Filmfestival Vienna - Hiroki Ogawa

Film Festival 2017 on Rathausplatz, Vienna

film-festival-rathausplatz

Vienna`s public open air Film Festival

Vienna´s public open air  Film Festival offers classical and modern cultural highlights in front of the City Hall in Vienna until September 3rd. It´s not just about sitting in front of a huge screen and watching concerts and operas. There´s also a decent foodcourt featuring 22 restaurants and food outlets open daily from 11am till midnight. But not a sign of fast food in sight, as all dishes will be freshly prepared. The emphasis is on foods of organic origin from the region.

Close to the underground Stations Rathaus (U2) and Volkstheater (U3/U2) it´s easily reachable within 25 minutes from any wombat´s CITY HOSTEL in Vienna. If you don´t make to Vienna by September maybe you`d like to visit Viennale, Vienna`s most famous Film Festival.

The program for the last week:

28.08.2017         20:30       110 min.

Nussknacker
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Jahr: 2015
Music-Programm
TCHAIKOVSKY I SVEN KACIREK: The Nutcracker Sessions (Naive NV 832411CD)
Solisten: Marianna Barabas, George Oliveira, Alexis Oliveira, Stephan Bourgond, Alvaro Prieto
Aufführungsort: Grimaldi Forum

 

29.08.2017        20:30        96 min.

Mumford & Sons: Dust and Thunder
Music-Programm
ERNST MOLDEN: schdrom (Monkey MON 136CD)
Interpreter: Mumford & Sons

30.08.2017       20:30        205 min.

Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Dirigent: Victor Pablo Pérez. Jahr: 2005
Music-Programm
MOZART I ISABELLE FAUST / IL GIARDINO ARMONICO: Violinkonzerte CD 1 (Harmonia Mundi HMC 902230)
Solisten: Carlos Álvarez, Maria Bayo, Lorenzo Regazzo
Orchester: Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Aufführungsort: Teatro Real, Madrid

 

31.08.2017        20:30       132 min.

George Michael – Live in Lodon 2008
Music-Programm
RALPH TOWNER: My Foolish Heart (ECM 2516CD)
Interpreter: George Michael
Aufführungsort: Earls Court, London

 

01.09.2017         20:35        158 min.

Carmen
Georges Bizet. Dirigent: Andris Nelsons. Jahr: 2010
Solisten: Nadia Krasteva, Massimo Giordano, Anna Netrebko, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Orchester: Wiener Staatsoper
Aufführungsort: Wiener Staatsoper

 

02.09.2017        20:00

Streetparade
VIENNA SUMMERBREAK FESTIVAL

03.09.2017          20:35        20 min.

 

Musikkurzfilme für Kinder – Highlights der Vienna Shorts Agentur
Music-Prigramm
BRUNO COCSET & LES BASSES REUNIES: Give Me Your Hand – Geminiani & The Celtic Earth (ALPHA 276CD)

 

03.09.2017        20.50        60 min.

Musik im Film – Highlights der Viena Shorts Agentur
various types of music and pictures

Weblinks:

http://www.filmfestival-rathausplatz.at/en/filmprogram/

Photo from the Danube Island Festival

Don’t Miss “Europe’s Largest Free Party”: The Danube Island Festival Vienna 2017

The Danube Island Festival

Come to Vienna this June and join over 3 million visitors in seeing 2,000 performers at the Danube Island Festival! The dates of the festival are 23 to 25 June 2017.

Photo from the Danube Island Festival

Danube Island Festival

International headliners such as Mando Diao and Moop Mama mix with german stars like Fettes Brot and austrian artists, p.e. Julian le Play and Der Nino aus Wien. Saturday will feature a Falco Tribute on the main stages. There will also be activities and events like speed climbing, volleyball, sailboat races, and a Freestyle Mountain Bike Show.

There will be over 250 vendor stands where you can get delicious food and beer. You can also bring your own beer (if it’s in cans, not bottles), as well as your own food.

Read more on the Vienna tourism site (English) and the Danube Island Festival’s website (German). In the Vienna underground stations, you can also usually find a free newspaper that has a map of the event. You might want to pick up one of those maps, because the festival is several kilometers long.

