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The 7 Best Beer Gardens & Beer Halls in Munich

Munich beer garden

Beer & chill: Beer Gardens are cosy hangouts in Munich

For centuries, beer is and has been an important part of the culinary and cultural heritage of Bavaria and Munich. The best choice for having authentic “beer experience” are the traditional beer halls (indoors) and beer gardens (outdoors).

To present you the best ones, here is our list with 7 recommendations:

1. Augustiner Bräustuben
Off the beaten tourist track, this huge beer hall provides good atmosphere, great booze and cheap food. And the best: it’s just a 10 minutes walk from our wombats CITY HOSTEL Munich at the Landsberger Straße 19.

2. Waldwirtschaft (a.k.a WA-WI)
If there is any one beer garden that is an absolute must see, it this cosy place in the southern suburbs of Munich. If the weather is good, you just have to go there, as it offers a cosy outdoor location, live jazz and big band sounds on the weekend and traditional food stalls.

3. Max Emanuel Brauerei (a.k.a. Max E)
Backpacker’s recommendation: This beer garden is quite close to the university, making it a popular hangout for students and people from all over the world.

4. The Hofbräuhaus
Be warned: this is the most popular and also most touristy beer hall in Munich. Nevertheless, it’s also one of the most traditional and it helped to shape the city’s beer culture.

5. Hirschgarten
This is the largest beer garden in the world. It’s providing space for up to 8.000 (!) guests and is part of Munich beer culture since 1791.

6. Seehaus
Well, it is overpriced and posh, a place to hang out for Munich’s celebs and those who wanna be. BUT: you hardly can beat the location, as it is based right on the shore of a lake in the English Garden, next to a paddle boat rental.

7. Augustiner Keller
The traditional Augustiner Keller provides an indoor beer hall as well as the second largest beer garden in Munich (up to 7.000 guests). Here, the atmosphere on a summer evening is without equal.

Well, that’s all for now – if you have any personal recommendations for beer halls & gardens in Munich, just post them as a comment below!

[womphotocredits]Photo of Munich biergarten © russellcc under CC BY 2.0 License.[/womphotocredits]

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Become a Gustav Klimt Model

Ever considered being a model in a Gustav Klimt painting?

An online tool called Klimt Yourself lets you upload a photo of your face and embed it a famous Gustav Klimt painting, like The Kiss:

The Kiss painting by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss

You can then send the photo to friends, or use it on Facebook. Click here to try it out.

A First Glance of Our New Hostel in the Centre of Budapest

As many of you already know, we open a new wombats CITY HOSTEL in Budapest in June. As the construction works are on the way, we want to reveal some first facts and pics:

The wombats CITY HOSTEL BUDAPEST will be the biggest wombats so far with 461 beds in 112 rooms with bathrooms ensuite. We think it is one of the most splendid hostels you’ll see in a long time – and one of the most affordable ones, too. Because great quality and design should not affect our well-established value for money budget prices.

The Location couldn’t be better: a very short walk from Deák Square, the city’s main transportation hub where all three metro lines stop. We’re in the middle of the bohemian 6th district, with lots of unique nightlife venues and all the sights of the Pest side of town within easy walking distance.

To get a first picture of the new wombats CITY HOSTEL Budapest, have a look at the renderings below. First real pics will follow as soon as we got the construction process done. We hope to welcome you this summer in Budapest – rooms can already be booked on the wombats Budapest website.


Breakfast Room

Lounge Area

Bar Outside

Bar Inside

Late but Great: the wombats New Year Story

A few days ago, we got a really lovely thank you letter from Michelle and Drew, two guests from Australia. They were on a two months vacation in Europe, when their belongings and wallets got stolen on New Year. Our staff at our wombats CITY HOSTEL “The Naschmarkt” managed to help them out and saved their holidays.

Reading their message I decided to post it here on our blog, as I want to thank the reception team of “The Naschmarkt” for their great work – you girls and guys just rock!

Anyway, here’s the message from Michelle and Drew:

Travelling on a train from Krakow (Poland) to Vienna and have your wallet and belongings stolen is probably one of the worst ways to spend New Year! It takes a lot of international phone calls, police formalities and even more nerves to sort things like that out.

But we were lucky that we had booked at the wombats hostel “Naschmarkt”. The staff there saved our day and gave us support we are eternally grateful for.

We arrived at the hostel in the evening, without identification, as it had been stolen. The reception staff was not only willing to check us into our room, they also helped us with phone calls to our bank and the Australian Embassy. After that one of the staff members from wombats came with us to the police station to help us with translations and sorting things out. After heading back to the hostel we just wanted to sleep off the tributes of the day…

…but the wombat’s staff invited us to their staff New Years Eve party. Accepting this offer was the best decision we made on our two month vacation. We were partying with our new wombats friends, hopping between the various wombats hostels, feeling welcomed and loved at every location!

But it was not at that point that the support and compassion from the wombats staff stopped. For days they lent us their phone to call banks in Australia or our credit card companies. For days they became our family, the ones we turned to for support and guidance, laughs and tears, food and drinks.

Therefore we want to thank the staff at the wombats hostel “Naschmarkt” from the bottom of our heart, we are forever grateful for your lovely help. We are planning a trip early in 2014 to come and see you all again – or alternatively, please come visit us in Australia.

