Baracca Backpacker
Maggia Valley, Ticino, Aurigeno, Switzerland, Aurigeno, Switzerland

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Open from: 6th April to 31st October

Baracca Backpacker Aurigeno is a tiny hostel with only 13 beds but unlimited access to the peaceful outdoors.

Our cosy hostel has a home-like atmosphere and is situated off the beaten track, hidden among chestnut trees in the beautiful Maggia Valley in southern Switzerland (Ticino), just 13km north of Lake Maggiore, Locarno and Ascona.

Come here to take a vacation from your vacation! Enjoy yourself in our unique lush garden, featuring our waterfall, wooden sculptures and wonderful views of historic churches and mountains. Cook fresh meals in our full-equipped kitchen, using free herbs fresh from our garden!

Our common room has a huge information board with the best map in the area and tons of information on local hiking, biking and swimming activities. From here you can reach the incredible bathing spots at Maggia River, ranging from small gorges and and waterfalls to deep, emerald-green still pools and sandy beaches.

- Nice and restful garden with BBQ
- Waterfall behind the hostel
- Craftsman shop in-house
- Bikes for rent
- Sleeping bag required - renting is possible
- Lockers
- Games, table tennis, fresh herbs for cooking
- 700km of hiking trails
- 10 minutes' walk to a refreshing waterfall with crystal clear water
- Next to Locarno and Ascona (13km)
- Day-trips available by boat (Lago Maggiore) to the Brissago Islands and Italy

We are a member of Swiss Backpacker's Association!


  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hot showers
  • Kitchen
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mini supermarket
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Towels for Hire
  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Not Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes included


By Train :
If you arrive from northern Switzerland or Germany,you can reach
Locarno every hour (during day time):
- From Zurich and Lucerne in 3 hrs
- From Basel and Berne in 4 hrs

From southern Switzerland and Italy there are trains every 30 min. to Locarno (during day time):
-From Lugano in 1 hr and from Milano (Italy) in 2 hrs

At the train station Locarno, catch bus no.315 (dir.Vallemaggia). drive up the valley approx. 25 min.and get off the bus at the 'Ronchini' bus stop.

Cross the main road and walk up the road approx. 50m,then turn left and follow the signposts for 'Backpacker' into the forest and cross the suspension bridge. It takes about 15 minutes to reach Baracca Backpacker above the church of Aurigeno.

By car:
From the highway no.2 (dir. Germany or Italy), take exit:'Bellinzona sud' (Lago Maggiore/Locarno), drive to Locarno (through the tunnel), take the 'Vallemaggia/Centovalli' exit and keep on driving approx. 15 min, then turn left 'Aurigeno/Moghegno'. Follow the signpost for 'Backpacker'. You can find us above the church of Aurigeno.