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Thank you for all the years. A decade-plus is an incredible age for a website. But the time has come for a thorough relaunch (see sneak preview above).

Bid farewell to the dancer with shades on our homepage…

… and say “Hello!” to… our new website, which will be going live soon! Stay tuned!

The URL remains the same, of course. See you around!

We couldn’t be happier and more proud about our new beers that we exclusively host:

There’s the fantastic Path of the Wombat – hosted by Wombat’s: This juicy and zesty pale ale is brewed exclusively for Wombat’s by Bevog brewery. With a heavy Australian influence, the choice of hops for this smasher of a beer was obvious: Galaxy all the way!

Bevog has created for us a very drinkable and crushable beer, with clean citrus, peach and passionfruit aromas – always a perfect travel companion, no matter which Wombat’s house you enjoy it at! It is brewed in small batches, so it will always be as fresh as can be!

We hoppily serve it from tap and in 0,33l cans in Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna, City Hostels Munich, and soon in our City Hostel Budapest.

Forest Road in London

In our Wombat’s City Hostel London, we exclusively have from tap and cans the fantastic LEWI hosted by Wombat’s, brewed by Forest Road: Single-hopped with the Australian variant Galaxy – which has one of the highest percentages of aroma oils of any hop-variety available. This translates to the soft tropical flavours and moderate bitterness that make LEWI Pacific Ale instantly recognisable.

With a grist of 100% Super Pale malt, a delicate grassy-cereal flavour is also perceptible which provides a fresh, light base upon which the hops can  really shine. The beer is barely-blonde in colour, and luminously bright.

BTW, besides great beers, Forest Road also produces great videos. Enjoy!

… to embark on a festive journey through some enchanting Christmas markets. For the intrepid traveller and backpacker, these iconic European destinations offer a kaleidoscope of traditions, flavours, and cheer, creating memories to last.

London: A Winter Wonderland Extravaganza

1. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland:

As the temperatures drop, Hyde Park undergoes a magical transformation into the renowned Winter Wonderland. A sprawling market awaits, adorned with twinkling lights and the scent of mulled wine. Wander through the rows of stalls offering artisanal crafts, from handmade ornaments to bespoke gifts. Indulge in traditional British treats like mince pies and roasted chestnuts, all while enjoying the lively atmosphere of one of London’s most festive gatherings.

From Wombat’s City Hostel London, take Circle or District Line, then Central line. 33 min journey in total. 

2. Southbank Centre Winter Market:

Nestled along the Thames, the Southbank Centre Winter Market provides a picturesque setting for holiday shopping. With a focus on handmade and ethically sourced goods, this market offers a unique selection of gifts. From jewellery crafted by local artisans to gourmet delights, you’ll find treasures that reflect the creative spirit of London. After shopping, take a stroll along the riverbank and enjoy panoramic views of the city’s iconic landmarks.

From our City Hostel London, take Circle or District Line, exit at Embankment Tube Station and cross River Thames on Hungerford Bridge.

3. Covent Garden Christmas Market:

The historic Covent Garden transforms into a festive haven during the holiday season. Explore the cobbled streets lined with charming stalls, each offering a variety of gifts, decorations, and seasonal treats. The market’s iconic Christmas tree, adorned with sparkling lights, creates a captivating backdrop as street performers entertain visitors. Covent Garden’s Christmas Market is a delightful fusion of tradition and contemporary flair.

From Wombat’s City Hostel London, take line 15 plus short stroll.

Vienna: Elegance and Tradition in Every Corner

1. Rathausplatz Christmas Market:

Vienna, with its imperial grandeur, hosts the Rathausplatz Christmas Market, a true spectacle in the heart of the city. Set against the backdrop of the stunning City Hall, this market exudes charm and sophistication. Admire the craftsmanship of local artisans as you peruse handmade ornaments and intricate gifts. Indulge in Austrian pastries, savor a cup of fragrant spiced punch, and relish the enchanting atmosphere of this fairytale setting.

It’s just a short stroll and tram journey along the spectacular Ringstraße from Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna to Rathausplatz.