Love Always, 

Michelle and Drew


Walking in Vienna: Spring Is Waiting for You!

Walking in Vienna

A few weeks ago, we introduced WildUrb, a Vienna based online community that encourages urban people to discover urban space by walking. As spring is pampering us with sun and warmth these days, it’s time to head outside and discover Vienna’s outdoor secrets! So we asked Doris from Wildurb to give us her personal recommendations for some really cool walking tracks in the Austrian capital. Here we go:

Flashy Expressions – street art at the Danube Canal
Chill out trail (8km) in the center of Vienna. Start at the U4 and the U6 metro stration “Spitellau” and walk along the Danube Canal to find good mood, good people and good graffiti.

Colourful Contrasts – from urban subculture to decadence
Walk along the Wien river to find various kinds of architecture and urban space – from the wild side of the Wiener Gürtel all the way to the Naschmarkt and the Karlskirche. Easy 4,29 kilometers and highly recommended!

Urban Moods – A tour round Vienna’s unofficial “Central Park”
Central park, ey? Yes! The recreation area of the “Wienerberg” gives you a feeling of nature while  offering views of the “skyline” of the Vienna Business Park with its twin towers – a little bit of New York feeling!

Ancient History – Straight across the heart of Vienna
Start at the U3 metro station “Herrengasse” in Vienna’s first district and discover the old town off the beaten track. Find a good mood of mysticism flowing through the forecourts and courtyards of historic buildings – especially in foggy nights.

Full Commitment – climbing up the walls
For all of you that want to go higher than just walking on the ground, here’s your deal: get some climbing equipement and enjoy on of the city’s centre outdoor climbing experiences – we highly reccomend the Flakturm Esterházypark!

Vienna is waitin’ for ya – don’t hesitate and get outside!

Safety Rules! First Aid Course for Our Employees

Rule #1 of the wombats-code: “Our hostel staff shall always be able to help our guests.” In everyday hostel business “help” mostly means to give travel, sightseeing and party information. We have been lucky enough to go through hostel life without grave medical accidents in our houses.

But as you can never know what could happen in the future, we recently took a first aid course at the aid organisation “Green Cross”. 16 of our Viennese hostel employees learned all the essential things to do in case of medical accidents. See the pictures to get some impression…

For all of us participating in the course it felt good to improve these important skills. And it feels even better that our hostels are even more safe than before – from “very safe” to “super safe” :)

Thanks to the guys from the Grünes Kreuz for their support and the great lessons!

Take Me to the Disco! wombats Presents the womCLUB

Boom boom boom: After years of awesome party nights in our womBARS we have decided to take the next level of partying: our own clubbing series. Curtains up for the womCLUB in our hostel “The Lounge” in Vienna!

The first session starts next Friday the 23rd March. Besides lots of great international party people there will be an ass kicking range of contemporary electronic music from Austria’s DJ scene: sweet Classic House from ‘Mesca’, massive breakbeats from ‘DJ Clash’ and ‘Wanek:D’ as well as deep dubstep and minimal beats from ‘TJM’.

It all starts at 9 p.m. in our “The Lounge” womBAR in the Mariahilfer Straße 137. There will be one clubbing each month – more info on the flyers. See you there and show us how you party!

Austria’s Next Topmodel and Popstars go wombats!

Last weekend we had some pretty special guests at our wombats CITY HOSTELS in Vienna: At “The Naschmarkt” hostel the finalists of the casting show “Austria’s Next Topmodel” stayed for two nights during the final show and party.

Although the young beauties Gina, Lana, Melisa and the winner Antonia were super-busy with all the ceremonies, they were really decent and lovely guests without special wishes or airs and graces. They even let one of our receptionists take a photo shooting with her handy cam.

In our Vienna hostel, “The Lounge” we hosted the participants of the music casting show “Popstars: Mission Austria”. Unfortunately we couldn’t manage to take a picture…

…anyway – it was nice to have you around, girls and guys. Thanks for your stay! The wombats crew wishes you all the best for your future music and model career.

womTunes: vote for Bensh at the Amadeus Music Award

After winning a lot of hostel awards recently, wombats is now entering the stage of music awards…

…well, it’s rather not wombats itself but our lovely receptionist Benjamin-Zsolt Zombori: his music project “Bensh” is nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards. Due to massive radio airplay of three singles and their recent album release “Clues” they have been selected for the category “FM4 Award”.

Vote for Bensh!
Help the wombats community and support Bensh by giving them your vote on the radio FM4 website. Big thanks!

Bensh or Bensh?
“Bensh” is both the artist name of Benjamin and the name of his band, consisting of Bensh, Sion Trefor and Sevo. They play topnotch “cosmopolitan” noisepop, mixing influences from many of the most eclectic places in pop Bensh has travelled in the last six years: from the Austrian Alps to the United Kingdom, from Japan to Germany to Iceland and back through Europe.

So Benjamin is a real traveller and that’s what brought him to wombats: He’s now working at the reception of our wombats CITY HOSTEL “The Lounge”, which is a good balance to the music work in the studio. “I just love the contact with people from all over the world at wombats,” Benjamin told us. “Guests and employees are meeting each other very open and friendly. And it’s great fun.”

For more info visit the Bensh website and facebook page.

And here’s my favourite song from Bensh:

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