Hope to see you there!

Oktoberfest

O´zapft is! How to Oktoberfest 2017

The Oktoberfest runs from Sept 16th – October 3rd 2017

What do hostel workers need most after an exhausting summer season? A sixteen-day beerfest, along with a hostel full of intoxicated guests. NOT, you would think, but we actually still enjoy this.

OK, we could do with less puke in the elevators, but there are the bizarre moments making up for the downsides. Like the guest we only saw wearing a helmet (“to avoid injuries when passing out”) or the guy wearing a zebra costume for breakfast. I asked him where he got that one from, to which he replied: “I don’t remember, I woke up in it”. Or the guy who returned at 3am with nothing but his underpants (he couldn’t tell how that happened, but we know it). We have seen it all, and whatever you do, we won’t tell your girlfriend. Here’s how to Oktoberfest:

Avoid the weekends.

Especially avoid Saturdays. Especially the Saturday on the second weekend, when FC Bayern has a home match. Do yourself a favour and go on a weekday. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, it’s still the biggest party on earth. It’s easier to find accommodation. You”ll have to line up less than an hour for the rollercoasters, you’ll get inside the tents without lining up for hours and a free spot at a table will be much easier to find as well.

Don’t try to reserve a table

Because they don’t accept table reservations when the tent is likely to be full anyway. You just enter the tent of your choice. Scan it for empty spots and ask the other people on the table “ist hier frei?” – that’s it, and it’s also a good conversation starter.

First eat, then drink!

Oktoberfest beer is stronger than the regular stuff. It can get quite warm in the tents, so you will be thirsty and might drink more than you intended. The salt on the pretzels will do the rest. Start your day with a hearty lunch – I recommend one of the many beer halls. Augustiner Bräustuben (http://www.braeustuben.de/) serves excellent pork knuckle for just € 9,20. The alcohol will hit you in a much more enjoyable way when you have some lardy food in your stomach.

Leave your stuff at the hostel

The Oktoberfest throng is a pickpocket’s paradise. You won’t want to be paranoid all the time about the contents of your pockets. Also leave your eyeglasses at home, you know, drunk people sometimes throw around their arms in a somewhat uncontrolled manner…

First rollercoaster, then binge drinking

Have mercy with me. I don’t want the contents of your digestive system raining down on me when I queue up. Please!
Still, if you are not yet completely wasted, sneaking out of the tent after the first Maß and go for a ride on the giant carousel or one of the rollercosters is definitely worth the experience.

Which tent?

There are 14 big ones and 20 small ones altogether with seats for 100,000. The first one you’ll see at the main entrance is the Hippodrom, well known for its champagne bar (WTF?) and the occasional celebrity visitor. Schottenhamel is a large one (it seats 10,000) and the tent where it all starts when the mayor taps the first keg. The biggest one is Paulaner Festzelt (capacity 10,900). The best about it is the large outdoor area on its southern side, so you can enjoy the autumn sun. The locals’ favourite is still Augustiner, the only one left tapping the beer from traditional wooden kegs. The tent where the shit really hits the fan is Hofbräu – like the Hofbräuhaus beer hall it’s very popular with tourists who intend to party hard. Mind that the waitresses will ask you to leave when you have an empty stein in front of you and refuse to replace it with a full one immediately. All the tents come with very cheesy oompah-style brass music playing traditional Bavarian songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Country Roads”. You will certainly hate it until you finished your fifth stein, then you’ll love it.

Don’t go to the wine tent

This is a BEERfest, for chrissake! Don’t be a nerd and drink wine. You just don’t!!!

Try not to pass out

The tents close just before midnight and those who can’t make it on their own legs any more will be brought to the slope under the “Bavaria” statue by the security guys. There are hundreds of “Bierleichen” lined up there every evening and the pickpockets will leave you with nothing but your underpants. You have been warned!

 

All in all the most important thing is to have fun. Go out and party hard!