2. Art Advent at Karlsplatz:

It’s not just the impressive backdrop of St. Charles Church that makes this Christmas market so special. For 30 years now, the organizers have been focusing on the highest regional quality in all areas. High-quality, homemade handicrafts and, without exception, organic food await visitors at the stalls. Around the hustle and bustle of the stands, there is an extensive supporting program with music acts, workshops and farm animals for children of all ages.

Bingo! This magical market is just a beautiful 10-minute walk from our City Hostel Vienna.

3. Schönbrunn Palace Market:

Experience the charm of the season at the Schönbrunn Palace Market, located in the imperial gardens of this historic palace. This market captures the essence of a bygone era, with nostalgic rides for children and a vast array of traditional Austrian delicacies. Immerse yourself in the music and dance performances that add to the festive ambiance. The Schönbrunn Palace Market offers a royal twist to the Viennese Christmas market experience.

The subway line U4 is a direct and fast connection from our City Hostel to Schönbrunn.

Munich: Bavarian Traditions and Cozy Delights

1. Marienplatz Christkindlmarkt:

Munich’s Marienplatz hosts the city’s oldest and most famous Christmas market, the Christkindlmarkt. Nestled in the heart of the city, this market features over 160 stalls adorned with festive decorations. Indulge in Bavarian specialties such as pretzels, sausages, and roasted chestnuts. The scent of glühwein fills the air as visitors enjoy the festive ambiance created by the giant Christmas tree and the enchanting carousel.

From Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hautpbahnhof, you take almost anything that is on rails and starts with an “S”. Then just get out at Marienplatz: S2, S3, S6, S7.

2. WinterWunderWERK:

Guests of our City Hostel Munich Werksviertel just need to step out the door to find themselves in the midst of WinterWunderWERK, a dazzling festival offering curling at the Container Collective, ice skating at Knödelplatz and an enchanting delicacy market with food trucks. The beloved Wally-Bar returns, ensuring a delightful experience with hot and cold beverages. Join the festive spirit and be part of the magic!

3. Tollwood Winter Festival:

Munich’s Tollwood Winter Festival combines a Christmas market with a celebration of arts, culture, and sustainability. Set against the backdrop of the Theresienwiese, this market features organic and fair-trade products alongside eclectic performances. The diverse array of international cuisine adds a culinary adventure to the festive experience. Explore the market’s commitment to environmental consciousness while enjoying the vibrant spirit of the season.

It’s less than 15 mins away from City Hostel Hauptbahnhof (with U4 or U5) and about 20 mins from City Hostel Werksviertel (with U5). 

Budapest: Eastern European Charms and Culinary Delights

1. Budapest Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square:

The Budapest Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square is a visual feast, offering a blend of traditional and modern Hungarian crafts. Stroll through the market to discover handmade gifts, ornaments, and intricate lacework. The aroma of chimney cake (kürtőskalács) fills the air, enticing visitors to indulge in this Hungarian holiday delicacy. Enjoy live folk music and immerse yourself in the rich cultural traditions of Budapest.

2. Basilica Christmas Market:

The Basilica Christmas Market, set against the backdrop of St. Stephen’s Basilica, creates a stunning festive panorama, as the entire area is illuminated with lights. This market showcases the talents of local craftsmen and artists, offering a diverse range of handmade products. Admire the impressive light display on the Basilica and take a moment to ice skate on the adjacent rink. With a focus on quality and authenticity, the Basilica Christmas Market captures the essence of Hungarian holiday traditions.

And the best part: both events are just a 10-minute stroll from our City Hostel Budapest and some 600 meters apart. So you can visit them both easily on the same day.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Lukas Stölner, Managing Director at Kaffee Campus Krems is who we have to thank for our fantastic Wombat’s Roast.

Always striving for excellence, Lukas has just been crowned the top roaster at the Vienna Coffee Festival. With that, he qualifies for the World Championships which take place in Taiwan next month.

lukas stoelner roast champ

Congratulations to Lukas! We couldn’t be prouder and we’re crossing our fingers for further success!

