City Backpacker Hotel Biber

Niederdorfstrasse 5, Zürich, 8001, Switzerland

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City Backpacker Hotel Biber
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  • carolynllew's Profile Photo

    wonderful location


    A good hostel despite all those stairs.

    Unique Quality: Friendly and convenient for a short stay.
    In the Niederdorfstrasse- a narrow pedestrian street full of restaurants,bars and shops.
    Reception is even higher than the second floor in winter.

    Directions: At the back of Hotel Biber. About a ten min walk from Hauptbahnhof on the opposite side of the Limmat River.

  • Carino's Profile Photo

    Awesome location!


    Well, I'm living so close to Zurich, that I never had to stay in a hostel or hotel in Zurich. But if I were a tourst, I'd stay here.

    Unique Quality: The location is excellent. Right in the heart of the Old Town, about 10 minutes walk from the Main Station, 2 minutes to the next Tram Stop and just about 10 minutes walk to the lake. GREAT!

    Directions: The Niederdorfstrasse is the main walking street in the Old Town. The hotel is about 5 min. walk from Central. Check out the map. The entrance is in a smaller sidealley. You have to turn to the right at the nice Kebap Stand on the left.

  • littlebush's Profile Photo

    City backpackers


    city backpackers is right in the heart of the city in the old town on Niederdorstrasse, and is surrounded by bars and restaurants. dorms are 34F with 20F key depoist. the rooms are ok with showers on each level. theres also a kitchen and a small common room, reception closes for munch 12-3pm.

  • Nike333's Profile Photo

    The City Backpacker-Hotel Biber


    I have never been inside this backbacker as I had my own apartment. The reason why I picked this one to introduce is because of his great location in the Niederdorf. I think the prices are quite reasonable for Zurich

  • Maralaat's Profile Photo

    We sleeped in City Backpacker...


    We sleeped in City Backpacker hostel.

    Unique Quality: First you step in to this relatively small hostel from one narrow sidestreet of Niederdorfstrasse you think 'this can't be good at all...'. That's because of you have to climb up dirty and old stairs to get to the reception... When you find the reception it might be also closed if you happen to come in wrong time (reception isn't open between 12-15 afternoon).
    Reception works fine and staff is enthusiastic and smiling.
    Rooms are clean and there is also a kitchen on each floor. WC's and showers are common and not so clean all the time.

    Directions: Niederdorfstrasse 5 (near to the night life central of Zurich)

  • Hotel Biber / City Backpacker


    The price per night is 29 CHF (Swiss Francs) for a 6 bed dorm style room with lockers.

    Unique Quality: Right in the heart of Zurich. A short 5 minute walk from the trainstation. A great deal for only 29 CHF a night. THere is also a courtyard just outside its doors that host a bunch of outdoor activities all summer long.

    Directions: City Backpacker - Hotel Biber
    Niederdorfstrasse 5
    8001 Zürich

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo

    right in the heart of buzzing niederdorf


    I recently stayed at the Biber and found it excellent. It's often full so it's better to make reservations in advance. In case you are stuck there's a second hostel, a HI, but it's located out in the suburbs. Address will follow soon.

    Unique Quality: It's the city's backpacker's hostel at Niederdorfstrasse 5, in the old town, where the nightlife is. A really nice hostel, in the middle of everything, for 29 swiss francs a night in the dorms.

    Directions: in a side lane

  • Dany_Kulta's Profile Photo

    City Backpacker -...


    City Backpacker - Hotel Biber
    Niederdorfstrasse 5
    8001 Zürich
    Phone: +41 1 251 90 15
    Fax: +41 1 251 90 24


    Dormitory: Fr. 29.--
    Double Room: Fr: 92.--
    Kitchen facilities
    Washing facilities
    64 Beds

  • MZK's Profile Photo

    City Backpacker - Hotel Biber,...


