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Our womBaby in London

In December 2014 our fresh little womBaby peeled out of it’s egg. Although it’s neither little with over 500 beds, nor do marsupials or buildings peal themselves out of eggs… Anyways the important thing is: It’s in London!
Finally wombat’s made it to one of the top 5 landing destinations for Europe visiters and what a great destination it is. London is a buzzing capital and runs at it’s own speed. The new wombat’s CITY HOSTEL London is located near the Tower of London in East London.
The area is full of things young London visitors need. The markets, bars and restaurants of Bricklane are just a few minute’s walk away and so are the bars at St. Katherine’s Docks. Also Shoreditch, London’s hippest area in terms of night life and vintage design shopping is just 20 minutes up the road.
The building itself used to be a hostel for sailors since the early 1860’s and was actually opened by the Prince of Wales Albert Edward. A plague in the terrace entrance still reminds us of that historic moment.
The whole building refurbished and with all the know-how of wombat’s founders Marcus and Sascha brought in, the house is now probably the best youth hostel and place to stay for young travelers in the UK’s capital.
Have a look at our fresh wombat’s in London:

wombat´s CITY HOSTEL London

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


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:

Carnival in wombats!

Every year a blast! Carnival is one of the funniest times for us in “everyday hostel life”. Good mood, nice people, great parties and lots of fun – we love it as much as our guests love it!

Here’s a small selection of pics from our carnival parties, themed as „Sexy Nurse“ and „Toga-Party“. But beware: The people on the pictures are experienced carnival professionals – don’t try this at home. Anyway, we would love to see you at our carnival parties next year!

Find more pics on our wombats Facebook Fanpage!

Free Tour in Munich – discover the city and have fun!

Free sightseeing tour Wombats Hostel Munich

If you are searching for the best way to discover Munich… wombats has it for you! These are the hard facts of my personal recommendations for all Munich travellers:

  • A great tour through all the important sights!
  • It´s free – you just tip the tour guide!
  • The tour guide is legendary!
  • You meet lots of nice people!

The tour starts at our wombats CITY HOSTEL Munich and takes you along more than 15 of the best sights. Such as the Frauenkirche, the English Garden, The Marienplatz, The National Theatre or even the famous city surf wave. Not to mention the Beer Gardens, but that’s another story :)

free sightseeing tour Munich ozzie

Tourguide Ozzie (left)

You do not pay a regular fee for the tour. You just tip the tour guide Ozzie afterwards as much as you want to spend for the quality you got. And you get a big pile of quality, as he is the most legendary tour guide in Munich: Born on the Bahamas, a Singer and Songwriter, an enthusiastic Munich expert, funny guy and really “Bavarian” (or as Bavarian you can image a guy from the Bahamas :)) He tells you all the interesting and funny background stories; he knows more than 850 years of Bavarian history, stories of the Oktoberfest, myths and legends of the city and stuff like that.

free sightseeing tour Munich So the tour ends up being more than just a dull sightseeing tour – it’s funny, diversified and full of insights. And you meet lots of nice travellers from other countries, which makes a good crew to further explore the city, it’s beer gardens or the nightlife.

For further information just contact the reception staff at our wombats CITY HOSTEL Munich!

I wish you a great time in Munich! Have fun!

Yours, Doris

wombats and the kids – happy Birthday to the “Kindernothilfe”!

The Austrian aid organisation „Kindernothilfe“ helps children in economically weaker regions of the world to grow up in dignity and with basic needs and education. Recently the organisation celebrated its 15th anniversary.


As wombats, for some years now, is supporting projects of the “Kindernothilfe” around the world, we think this anniversary is a good opportunity to present the organisation to our womBlog readers. Therefore we asked the “Kindernothilfe” secretary Luzia Widibal for an interview. She told us about the cooperation with wombats, about travelling as a luxury good and what travellers can do to support the people in indigent regions.

Hi Luzia! Since when are you cooperating with the wombats City Hostels?