Wombat’s Café in Budapest Recently Opened

Speaking of our wonderful Wombat’s Roast (the Roast of Champions), now it’s also available in the newly opened Wombat’s Café Budapest. (See photo above.)

Soak up the beautiful ambience of the “Ballroom” and enjoy your favourite style of coffee daily, from 08:00-16:00 – only at Wombat’s City Hostel Budapest.

Coffee Week UK 16 – 22 October 2023

UK Coffee Week is the nation’s biggest celebration of coffee, raising funds for Project Waterfall and changing lives in coffee growing communities by providing access to clean water.

Hundreds of coffee shops, restaurants, roasters and retailers take part every year by donating from every cup or bag of coffee sold, running events and competitions, and engaging their customers in this exciting and valuable campaign.

100% of funds raised during UK Coffee Week go to Project Waterfall, an initiative established to bring clean drinking water, sanitation & education to coffee growing communities.

Wombat’s Café in City Hostel London is proud to be a part of this initiative. So, drop by and treat yourself to a coffee – all for a good cause!

PROSTed! It’s A Wrap!

Oktoberfest 2023 has come and gone. In our City Hostels Munich Hauptbahnhof and Werksviertel, the decorations are down and our staff can finally sleep again.

RTL+ created a documentary exploring what Oktoberfest means for tourism and city management in Munich. The Oktoberfest Makers – Between Tradition and Pure Fun, is a worthwhile watch that also gives a behind the scenes look at Wombat’s during this fascinating celebration!

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As the warmth of summer lingers and the vibrant energy of the city reaches its peak, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in the eclectic urban festival scenes. From lively street parades to musical extravaganzas, we present an array of late summer festivals that are not only entertaining but also easy on the wallet.

LONDON

Notting Hill Carnival (27-28 August 2023)

Get ready to embrace the infectious rhythm of the Caribbean at the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival. Held annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, this vibrant celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of London’s Caribbean community through dazzling costumes, pulsating music, and mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine.

Camden Fringe Festival (31 July – 27 August 2023):

For the theater and comedy lovers, the Camden Fringe Festival is a must-visit event. Showcasing emerging talent and established performers, this vibrant festival hosts a diverse range of performances across multiple venues throughout August. With shows ranging from drama to stand-up comedy, there’s something to suit every taste.

Totally Thames Festival (1-30 September 2023)

Set against the stunning backdrop of the River Thames, Totally Thames is a month-long festival held in September. Explore a wide range of activities, from riverside art installations to guided river walks, showcasing the cultural and historical significance of the River Thames.

Open House London (6-17 September 2023)

Architecture enthusiasts rejoice during Open House London, a festival that grants access to hundreds of (usually restricted) buildings and landmarks across the city. Stroll through awe-inspiring structures, discover hidden gems, and learn about the city’s architectural heritage during this captivating weekend event in September.

Check out our Wombat’s City Hostel London.

MUNICH

Hands Off The Wall Festival (28-30 July 2023)

The world’s leading female graffiti artists arrive at Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Werksviertel to leave their mark on the area. With over 300 applications, the festival management has selected 33 artists from Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Africa and New Zealand. During the festival, they will transform Werksviertel and add their artworks to 25 different walls.

Theatron Musiksommer (27 July – 20 August 2023)

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Olympiapark, Theatron Musiksommer is a music festival that showcases a diverse range of genres, from rock and pop to jazz and reggae. With live performances by local and international artists, this open-air festival creates a vibrant atmosphere where music lovers can come together and celebrate in late August.

Corso Leopold (9-10 September 2023)

Corso Leopold is a neighborhood festival held in the vibrant Schwabing district. Celebrating local art, culture, and culinary delights, this lively event offers a diverse program of live music, street performances, art exhibitions, and food stalls. Experience the vibrant and bohemian atmosphere of Schwabing in early September as you immerse yourself in this charming festival.

See our two Wombat’s City Hostels in Munich.

BUDAPEST

Sziget Festival (10-15 August 2023)

Considered one of Europe’s largest music festivals, Sziget Festival offers an unforgettable experience in August. Located on the Óbuda Island, this week-long event attracts renowned international artists, hosting a diverse range of music genres. Explore multiple stages, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, and participate in various activities, including art installations and workshops. Headlining this year are Billie Eilish and David Guetta!

St. Stephen’s Day in Budapest (18-20 August 2023)

The foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago is celebrated with countless events. Festivities kick off with the spectacular fireworks on Friday – they can even be viewed from the Danube if you book a firework cruise. For all three days the Danube Bank in Buda (in front of the Várkert Bazár/Castle Bazaar) will be home to a Gastro Promenade. There will be live concerts on the green hills behind Buda Castle, in the park on Erzsébet Square and at the Jozsef Gruber Reservoir. The Fashion & Design Festival will also take place in the Whale building on the Danube bank in Pest.

Budapest Wine Festival (7-10 September 2023)

Raise your glass and savour the flavours of Hungary’s renowned wines at the Budapest Wine Festival. Held in early September, this annual event takes place in the picturesque Buda Castle. Sample an impressive selection of wines from various regions, learn about winemaking traditions, and enjoy live music performances in a breathtaking setting.

Choose as your home base our City Hostel Budapest!

VIENNA

Film Festival at Rathausplatz (1 July –  3 September 2023)

Experience the magic of open-air cinema at the Film Festival at Rathausplatz, which runs throughout the summer. Set against the backdrop of Vienna’s City Hall, this festival screens a wide range of international films, from timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces. You won’t be limited to popcorn – the Filmfestival is famous for its rich culinary offerings. This year, 26 experienced restaurateurs invite you on a culinary journey around the globe via the Rathausplatz!

Popfest (28-31 July 2023)

Beautiful scenery, extraordinary acts (over 50!) and endless bangers on the “Lake Stage” in front of the Karlskirche – all with free admission. The venue is less than 15 minutes’ walk from Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna!

Impulsanz Wien (6 July – 6 August 2023)

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival was established in 1984 and has grown to become the biggest festival for modern dance and performance worldwide. Every summer, it offers a vastly varied schedule of performances, workshops, research initiatives, and musical acts (including free workshops and free events!).

LIVE AT WOMBAT’S

Last but not least, there is a music festival all year round at each Wombat’s hostel! Head to wombeats.com to check out the continuously updated concert program. The best part – entry is free!

If you’ve ever stayed at Wombat’s, then you know our signature interior design. With keen attention to detail and a carefully balanced mix of eclectic styles, we create relaxing, homely surroundings. If you want to chill with us, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so — exploring new cities is exhausting enough… ;-)

Our City Hostel Budapest is currently being revamped. The new, welcoming lobby is spacious with beautiful lighting and plentiful greenery. We are very proud of it and we’re just getting started: next, we’re renovating our bar. Yet again, Budapest raises the standard for design.

In Munich, May will see the Lange Nacht der Musik (Long Night of Music) take place, with gigs, performances and parties all over the city. Through our music initiative womBEATS, we are partnering with the mega-event for the first time and you’re invited to the singer-songwriter festival at the City Hostel Munich Werksviertel. On May 6th from 20:00, an international line-up of live music will take place at the womBAR. Acts include Alex Cumfe (Her Tree), Shane Ó Fearghail, Rebecca McRedmond, Marcus Bruns, Nana Forest and Chris Pookah.

There’s also exciting news from Vienna — the venerable TIME Magazine has included this city among the “World’s Greatest Places”, their list of the 50 most attractive travel destinations in the world. In the jury’s decision to include Vienna, the city’s sustainable living was strongly emphasised (TIME does not mention whether Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna contributed to this through its cooperation with local suppliers and numerous sustainable practices ;-) ).

Just another reason to visit Vienna! Especially now that the grey weather is finally saying goodbye.

Lastly, we have London. Our cultural export from Vienna, Wombat’s Café, has been open for a month in our City Hostel London. We are delighted with the great reception that we’ve been getting from guests and locals. Thank you all!

On that note, grab yourself a cup of coffee (our very own Wombat’s roast!) and enjoy the unique atmosphere at our City Hostel!