 

If you visit Munich for the Oktoberfest, you can have free breakfast for the whole stay. Just click here to book, with the promotion code: YUMMYBEERINMYTUMMY

Szilveszter in Budapest

New Year´s Eve in Budapest

If you are celebrating New Year´s Eve in Budapest you won’t be bored. You can pick from plenty of events like concerts, upscale balls, street parties, local house parties and last but not least a party crowd in wombat´s wombar. With its centric location wombat´s CITY Hostel also gives you a variety of options where to watch the spectacular fireworks at midnight! A variety of specials, happy hours and a DJ will keep the party going in our wombar. Hungarians are very good at partying, especially on these special occasions like the last day of the year, or Szilveszter in hungarian.
New Year´s Eve in Budapest is something special, so you could also check out one of the three major places of outdoor festivities.
  • on Vörösmarty Square a three-day celebration awaits you, on 30th-31st December and on 1st January.
    Live bands from different countries will perform.
  • Nyugati Square (M3 metro line, trams No 4, 6).
    Hungarian pop-rock bands will entertain people.
  • Oktogon (trams  No 4, 6)
    Disco till dawn with popular Hungarian DJs.

Some Hungarian New Year’s Tradition

Most Hungarian New Years traditions are related to food. Having lentil or bean dishes on New Year’s Day makes you wealthy. Eat roast pork on New Year’s Eve and you’ll be lucky throughout the year. For hangover we eat a special soup (korhely leves) made from sour cabbage and sour cream. Washing and hanging out the washing is forbidden, because someone will die. According to common belief, the whole year will be like the way you behave on 1st January. You’d better be happy to drive away gloominess in the New Year!

Hostel Staff Meeting

5th International Hostel Staff Meeting

 

Ain’t it great to work at a Hostel? All the crazy shit you experience and the funny stories, but yet again there’s so much stuff you can’t share with people outside the Hostel bubble.

Good News! Wombat’s brings the bubble together on the 5th international Hostel Staff Meeting.

If you can make it 25th until 27th November.

Wombat’s Budapest will be hosting this Event and supplies a limited number of free beds available only for Hostel Staff.

If you work at a Hostel or run one yourself, feel free to send an e-mail from your hostel account over to events[a]wombats.eu and we’ll do our best to squeeze you in.
It is going to be a beautiful opportunity network and share the stories and experiences of hostelling. Obviously this will turn into a crazy party weekend at some point, but we’ll try to let it appear as professional as possible.
Our lovely Staff at wombat’s Budapest already arranged a Walking Tour, a Hungarian Cooking Session, a Pub Crawl and some other specials.
You’re definitely going to enjoy Budapest to the fullest, join us!

Check out the Facebook event!

Viennale – Viennas International Film Festival

Viennale 2013If you´re visiting Vienna these days you´ll have to face moody autumn weather. May be the best way to escape fog and rain is to take advantage of the Viennale, Austria´s most important Film Festival. Last year The Guardian commented on the Viennale: If the prime purpose of a film festival is to open up exciting new vistas and present work one is unlikely to see elsewhere, then Vienna in autumn is the place to be.So you obviously chose the right place to be.

The international Film Festival takes place since 1960 and offers a broad spectrum of artistic movies from around the globe. Many movies are shown in original language (subtitled in german). Commonly it is known for the variety of movies, serving the needs of main stream and more critical minded cineasts.

The Viennale 2016 takes place from October 20th until November 2nd. Participating cinemas are Metro, Filmmuseum, Stadtkino Künstlerhaus, Kino Schwarzenbergplatz and Gartenbaukino. All of them are places with a unique atmosphere and wonderful charme located in the city center. Every single one is easily reachable from every wombat´s CITY Hostel in Vienna. A special goodie is the retrospective in vienna´s Filmmuseum. The Viennale retrospective shows movies from previous editions of the festival. By the way, the Filmmuseum is worth a visit at an time of the year. For additional information, directions and most importantly the festival´s program check out their website www.viennale.at

 

Festival of Lights in Berlin

Fernsehturm

Fernsehturm on Alexanderplatz during the Festival of Lights.

