Vienna’s famous hiking trails will lead you into a world of golden light and through every shade of yellow, red and brown imaginable. All this before the path will leads you to one of the city’s beloved “Heuriger”, famous for their delicious and affordable wine offerings.

But what else can you do this October in the beautiful city in Vienna?

Sports enthusiasts can see their favorite tennis idols like Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev live in action! The internationally established indoor tournament “Erste Bank Open” (ATP 500, October 23rd to 31st) brings these top-players to Vienna Stadthalle which is just a 15 minutes subway ride away from our City Hostel Vienna “Naschmarkt”.

If the weather isn’t looking too good you can check out the renown Viennale film festival from October 21st to 31st. What can you expect? The whole deal! This is one of Europe’s top film festivals with glamorous premieres, galas, prizes and stars. The programme spans multiple genres and formats giving you the opportunity to see many films (usually in English or with English subtitles).

Black History Month 2021 in London

A very special month is awaiting all guests who stay at our City Hostel London: the “Black History Month” brings art, artists and their stories across London.

Some highlights: American playwright Aleshea Harris’ award-winning tale of revenge “Is God Is” runs at the Royal Court Theatre (until Oct. 23rd), six decades of works from British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor goes on display in a major retrospective exhibition at the Serpentine North Gallery (until Oct. 24th). Zari Gallery will show contemporary works by Black artists in their exhibition “Honour, Remember, Inspire” (until Oct. 29th).

Picture on top: Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA) © MUCA Wunderland Media

Link: full program of BHM

Munich: One Night – A Whole Lotta Shows

As you all know, the Oktoberfest has been cancelled due to Corona. Again. Maybe, this is a subtle hint for us to focus more on culture! (We can still have a drink afterwards at the womBAR in our City Hostel Munich).

Our recommendation: enjoy the “Long Night of the Museums” on October 16th (6 pm to 1 am). One ticket costs 15 € and grants admission to museums, galleries and cultural centres all over the city. There is an endless list of participating institutions – from “Amerikahaus” to “Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst”.

Free rides on public transportation and with special shuttle services is included!

Link: Lang Nacht der Münchener Museen

Budapest: High Fashion – Secondhand Outfits

Paris? New York? Milan? Budapest it is this October!

From October 11th to 17th regional designers will showcase their spring/summer 2022 collections at the “Budapest Central European Fashion Week”.

If you are more into vintage clothing, there are numerous shops waiting for you like the Ludovika VNTG Shop, the Szputnyik Shop, LoveBug Vintage, Typo Showroom and Humana Vintage Boutique. Seasonal fairs like the Vintage Outfit Market also offer plenty of fancy secondhand clothes this fall. And after an intense day on the secondhand runway, you will enjoy a well-earned drink sporting your new outfit in the city center at our Wombat’s City Hostel Budapest.

Life is back at Wombat’s and it feels good!

The late-summer travel business has regained momentum. And September has also been the month of big steps for the future of Wombat’s City Hostels.

In our homebase, the City Hostel Vienna “Naschmarkt”, we have developed and tested some new elements for an even more exciting Wombat’s experience. Let’s take a closer look:

Thank You For The Music!

What a great way to bring people together, what a great festival: Wombat’s was the proud official ho(s)tel partner of the amazing Waves Festival 2021. On September 11th, we were thrilled to use our Café area to host a live showcase of the great Slovenian band Freekind!

Co-operations with cultural events and hosting live shows in our City Hostels will play a big role in Wombat’s future. We love to connect with artists from the local and international scenes.

New Breakfast – It’s Tasty, Baby!

Once again, our guests in Vienna got to be our guinea pigs as they tested our new breakfast which offers a large variety of choices including options for our vegetarian and vegan guests. The results? They loved it! Here’s what you can expect at our new “tasty brekkie” in Vienna:

Choose your breakfast base! We offer “Classic” – with bread, ham, jam & butter or “Vegan“ -with bread, jam, hummus, margarine. Then pick any 2 extras for free – we have cheese, homemade porridge, vegetable sticks, yoghurt & granola and fresh fruit salad. Your tasty brekkie also comes with bottomless coffee or tea for only € 5.90.

What a great way to start am exciting day full of discoveries in a new city. In the upcoming months, we will be revamping Wombat’s Brekkie in our City Hostels Munich, City Hostel London and City Hostel Budapest as well. Enjoy!

Bar’s Open!

After far too long, we were also able to finally re-open our legendary womBAR in Vienna! Again, we used the time on hiatus to revise all our providers and offers. The re-opening brings great new products and services focusing on value and quality. Have a look at our new womBAR’s menu here or, if you are a fast reader in the video 👇

It feels very good to have life return into our hostels and to be able to again It feels great to have life return to our hostels and to resume our mission of bringing people together again. 😉

See you soon!

Firstly and most importantly, nobody was harmed. We want to thank the Munich fire department who did a great job in a difficult situation. Their hard work is appreciated.

So, what happened?

As you all know, we had planned to open our new Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Werksviertel at the beginning of September. However, a water pipe on the 8th floor had different plans and, on Sunday August 22nd, it burst.

It takes quite a bit of pressure to funnel water up a building, therefore, the burst lead to a significant water spill and our soon-to-be-opened seven floors were thoroughly showered.

What does this mean for you and for the opening?

We are still assessing the damage, but we are pretty sure that we won’t be able to open the hostel within the next two months. As the situation develops, we will keep you posted here and through our social media communication.

Currently, our booking desk is contacting all individual and group bookings made for our City Hostel Munich Werksviertel. If you have any questions or if you have planned a trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us at bookmunich@wombats.eu

Of course, our Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof is open and more than happy to welcome you!

As you can imagine, we are all extremely disappointed. But if you’ve been in this business since 1999, you get pretty good at dealing with a bump in the road, now and again.

After a construction delay caused by Covid, we are treating this water accident with some black humor. Considering our hostels have won multiple awards for their cleanliness, the additional washing cycle certainly wasn’t necessary.

Let’s have Marcus, Wombat’s CEO and co-founder, close this blogpost: “Especially after a hard 2020 due to Corona, we were extremely excited to open a new hostel this summer and, of course, the water accident hit us hard. But let’s look at it this way, they say ‘all good things are worth waiting for’. I guess that’s true, and therefore our City Hostel Werksviertel is destined for greatness. Our passion for this project has not been dampened and we can’t wait to welcome you to Werksviertel soon!”

A couple of days ago the graffiti and street art festival “Hands Off The Wall” left its mark in Munich Werksviertel. (BTW: We’ll also have artists decorate some parts of our new Munich City Hostel!)

So what comes next in this crazy new buzzing area after graffiti and street art? The “Trachtival”, what else..?

“Tracht” is the name of the traditional costumes. The fair around the beautiful retro-style merry-go-round (see photo on top) will run almost all August and offers a colorful mix of traditional Munich customs, local and international food as well as a series of concerts – from Blaskapelle (traditional brass band) to unplugged pop-music and back.

Talking about Munich Werksviertel: Our new City Hostel Munich Werksviertel is coming together very nicely! We’ve just set our mark on the building and are on course for an opening in the early days of September. We will keep you posted, of course! In the meantime, our City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof has its doors wide open with its perfect integration to public transportation (also to Werksviertel, of course).

wombats werksviertel logo

The “Trachtival” has a series of Covid safety measures like QR code registration, social distancing and you will have to wear a mask.

A full COVID-19 risk assessment on its event layout is something that is also promised by the…

London Craft Beer Festival

So, where safety measures, more than 100 world-class breweries from around the world and a couple of DJs meet, you can’t go wrong.

Even more so as the Festival explicitly stands for an open society like we do! From their official website: “We will not accept any form of discrimination on any grounds including, but not limited to, gender, sexuality, race, religion or belief, social class, health, age or disability.”

Props from our side!

