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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

“Vienna – Berlin the Art of two Cities”

Vienna - Berlin the Art of two Cities

copyright: Unteres Belvedere, Bildergalerie

Great Exhibition at Vienna´s Belvedere Palace

Visual Arts of Vienna and Berlin until the middle of June

Many travelers have both cities on their list and obviously Berlin and Vienna are famous for their creative atmosphere and cultural activities ever since. Never the less the outcome differs a lot. Until the middle of June you can visit a collection of historic paintings in one of Vienna´s most beautiful sights.

This rich collection of paintings takes the viewer into the period ranging from the turn of the century to the 1930s. With their gaze influenced by a multitude of clichés, the habitants of both big cities have observed each other – driven by curiosity, but also scepticism.

While Vienna was the capital of a multi-ethnic empire, Berlin was the up-and-coming metropolis of a united Germany. The old Habsburg Empire Vienna, the city of elegance opposed to Berlin, a dynamic metropolis, with a modern appearance. These are two cities that could not be more different but still had so much in common.

From Vienna Secession to Käthe Kollwitz

Following the founding of the Vienna Secession, in 1897, a similar artists’ association was established in Berlin. As different as both groups of artists were, they shared a similar international outlook in their opposition of the historicist-classicist traditions. In Berlin, this was reflected primarily in French impressionism, whereas in Vienna artists strived more for the total artwork. With his psychological portraits Oskar Kokoschka attracted the interest not just of the Viennese. Expressionism was certainly rampant in both cities.

While in Berlin artists compensated for the horrors of war with playful subversive force of Dada, in the economically weaker city of Vienna artists took up various variants of modernism.The spectrum extended from the German artist George Grosz who turned to big-city life with his critical-belligerent imagery, to Christian Schad who lived in both Vienna and Berlin and was known for his melancholy images of man, all the way to the Viennese chemist Franz Sedlacek with his magical imagery. They can all be seen in the exhibition, along with eminent works by artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann, Max Liebermann, Max Oppenheimer and Egon Schiele. The Weber series by the German socialist artist Käthe Kollwitz captures the great misery in which the poor in both Vienna and Berlin lived.



What´s around wombat´s Berlin

You´re looking for a good Bar, nice Café or facilties like a cash machine near wombat´s CITY HOSTEL BERLIN.

Just download this PDF to your device and you´re ready to explore our lovely neighborhood.

Wombats Berlin Neighborhood

Fleamarket at Mauerpark, Berlin

Flohmarkt am Mauerpark

Brace yourself for tabletops stretching all the way up one track through the Mauerpark, and back down the other. This is the king of flea markets in Berlin, where you’ll find anything from second-hand bicycles to cardboard boxes overflowing with crockery, household furniture and smart vintage shoe stalls. Follow the smell of steaming sauerkraut to the food court, where benches provide respite for weary (or hungry) hunters. Refuelled, stick around till the afternoon for the weekly public karaoke session, which booms out from the park’s amphitheatre.

Bernauer Straße 63-64, 10435 Berlin (0176 2925 0021, Mauerpark Flohmarkt).

U8 Bernauer Straße. Open 7am-5pm Sun.Source:

Source: Flea market Mauerpark

Vienna Christmas Markets

Christmas market at Vienna city hallIn Austria Christmas starts in November somehow. That´s when the first Christmas markets open. Vienna has an enormous variety of Christmas Markets to offer. Actually it seems there´s one around the corner no matter where you are and in deed you don´t have to walk far from one to another in Vienna´s city center. You can either follow the sweet fragrance of chestnut, gingerbread and punch or you ask the receptionist at your wombat´s CITY Hostel for directions and recommendations. Normally Christmas markets are more expensive and touristy, the nearer they are to Vienna´s main site, like the city hall or Schönbrunn palace. Which is not necessarily a bad thing if you visit Vienna as a tourist and carry enough cash :)  Those locations also give really nice snapshots, with the sites and monuments all up in Christmas decoration.

