Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna

To be part of an international team, get to know people from all over the world and experience the everyday life of the hostel business in Vienna´s oldest and best hostel!

Over the years we have become really good friends and that is one of the reasons for the good atmosphere and team work at the reception. We care for each other, have fun together and it really feels like a big family! That is how volunteers can expect to be treated :) See more about that here: A security deposit of EUR 120 is also required in order to guarantee your place in the program. This should be paid up to a month prior to your arrival date and will be refunded at the end of your stay. The down-payment can be done via Paypal or bank wire. Thank you! Unfortunately we are facing problems with the Austrian employment office to get non-European volunteer candidates registered. Until we find a solution for this problem we will unfortunately only be able to accept applications with either an EU passport or a student / holiday working visa :(


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Best hostel ever what a beautiful experience , beautiful people and beautiful atmosphere , thank you guys for everything you will always be my second Family

over 1 year ago


they are too good and helpful
thank you Paola and jelena too much

over 1 year ago

Patrick replied

Thank you Maged soo much, and I'm really sorry that it didn't work out. I really hope that one day you come to visit us :)


One of the best experiences I could ever wish for! The hostel has an amazing vibe and the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming! You can really feel that they want you to have the best time in Vienna. I often feel like I'm getting more from the hostel than I'm giving back to them! You feel like on hollidays forever, working only few days per week having the rest of your time to enjoy the city by foot or with the amazing volunteers bikes. You can spend your time chilling around the common area, gardens and at the bar. If you want to, you can end up learning how to prepare some drinks!

about 2 years ago

Patrick replied

The most lovely crazy Taiwanese-Brazilian girl I had the pleasure to meet!! :) Very responsible, committed, efficient, creative and joyful. Always with a smile on her face and ready to jump in and help! She also spoiled us and the guests with lots of yummy Brazilian food. The halloween fingers were simply the best! :D She made cry when she left and the hostel doors will always be open for her whenever she visits Vienna again!


Best place ever!

over 2 years ago

United States

Your first day is a free day. That allows you to settle in. You get a room with your peers rather than the guests so that is a cool experience. The work is fair and simple to pick up on. The Staff is warm and even if you can't communicate with everyone, a smile speaks through it all. Your bosses are fun and always wondering what they can do to make the hostel better. You are allowed to set up your working schedule with you peers so yes. you can have 4 days off in a row and make up those days later. You get a meal that is really tough to get tired of. 2 months there and I never disliked it.

over 2 years ago

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