne Youth Hostel is planning a change in location and has found just the right partner: the Swiss Museum of Transport.
The museum premises include a high-rise office building from the 60s. Following a complete renovation, the youth hostel will relocate there, offering not only a postcard panorama, but also an unparalleled location.
Until then: enjoy Lake Rotsee!
As long as the hostel’s current location guarantees proximity to Lake Rotsee, you should enjoy that benefit to the fullest. Because Lake Rotsee, also called «Göttersee» (Lake of Gods) among rowers, has plenty of aces up its sleeve.
The shore areas are a conservation area and are home to versatile flora and fauna. Two-and-a-half kilometres in length, the lake is ideal for rowing regattas.
But the water also invites you to take a nice dip or sunbath, as the rolling hills provide protection from the strong wind. If you’re lucky, maybe the lake will even freeze over in winter, transforming into a natural ice field. And walkers will find a slow-paced loop trail with a playground and sections of forest.