Festival of Lights in Berlin

Berlin glows! Famous landmarks, cultural monuments, historical buildings, streets and other locations including Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the radio tower are literally being highlighted during Berlin´s Festival of Lights. It takes place between the 6th and the 15th of October 2017.

Summer is over and autumn threatens to turn the whole city into a grey mass. This festival fights darkness and makes an effort to boost the city´s colours.

Taking place every october since 2005. The festival has turned into a magnet for visitors to Berlin. The Festival also includes various special events such as the arts and culture event “OpenCity“, the “LightRun”, “Jazz in the ministry gardens“ and Sunday sales in shopping centres. Besides, the Festival of Lights is also an active partner in charity events presented and organised by the “City Stiftung Berlin”.

Only the involvement of many people and partners made it possible to transform the Capital into a shining stage. That is why many individuals, companies, institutions and artists engage in this festival. Social commitment and entrepreneurship have been essential for the Festival of Lights from it´s very beginning. The Festival of Lights supports the City Foundation Berlin since 2005 and thus, promotes charity projects. During the festival, the City Foundation Berlin presents an extensive charity program.

All sights are in easy reach from wombat´s CITY Hostels´ Berlin branch. From our amazing rooftop terrace you can even see some highlighted sights, such as the Fernsehturm on Alexanderplatz.

Luckily we offer 20% discount in October if stay for three nights or more. Book the offer here. Just use the promotion code: FALLING LEAVES

For further information see festival-of-lights.de and berlin.de

New Year´s Eve in Berlin

New Year's Eve in BerlinOne of Europe’s largest open air parties  is celebrated on New Year’s Eve in Berlin, between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Together, about one million people await the beginning of a new year.

New Year’s Eve in Berlin

On New Year’s Eve Berlin invites its guests and residents to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a great open air party. Each year bands and DJs attract about one million people to party along the “Straße des 17. Juni”, between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column until the early morning hours of the 1st of January.
At midnight a massive firework marks the start of the new year.

New Year’s Eve between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column

The party area comprises two kilometres from Brandenburg Gate along the “Straße des 17. Juni” until the Victory Column. The festival programme includes music acts, international stars and performances, light shows, food from all over the world as well as the famous firework. The party has no definite ending.

Security Checks at the Entrances

At the entrances of the festival mile security checks take place. Any kind of firework is strictly prohibited. Pointed and sharp items as well as items which can be used as weapons, are not allowed to be carried inside the party area. The same counts for glass bottles and big bags.

New Year´s Eve at wombat´s

If you don´t want to celebrate New Year´s Eve among millions of people and you are one of the lucky persons staying at wombat´s CITY Hostel Berlin, the roof terrace and bar might be the place to be. You´ll have an amazing view over Berlin´s city center and our wombar offers drinks at reasonable prices, specials and Happy Hours.

For more Info on New Year´s Eve in Berlin visit https://www.berlin.de/en/events/2947764-2842498-new-years-eve-party.en.html

New Year´s Eve in Munich

Tollwood Festival Munich

The Bavarian capital Munich, or München to the locals, is one of Germany’s busiest cities when it comes to celebrations. People are on the streets for New Year´s Eve in munich and celebrate in public with their neighbours, with large scale fireworks displays held across the city, lighting up the skyline as midnight strikes.

Munich is often reduced to the consumption of german beer and sausages, but the New Year´s Eve in Munich has more to offer. The big event in Munich over the holiday season is the famous Tollwood Winter festival on the Theresienwiese. The festival actually starts earlier in December and incorporates live entertainment including live music and circus acts before actually ending in December 31st with a last final big party and fireworks display at the  Tollwood New Years Eve Party “Silvester on the Beach”.

It is the biggest New Year’s party in Munich and boasts 5 huge areas enclosed in tents with a wide range of live bands and DJs including Independent, Rock, Alternative, Latin, Salsa, Reggae, Hiphop, Funk, Soul, Disco and boogie. Away from the Tollwood event, crowds gather at various points across the city to watch the famous midnight fireworks displays. Popular vantage points include Englischer Garten and the Bayerischer Hof while the area around the Friedensengel peace angel offers fantastic panoramic views of the city.