Hi. It was in 2008, when Doris from the wombats contacted me and asked for cooperation. The idea was that every hostel sponsors one of our projects to achieve an enduring support. The wombats projects are situated in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe, mostly helping orphans and kids in situations of grave poverty.

How do your projects help children fulfilling their basic needs?

Firstly our projects have two focuses: Securing nutrition and medical aid on the one hand and education on the other hand. Beyond that we plan to improve regional structures and the incomes of the families. This causes permanent improvements for the whole life of the growing child.

Travelling is something that we, central Europeans, take for granted, something that many of us do from our childhood on. But isn’t it more like a privilege or a luxury good? Something that’s not available to all children around the world?

Indeed. Children in poverty have totally different needs. They strive for regular nutrition or medical aid, for them it is a privilege to attend a school. Travelling is something that comes rather on the top of the “pyramid of needs”.

Tourists often spend their holidays in poor regions of the world, but without getting in contact to the local people and their poverty. What can a traveller do to support the local people and communities?

luzia wibiral kindernothilfe

Foto ©Doris Kucera

It depends on what kind of trip and aid you choose. Basically it is always good to travel off the beaten track and avoid “classic” touristy places. This way you visit more indigenous places and support the local communities through your travel expenses.

Another important point is to show responsibility and respect to the people, the culture and the environment of the country you are visiting. Beyond that you can help by supporting aid organisations that are working in the country you travel, for instance by taking child sponsorship.

Is it also possible to support projects personally? Can travellers work in projects of the “Kindernothilfe”?

Sure it would be possible, but it’s probably not reasonable. The “Kindernothilfe” always aims to work with local partner-organisations and employees. This proved to be the best way to improve the local communities in the long run. Therefore, a short-term collaboration of a traveller would just take away tasks from the natives. But it’s always possible to visit projects; we also like to help travellers to find projects along their travel route!

Everyone in Europe is currently talking about the economic crisis. How does the crisis affect the willingness of people and corporations, to support aid organisations or donate to charity projects?

In times like these you see who is serious about supporting the poor. The “Kindernothilfe” has the advantage that many of are projects are based on permanent child sponsorships. These donators have a special relationship to the kids and know much about their life conditions. Therefore they know how hard the crises affects people in economically weaker regions and are willing to support them.

That’s why I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters!

Christmas at wombats – singin’ along!

It’s Christmas time and that means it’s time for Christmas songs! But instead of playing the same Xmas playlists every year, we just love to get into Christmas moos by singing with our Wombats guests.

Our “womReporter” Malole catched some of our international guests in Vienna ‘performing’ their favourite Christmas carols and it was such a great fun! See some video highlights, from Swiss Last Christmas to Jingle Bells in Chinese and Portuguese. Or other great carols from Mexico, Turkey, Hungary and so on – enjoy the show:

So now it’s time for some great Xmas holidays. Merry Christmas to all of you wombats people out there, either travelling or at home with your families and friends. Enjoy the holidays and have a Happy New Year! You rock! See you in one of our Hostels next year!

It’s on!!! Curtains up for the wombat’s Blog!

Hello friends, hello to all the wombats people, guests, backpackers and travellers out there!

Remember, remember the 15th of December… It’s a great day because we just launched our brand new wombat’s Blog. “wombat’s what?” some of you might ask now…

…the wombat’s Blog (the womBlog), our new online magazine (hint: you’re reading it right now :)).

It will keep you up to date about the latest news and funny stories out of the wombats world… And insights into the hostel life and our staff’s daily work… pics from parties in our womBars… experiences of our guests… sightseeing recommendations and insider tips from our employees to guide you through the wombats cities… And much, much, muuuuuch more!

The articles in the wombat’s Blog are written from the wombats people working in the hostels and the management. But that’s just the start! We invite all friends and guests to contribute to our womBlog, to share your wombats experience or your travel pictures with our readers. Or use the comment function to give us feedback or ideas for new stories. We are looking forward to your participation!

With this in mind, we wish you happy reading and just say: