The Berlin Story
Converted bicycles, pallet furniture and hand-knitted poodle hats. In Berlin, Do-It-Yourself culture is taken very seriously. Everywhere you look, you’ll see how creative minds can make something out of nothing with crafting skills, good ideas and a little colour. It’s teeming with shops, cafés and bars whose furnishings are made from recycled materials and furniture.
There are plenty of creative minds bustling around wombat’s Berlin. This creative drive has not overlooked our Berlin wombat’s. A few years ago, our staff undertook a general overhaul of the furnishings on the roof terrace. An old bench and table from the courtyard was turned into a comfortable chaise longue, and with a little paint became a real eye-catcher, with the whole thing complemented by new plants.
In the courtyard itself a small herb garden was planted and is now cared for by one of the receptionists, and can be conveniently reached from the guest kitchen. But it’s not just our staff who have participated. Juan Solaegui, a former guest and artist, decorated the laundry room, entrance lobby and stairwells with his “Mean Wombats” series of images.
Even though Do-It-Yourself tends to be associated with pallet furniture and urban guerilla gardens, it is only fitting that our wombat’s CITY HOSTEL in Berlin is the only building we could really construct ourselves from the ground up.
Marcus Praschinger (co-founder of the hostel chain and in charge of works at the Berlin location) proudly recounts the planning, the works, the exciting time back then on the building site, and the opening. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the project, and it really paid off.
Since the opening in 2008, thousands of backpackers and city travellers have made their way through the house. The building is tailored specifically to their needs. The centrepiece is the roof terrace with adjoining bar. The view is amazing. Starting from the Fernsehturm in Alexanderplatz right across to the Bundestag, you can see and photograph everything. Ideal for young travellers to relax and take selfies