    City Backpacker - Hotel Biber, Niederdorfstrasse 5
    CH-8001 Zuerich, Switzerland
    phone ++41 1 251 90 15 fax ++41 1 251 9024
    A bed in a dormitory room was 29 Swiss Franks (about $20) a night. Clean sheets were 3 Franks extra in case you are not carrying a sleeping bag.

    Unique Quality: Cheap and convenient!

    Directions: In the heart of the city, close walk from the main train station.

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Train from Zurich to Milan?

by undeuxtrois


I want to travel from Zurich to Milan via the Gotthard Pass route. Prior to that I will be travelling from Paris to Geneva, and then Geneva to Zurich. And after Milan i'll travel to Rome.

Where (from which website) should I book the ticket from Zurich to Milan? And should I buy some kind of rail pass (I'm 21, so maybe i'd qualify for a reduced fare) or buy the tickets individually? I'm Australian, but at the moment I'm in Paris, which is where I intend to buy the tickets.

Thanks for any help

Re: Train from Zurich to Milan?

by gmg61

Unfortunately I can't help you with the fares but you'll fin all info on that site



Re: Train from Zurich to Milan?

by K_V_B

If you're in Paris at the moment than you should be able to buy all the tickets you need at one of the main Paris railway stations.

Re: Train from Zurich to Milan?

by jerryttk

Buy it seperately, from Zurich to Chiasso on swiss train and from Chiasso to Milan on Italian train. It is the cheapest if you get cheap ticket on Swiss train. Sent you a message. Check your inbox here. Good luck!

Travel Tips for Zürich

Zürich Tip

by call_me_rhia


Let's start with a list of the most famous tourist attractions. In Zürich there are three interesting churches to visit: Grossmünster,
Fraumünster (with Chagal stained-glass windows) and St. Peter. Museumwise the two most important ones are the Kunsthaus and the Swiss National Museum. For architecure the best is to check out the old traditional corporation houses (Zunfthäusern) in the Niederdorf or the buildings both in the immediate proximity of the river Limmat.

Lake Zurich

by Toyin

Lake Zurich is between Zurich and Davos, its on the main highway out of Zurich to Davos. It is sorounded by snow covered mountains, a scene that gives it a spectacular view as you could see in this pics. The lake is used for various activities including sports, and as a medium of transportation.

A Wallace Fountain from Paris

by Nemorino

In the middle of Zürich there is a Wallace Fountain just like the ones in Paris, with explanatory plaques in several languages.

The explanation in English reads:

"Fountain from Paris, 1870, to initiate the 1982 World Convention of Water Experts in Zurich. The four nymphs personify simplicity, purity, sobriety and charity. They symbolize international co-operation in providing people everywhere with pure and salubrious water."

These fountains were named after the English philanthropist and art collector Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890), who donated them to the city of Paris in 1871 and 1872 (not 1870 as it says on the plaque) to provide safe drinking water for the people of Paris after the city’s public water supply had been destroyed during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1871 and the uprising of the Paris Commune.

Dolder Sports Complex

by Nemorino

1. Dolder Ice Skating Rink
2. Three of these machines are in constant use to scrape and smooth the ice.
3. Entrance to the ice skating rink

Not far from the upper station of the Dolderbahn is a large sports complex, including the Dolder Ice Skating Rink, which they claim is the largest artificial ice skating rink in Europe.

It was built in 1930 and has an area of roughly six thousand square meters.

The sports complex also includes an outdoor swimming pool and a mini golf range.

Botanical Garden

by yumyum

I consider the Botanical Garden off beaten track as it is not the usual tourist site. But if you are in Zürich longer then it could be a possibility to visit this place. There are 3 greenhouses with the themes savannah, subtropical and tropical. They are open all year round (in winter till 4 pm). Entry is free of charge. In the warmer seasons the gardens are also used as park for relaxing or eating a sandwich for lunch.

BTW, there is a cafeteria but it is only open Monday to Friday.

On trolleybus no. 33 there is a stop "Botanischer Garten" or alternatively take tram no. 2 or 4 to "Höschgasse" and walk up.


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