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Leissigen Youth Hostel: A Malt History, Scenic Views, and an Old Charm Feel

Leissigen Youth HostelLet’s go back to October 7, 2015 when Gab and I made our way to Bern, Switzerland from Paris and we stayed at a beautiful holiday home turned youth hostel situated in the quiet village of Leissigen. Did I mentioned it sits right by Lake Thun making it a youth hostel with its own beach? And that the holiday home used to be owned by a man named Albert Wander, the same man who invented the Ovomaltine malt drink? You can read more about the hostels history here, if you’re interested.

The Leissigen Youth Hostel literally has the old charm feel, like you’ve traveled back in time to the 1900’s with its interiors and furniture. It’s also a great base camp for taking day trips to the old town of Bern, Interlaken or visiting the Swiss Alps — which is why it was my favorite hostel during our eurotrip. The Leissigen Youth Hostel is open from April 29 to October 23, the months between that is the winter season and therefor would be too cold to stay in because there’s no central heating… Yes folks, the building is pretty much in its original state since it was first built, around the time central heating still wasn’t a thing.

Anyway, I’ll let my photos do the talking.

A warning: it’s a bit photo heavy, so I’m sorry to the PH internet users.

Albert Wander Haus Youth Hostel

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Inside the youth hostel

Bern (63 of 67)Upon entering the front door, the main hallway and a large poster of a vintage postcard is what first greets you. The entire place was empty when we arrived. Not even the staff was there. Reception would open at 5 PM, and it was only around 3:30. 

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Around the hostel you’ll find vintage ads of Ovomaltine. It was a really nice addition to the place.

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 The cozy common area for playing board games with your family, friends or other hostel guests.

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On the right side of the common area was this beautifully tiled furnace. 

The Albert Wander Room

I’ll be honest, the whole house gives me an eerie vibe because the interiors and the furniture look like it hasn’t changed since 1900’s. The floors creak with every step (literally), and the lights are so yellow and dim that it makes the long hallways feel like the twins from The Shining will appear out of nowhere asking you to “come play with them” *shudders*. But that’s completely part of the charm, and I loved every bit of it. Even when it felt like I was in a paranormal movie every time the sun set.

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If you see a year written on anything in Europe, it’s safe to assume that’s when that certain thing was built, especially for buildings. As for our beds, I’m inclined to believe it was made in 1916. Pretty cool to sleep in a 100 year old bed.Bern (66 of 67)
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 Our balcony where I’d imagine would be the perfect place to sit and read while drinking Ovomaltine.

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The beautiful view of Lake Thun and the Niesen mountain from our balcony. Who would mind waking up to this?

The Food

Majority of hostels will have breakfast included in your fee. It’s usually simple and enough to energize you for your day of traveling. At the Albert Wander Haus you can also request for packed lunches or have dinner at the hostel, which I found most of the families do so it’s like one big gathering.

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I ate that Ovomaltine spread like there was no tomorrow. It’s even better than Nutella, in my opinion. If anyone knows where I can find a bottle of this heavenly goodness, let me know! :-)

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European meal staples: ham and different kinds of cheese.
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Our first dinner at the hostel:  burger patty, grilled veggies and mash. 
It was easily my favorite meal during our stay, very rustic and hearty.

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This meal looks like it’s just some kind of pork with rice and broccoli, but actually it was made from mashed cauliflower and mozzarella cheese. It was absolutely scrumptious, but as a meat lover, I think I prefer the burger patty :-P

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 Gab chatting with a nice old fashioned looking lady from South Africa on our last night in Switzerland. We chatted with her for about 30 minutes, talking about traveling in general. For the life of me, I can’t remember her name, but I remember thinking she stepped out of 1910’s because of her green ensemble + the matching hat… But when I initially spotted her wandering by the lake, I also thought she was a ghost. Can you blame me?! 

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Our last cups of Ovamaltine + sugar donuts, while watching the sun set. I remember this moment very well. It was freezing, the sun was setting, my camera couldn’t capture the moment as perfectly as my eyes could see, there was a Korean couple chatting loudly at the next table while Gab and I quietly took sips from our cups, and I only ate half my donut because I was still full from the dinner we had before.