The Olympic Park and the city’s iconic Marienplatz also attract large numbers of visitors, with the latter in particular enjoying a thriving trade in it’s many bars and restaurants throughout the evening.

If you are searching for a good place to start and end the party, we´d recommend our wombar at wombat´s CITY Hostels Munich. With specials, cocktail and beer happy hours and reasonably priced drinks all evening long the vivid wombar might just be the place to start.

See also:

http://www.newyearsevelive.net/cities/munich.html

http://www.tollwood.de/

 

“O´zapft is!” How to Oktoberfest

What do hostel workers need most after an exhausting summer season? A sixteen-day beerfest, along with a hostel full of intoxicated guests. NOT, you would think, but we actually still enjoy this.

OK, we could do with less puke in the elevators, but there are the bizarre moments making up for the downsides. Like the guest we only saw wearing a helmet (“to avoid injuries when passing out”) or the guy wearing a zebra costume for breakfast. I asked him where he got that one from, to which he replied: “I don’t remember, I woke up in it”. Or the guy who returned at 3am with nothing but his underpants (he couldn’t tell how that happened, but we know it). We have seen it all, and whatever you do, we won’t tell your girlfriend.

Here’s how to Oktoberfest:

Avoid the weekends.

Especially Saturdays. Especially the Saturday on the second weekend, when FC Bayern has a home match. Do yourself a favour and go on a weekday. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, it’s still the biggest party on earth. It’s easier to find accommodation, you’ll have to line up less than an hour for the rollercoasters, you’ll get inside the tents without lining up for hours and a free spot at a table will be much easier to find as well.

Don’t try to reserve a table

Because they don’t accept table reservations when the tent is likely to be full anyway. You just enter the tent of your choice, scan it for empty spots and ask the other people on the table “ist hier frei?” – that’s it, and it’s also a good conversation starter.

First eat, then drink!

Oktoberfest beer is stronger than the regular stuff. It can get quite warm in the tents, so you will be thirsty and might drink more than you intended. The salt on the pretzels will do the rest. Start your day with a hearty lunch – I recommend one of the many beer halls. Augustiner Bräustuben (http://www.braeustuben.de/) serves excellent pork knuckle for just € 9,20. The alcohol will hit you in a much more enjoyable way when you have some lardy food in your stomach.

Leave your stuff at the hostel

The Oktoberfest throng is a pickpocket’s paradise. You won’t want to be paranoid all the time about the contents of your pockets. Also leave your eyeglasses at home, you know, drunk people sometimes throw around their arms in a somewhat uncontrolled manner…

First rollercoaster, then binge drinking

Have mercy with me. I don’t want the contents of your digestive system raining down on me when I queue up. Please!

Which tent?

There are 14 big ones and 20 small ones, altogether with seats for 100,000. The first one you’ll see at the main entrance is the Hippodrom, well known for its champagne bar (WTF?) and the occasional celebrity visitor. Schottenhamel is a large one (it seats 10,000) and the tent where it all starts when the mayor taps the first keg. The biggest one is Paulaner Festzelt (capacity 10,900), the best about it is the large outdoor area on its southern side, so you can enjoy the autumn sun. The locals’ favourite is still Augustiner, the only one left tapping the beer from traditional wooden kegs. The tent where the shit really hits the fan is Hofbräu – like the Hofbräuhaus beer hall it’s very popular with tourists who intend to party hard.

Mind that the waitresses will ask you to leave when you have an empty stein in front of you and refuse to replace it with a full one immediately. All the tents come with very cheesy oompah-style brass music playing traditional Bavarian songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Country Roads”. You will certainly hate it until you finished your fifth stein, then you’ll love it.

Don’t go to the wine tent

This is a BEERfest, for chrissake! Don’t be a nerd and drink wine. You just don’t!!!

Try not to pass out

The tents close just before midnight and those who can’t make it on their own legs any more will be brought to the slope under the “Bavaria” statue by the security guys – there are hundreds of “Bierleichen” lined up there every evening and the pickpockets will leave you with nothing but your underpants. You have been warned!