The London Craft Beer Festival takes place 13th to 14th of August at Tobacco Dock London. This is not only a fabulous location, it’s also only a 10 minutes’ walk away from our Wombat’s Hostel London!

A fun location will also wait for you at the…

Mozisziget August Outdoor Cinema in Budapest

Sports ground by day, cinema in the evening. What is it? Meet the venue of Mozisziget, at the Margitsziget Athletics Centre! From 7-22 August, the grassy pitch of the popular sport facility will be transformed into an open-air cinema in the evenings (8 PM) – 16 days out, 16 interesting films. Bring a blanket, pillow, snacks and drinks! All screenings are free!

This is not the usual Cineplex blockbuster program. You will be able to see selected movies in 16 original languages.

While on Mozisziget on the Danube island (just 2,5 km away from our Wombat’s City Hostel Budapest) is kind of a picnic location, food is one of the main ingredients of another European film festival…

31st Film Festival at Vienna’s Rathausplatz

This festival with a long history, traditionally is also a culinary event offering delicacies from around the world.

Sausages, Kaiserschmarrn and sweet dumplings or curries, bowls and calamari, American steaks, burgers, Greek pitas and Japanese teppanyaki – you name it, the treats are all there, freshly prepared waiting for you. Of course there is also a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

And the films? From opera highlights such as La Traviata, Così fan tutte and Il Trovatore to pop greats like David Bowie, Shakira and Mariah Carey, the film festival contains both new recordings as well as several gems from the last two decades. A colourful mix of dance, jazz, world music, classical and musicals rounds out the diverse 2021 programme.

From our City Hostel Vienna Naschmarkt, the Rathausplatz is easily reached via public transportation (just ask at the reception, we’ll be happy to advise) but we would recommend a 20 minutes’ walk on the Ringstraße, the circular grand boulevard around the city center, to get there.

Enjoy your August in the city!

Experienced backpackers and city travelers know it well: after being trapped on a train or plane for many hours or after extensive sightseeing, you just need a break. A break from the city’s heat, a break from crowded places.

Here’s our favorite outdoor places to hang out this summer:

Vienna: Island in the Stream

Vienna is not exactly lying on the Danube. Instead, the city is situated next to the river. That means that if you take a stroll through the city centre, you won’t see the Danube.

The good news is that the impressive river is just one subway ride away. Our Vienna City Hostel has a subway station just next to the main entrance. So, in less than 20 minutes you can experience a totally different Vienna as you travel from the city to an island, the “Donauinsel” (Danube Island).

A 20 kilometre long, artificial island built in the 1970s and 1980s, Donauinsel was originally designed as flood protection. Today, it is a spectacular, local recreational area – with water skiing opportunities, skateparks, public barbecuing areas and beach clubs.

The “Old Danube” is a former arm of the Danube which is now a lake. It’s the ideal place to spend a day swimming and chilling alone or with friends. Rent a boat and enjoy a drink on board…

The Danube Island is also the where the yearly “Donauinselfest” is hosted. This is Europe’s biggest free festival! Talking ‘bout festivals…

Budapest: We Have an Island As Well!

Same river, same concept: there is also an island on the River Danube in Budapest! Once again, it is less than 20 minutes with public transportation away from your Wombat’s City Hostel Budapest.

In contrast to Vienna, the Danube runs right through Budapest, dividing the city into its two districts Buda and – yes, you’ve guessed it – Pest!

The island “Margit-sziget” is far smaller than Vienna’s version, yet it is just as popular with locals as a recreational area. Come here and enjoy perfect picnic spots in the shade of a tree or take a swim in one of the pools.

The island maybe best known among younger travelers for its legendary Sziget Festival (“Island of Freedom”). The next instalment is scheduled for August 2022.

While Budapest’s Sziget Festival is on hiatus…

Munich: Werksviertel Runs the Show!

As mentioned in the description of our new Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Werksviertel (opening Sept. 2nd!), there is a new, extremely exciting area emerging in a former industrial district of Munich.