I would like to thank the Hostelling International, the Swiss Youth Hostel Association & the staff of the Albert Wander Haus Youth Hostel for making our stay in Leissigen a memorable one and supporting #CamieAndGabTakeEurope :-)

For more information on Leissigen Youth Hostel/Albert Wander Haus you can visit their website or follow YouthHostel_CH on Twitter.

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  • Reply Chester 22 January 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I think there is Ovamaltine in Robinson’s grocery (True Value ba?). We used to have that at home. If not, maybe SNR has it.

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 January 2016 at 7:08 pm

      OMG :((( I’LL CHECK TRUEVALUE. Pero Im trying to be healthy na. Shit.

  • Reply Yza Marzan 22 January 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Based from your photos, I love the vibe of the place! I might include this in my future Eurotrip, hopefully this year! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 January 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Definitely worth it. If you’re planning on switzerland for a few days, I suggest the swiss pass. My ticket from Leissigen to Bern was around 25 CHF, which is both ways. Thats quite pricey :( If youre visiting a lot of places then the swiss pass is worth it… We only traveled through Bern + Interlaken to visit the alps, so a swiss pass wasnt worth it. :)

  • Reply Chinny Chian 22 January 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Love the yogurt options and all the food I saw literally hahaha

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 January 2016 at 7:05 pm

      FOOD <3

  • Reply Rachel Liwanag 22 January 2016 at 3:34 pm

    The front door of the hostel looks so nice! and the interior of it so quaint love it

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 January 2016 at 7:05 pm

      The front is actually my favorite part, because of the doors too!

  • Reply Miel 22 January 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Is it just me or I think that hostel smells rustic (in a good way. I love rustic smell) Haha

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 January 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Unfortunately parang walang smell… Or maybe I never noticed. Haha

  • Reply Pearl 22 January 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Ohmygoooosh this place looks like a dream!

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 January 2016 at 7:04 pm

      A dream and also slightly creepy, especially at night. Haha

      • Reply Pearl 22 January 2016 at 9:27 pm

        Haha I can imagine how it feels like :) Anyway, I really love the way you edit your photos, Camie. The film look suits the place.

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 22 January 2016 at 9:19 pm

    The food though, looks good :)

  • Reply Louise Ramos 22 January 2016 at 11:55 pm

    It’s as if you’ve stayed in a life-size vintage toy house– from exteriors to the insides of the room. Also, the lake’s scenery is postcard worthy! And you’ve made me hungry at 12am. Haha.
    Caffeine Rush

  • Reply Corinth 23 January 2016 at 8:38 am

    I remember getting on Snapchat when I wake up to see updates from you! HAHA. And my gosh, the hostel is creepy all the way through but you’re right, that’s what made the place so charming. And is Ovomaltine same as Ovaltine?! Also, I wouldn’t blame you for mistaking that old woman as a ghost. HAHA. The place looks so breathtaking! I’m so glad you traveled to Europe! I get to see other parts of the world through your eyes.

  • Reply Pia 25 January 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Switzerland is so picturesque, no? I remember taking the train from Milan to Lucerne and thinking “I wish I could remember this moment forever”. I went in the Spring and everything was so beautiful. :’) And I love the Ovomaltine too! My dad used to work in Ovaltine and pretty much grew up munching on Ovalteenies. When I found a chocolate bar version in their local supermarket, it was heaven. LOL.

    • Reply Camie Juan 31 January 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Switzerland is probably the most picturesque! I mean I’ve visited the French alps too, and they have great sceneries but Switzerland is pretty constant wherever you go in regards to nature/sceneries.

      So Ovaltine IS Ovomaltine? I thought it was a fake version or something. HAHA

  • Reply kb (@heykebe) 25 January 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Camie! Did you use Canon G7X for your photos here as well? :D Thanks!

    • Reply Camie Juan 31 January 2016 at 1:15 pm

      No, I used my X-A2! Though the G7X has great photo quality too! :)

  • Reply rachelleramilo 29 January 2016 at 9:48 am

    Your photos are really nice! Sleeping in a hundred-year old bed seems awesome. :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 31 January 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Rachelle :)

      It was nice, a little creepy though? Haha

  • Reply PP 1 October 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Hi camie. How much did you spend for your stay here? Ans is there an additional charge for dinner

  • Reply JS 10 October 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Camie! I also want to know the rate of the hostel.. I looked up the site but sadly they are booked

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