The slightly hidden markets, like the one Spittelberg are normally populated by locals. Especially at Museumsquartier and Altes AKH you´ll meet students and young locals. It is actually a habit among austrians to visit a Christmas market to drink some Punch or Glühwein before you go out. In some places you have many different versions of Glühwein or Punch, but the main concept is always the same: Hot alcohol (in case of Glühwein hopefully wine) and spices mixed with more spirits.  Just to give you an idea we´ll name the most important Christmas markets with directions and opening hours here:

Vienna Christmas Market

16 November – 24 December 2013
daily from 10.00 am to 9.30 pm, Fr & Sa until 10.00 pm
24 December until 5.00 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna

Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz

20 November – 26 December 2013
daily from 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
24 December, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
25-26 December, 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

22 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Fr 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Sa, Su, hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna

Christmas Village at Altes AKH

16 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Fr 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Sa, Su, hols. 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
Alserstraße/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna

Old Viennese Christmas Market

22 November – 23 December 2013
daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna

Am Hof Advent Market

15 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Th 11.00 am – 8.00 pm, Fr-Su 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna

Cultural and Christmas Market & New Year’s Market, Schönbrunn Palace

23 November – 26 December 2013
daily from 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
24 December from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, 25-26 December from 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
New Year’s Market from 27 December 2013 – 1 January 2014
daily from 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna

Advent Market on Karlsplatz

22 November – 23 December 2013
daily from 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm, food until 9.00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna

Christmas Market on Spittelberg

15 November – 23 December 2013
Mo-Th 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Fr 2.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Sa 10.00 am – 9.30 pm, Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna

Winter Market on Riesenradplatz

16 November 20136 January 2014
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm
Sa & Su 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
24 December noon – 4.00 pm, 31 December noon – 2.00 am
trade until 9.00 pm
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna

Christmas market at Stephansplatz

November 16 – December 23, 2013
Daily from 11:00 to 21:00
Stephansplatz/direction Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna

Christmas market at Naschmarkt

29 November – 24 December 2013
Daily 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, 24 December: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Schleifmühlbrücke, 1060 Vienna



Festival of Lights in Berlin


Fernsehturm on Alexanderplatz during the Festival of Lights 2012.

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 between the 9th and the 20th of October 2013.

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 and 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.


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TOUR DU MONDE -Bicycle Stories, Vienna

Cycling is big in Vienna in 2013. Vienna not only hosted this year´s Velo-City conference, but also dedicated the whole year as the Viennese Year of Bicycle.iconic bicycles

Besides various efforts to make the cyclists´ lives easier throughout the city, there´s now also an exhibition taking place in MAK.

Showing an iconic bike collection of the 20th and 21st century, the exhibition will draw visitors into a journey through the history of the bicycle.

As weather in September favors the visit of an exhibition rather than a bike tour, it´s good news that the exhibition still runs until Octobre 6th.

MAK is located in the city center, close to U-station “Stubentor” an easy aprox. 20 minute bike or underground ride from either wombat´s CITY Hostel in Vienna.


For further information check the exhibition´s site

Film Festival 2013 on Rathausplatz, Vienna

film-festival-rathausplatzVienna´s public open air  Film Festival offers classical and modern cultural highlights in front of the City Hall in Vienna until September 1st. But 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.

The program for the last week:
28.08.2013        20:30        120 min.

Hubert von Goisern
Brenna Tuats
Scurdia – United Live (LR 10931)
Interpreter: Markus Schirmer & Friends

29.08.2013       20:30        124 min.

I Masnadieri

Giuseppe Verdi, Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Antonio Vivaldi, La Stravaganza (CCS 19598, CD 2)
Interpreter: Rachel Podger, Arte dei Suonatori

30.08.2013        20:30       105 min.

Max und Moritz
with guests of the Wiener Volksoper
Gioacchino Rossini, Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz
Gioacchino Rossini, Gymnastique d’Ecartement – Vol. 5 (CCS 20504)
Interpreter: Paolo Giacometti

31.08.2013         18:00

Summerbreak Streetfestival

01.09.2013          12:00        120 min.

Jazz Frühschoppen

01.09.2013          20:30         125 min.

with guests of the Wiener Staatsoper
Giacomo Puccini, Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Bella Ciao – Chansons du peuple en Italie (HMA 195734)



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