The Werksviertel in the east of the city will host the festival “Freilichtbühne am Knödelplatz” from mid July until the beginning of August. It offers an open-air program of live concerts, musicals, theater and stand-up comedy. After that, the Werksviertel will be the center of the international graffiti scene as the renowned Female Graffiti and Street Art Festival ‘Hands Off The Wall’ will stop there from July 31st to August 1st.

werksviertel hands off female graffiti festival
Female Graffiti and Street Art Festival ‘Hands Off The Wall’

In cooperation with Munich Film Festival (and some other festivals of the genre), the new pop-up, open-air cinema at the HFF (University of TV & Film) will show comedy, short film, TV series and documentaries. The program runs daily until August 15th with free entry on select evenings! The best part is, the festival takes place just 20 minutes’ walking distance from Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof.

Within a comfortable walking distance from your favorite hostel you can also find…

London: Open-Air-Feeling under a Roof

Leave Wombat’s City Hostel London heading northbound, then take a left in the direction of Tower Hill, go straight onto Great Tower Street and after a 15 minutes’ walk you will see the “Walkie Talkie”. That’s what the building at 20 Fenchurch Street is called due to its characteristic shape.

This exact shape is the reason why the skyscraper was awarded the “Carbuncle Cup”, a notorious prize for ugly buildings.

Anyway, the building’s exterior is not why we recommend a visit. Inside, on the rooftop floor, you’ll find London’s highest garden as well as a spectacular view over the city. There are two major advantages of “Sky Garden”: 1. It’s not open-air only (see photo at the top), which is never a bad idea with London’s weather. 2. Admission is free, you just have to register (online at skygarden.london) for the visit.

Of course, if you desperately want to spend some money – there is always a way to do that in London. “Sky Garden” offers a lot of opportunities – Bar, Restaurant, DJ Lineup, Morning Yoga and more…

Enjoy your next trip & stay safe!

Traditionally, Pride Month is something we at Wombat’s can very much identify with. For us, one of the key qualities of our hostels is to be a welcoming home for everybody, no matter where you come from, how you look like or what your sexual identity/preference is.

The same is true for our staff, of course. Our Wombat’s family are a colorful bunch of people and have roots all over the world. All our job adverts include m/f/x.

The rainbow is not just a decoration in June, it is part of our corporate DNA.

Those of you who attended Vienna’s “Regenbogenparade” over the last couple of years may have bumped into the entire Wombat’s leading team there…

Here are the dates for all who want to party with us: Vienna Parade June, 19th; Munich Pride Week July, 3rd–11th.

By the way, we are even open for soccer fans! 😁 You can watch games at our City Hostel in Munich and our City Hostel in Budapest on the big screen, in Vienna on TV.

This is what beer aficionados’ dreams are made of: the finest draft beer available at home. This is exactly also what Wombat’s Café in our City Hostel Vienna is now offering!

Together with our beer-brewing buddies from Vienna’s prestigious Ottakringer brewery, we are bringing you delicious, select beers in sustainable packaging at an unbeatable price. This is the kind of beer you simply cannot buy in a supermarket!

Here is how it works

Get your weapon of choice – Ottakringers elegant glass bottles come in 1 or 2 liter sizes. Choose your favorite beer – we have Rotes Zwickl, Bio Zwickl, Session IPA, Braumeister Spezial. Fill it!

After you have enjoyed the awesome beer (at home with a few friends, watching soccer, maybe 😎 ) just clean the bottle and refill it at our Fassbar!

Rotes Zwickl and Bio Zwickl come at 3,50 € per liter, Session IPA and Braumeister Spezial are 5 € per liter. A “small” bottle (1 liter) costs 2,50 €, the party sized “vase” (2 liters) is 9 €.

This will be a permanent Service – proudly brought to you by Wombat’s and Ottakringer. Enjoy the finest beer from our local partner at and affordable price! A great taste with zero waste!

Cheers!

ottakringer siphonflasche 2 liter
ottakringer siphonflasche 1 liter