Our association and its history
The hostel is a Swiss-inspired cabin built on stone foundations. Its construction dates back to the beginning of last century. It was build entirely by local companies under the leadership of the Boucart family, a long line of industrialists from the nearby Guebwiller valley. The chalet was originally built to house a mink breeding farm.
In 1937, thanks to the Léo Lagrange agreements (leading to the creation of youth hostels in France), to public subscriptions and to mortgages taken on the private properties of members of the young Dynamo association, the cottage became the property of the Dynamo association. Dynamo then became one of the first youth hostels in France. This friendly place for exchanges and meetings soon became successful with the local youth, who came up to relax and enjoy nature.
The cottage was then requisitioned by the Wehrmacht during World War II. Then, at the end of the conflict, the house recovered its status as a youth hostel. Parties, meetings, sports challenges and folk dances organised in the adjoining clearing punctuated the life of the hostel in the 60’s and 70’s, while the house also benefitted to major restoration work (water sanitation and catchment).
More recently, the hostel was equipped with solar panels thanks to a grant from the Alsace region. These panels provide power for part of the electricity used, while a hot water tank was installed in the bathroom for more comfort.
Echoing the spirit the 60’s and 70’s, despite the constraints of the site, the team of volunteers who manages the youth hostel organised two music festivals successively in 2007 and 2012 to celebrate the 70th and 75th anniversaries of Dynamo.
Dynamo joined since its creation the French network of youth hostels (United Federation of Youth Hostels – FUAJ, part of Hostelling International). The house is managed by the local association of youth hostels (AAG68). This association is composed solely of volunteers. Since its creation almost 80 years ago, the hostel is guarded and maintained by a 100% volunteer team, lovers of this unique place and willing to share it with all. Why not you ?!
If you have a little time to spare and you are tempted by volunteering, please contact us for more information. No special skills are required; you will receive training to become a hut keeper.