November, 20th, is World Children’s Day!

This special day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated to promote international togetherness and to raise awareness of, and improve children’s welfare worldwide.

November 20th is significant because on this date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We at Wombat’s want to celebrate World Children’s Day with you – and with a very important organisation that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary this year: the “Kindernothilfe Österreich”.

This Austrian non-profit association that was founded in 1996 with the aim of giving as many children as possible in the poorest regions of the world a better life. For 25 years now, they have been operating in more than 30 countries implementing projects for sustainable development, providing humanitarian aid and working towards the elimination of poverty.

Wombat’s City Hostels is a proud long-time partner and supporter of “Kinderhilfe Österreich”. Marcus and Sascha, Wombat’s bosses: “We don’t just talk about social responsibility, we want to live it. We want to accompany children in the long term in order to bring about sustainable change.”

Wombat’s founders Marcus & Sascha

Thanks, Kindernothilfe for this nice blog-entry! And if you want to support them – please click here!

Our Team of Wombat’s City Hostel Munich “Hauptbahnhof”
Heart for kids (and dogs): our team of City Hostel Budapest
We are family: Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna
“We want to live social responsibility”: Wombat’s head office team

Though some prefer to hibernate over winter and wait for warmer weather, we think it’s the perfect time to explore new cities, or perhaps return to an old favorite. Do you love the Christmas season as much as we do? Here’s a few of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful city of Budapest this winter!

Thermal Baths

Stay warm by relaxing in one of Budapest’s many thermal baths. The most famous is Széchenyi in City Park, with 21 indoor and outdoor pools (yes, the majority are heated!) and gorgeous architecture. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try Rudas Baths on the Buda side of the city and unwind in the rooftop hot tub with a view of the Danube river. Can’t get enough of the thermal baths? Return to Széchenyi on Saturday night for Sparty, the only thermal bath party in Europe, featuring electronic dance music.

Rooftop Bar

If you can’t get enough of those rooftop vibes, grab some drinks at 360 Bar. In the winter, heated igloos are installed, ensuring you won’t freeze while you enjoy cocktails and nibbles with a spectacular view. Don’t forget to book your igloo in advance, as space fills up fast!

Christmas Markets

The Budapest Christmas markets are not to be missed, boasting traditional Hungarian food and mulled wine amid handmade crafts and unique gifts sold in sweet wooden huts. The two most famous markets are at Vörösmarty square and St. Stephen’s Basilica, the latter of which was voted “The Most Beautiful Christmas Market In Europe” in 2020 and puts on a surreal 3D light show every evening after sunset.

Ice Skating & Sledding

Feeling sporty? Check out the large ice skating rink at City Park, or take the festively decorated Children’s Railway (Tram 7) and head to the Buda hills of Normafa for some sledding. 

Ballet & Concerts

The Nutcracker fairy-tale ballet is a winter classic, and Budapest’s rendition is not only spectacular, but a good deal cheaper than you’ll find in most other popular tourist destinations. If ballet isn’t your thing, you can check out St. Stephen’s Basilica or Matthias Church for Advent concerts. Alternatively, try to snag tickets for the Christmas Oratorio. This six part series from Bach is played only once per year in December at Müpa Budapest.

As you can see, the Christmas season in Budapest is full of activities you’ll never get to experience if you don’t take advantage of cheap winter flights or allow yourself to be seduced by the stunning Christmas markets and delicious mulled wine. Don’t be put off by the weather, come and experience this magical time in Budapest for yourself!

About the Author:

Olivia Fuller is an American expat, currently residing in Budapest and working as the marketing manager for Ultimate Budapest. She loves sharing travel tips and advice from her travels through 50+ countries. Head to the Ultimate Budapest website for more Budapest recommendations and weekly events in the city.


Photo on top: Alisa Anton / Unsplash

UNLOCKING BUDAPEST!

 To celebrate our reopening we have prepared a GOOD VIBE SPECIAL, specially tailored for you and for these special times.

👉  Our GOOD VIBE SPECIAL is valid from now on and extends to every new booking until the end of the year!

EVEN MORE FLEXIBLE BOOKING

  • FLEX NON REFUNDABLE RATE: Even bookings with our lowest fares can now be rescheduled!
  • FULLY FLEX: Cancellation possible until 24 hours before your stay!

PHYSICAL DISTANCE – SOCIAL CONNECTION

  • Of course, All HYGIENE RULES are strictly observed
  • Everyone gets their OWN BUNK BED – our dormitories are only half occupied
  • Double private rooms available
  • People who travel together will be accommodated in one dorm
  • À LA CARTE BREAKFAST with advance booking ensures a safe, clean breakfast experience
  • Our WOMBAR is adapted with distance markers – for safer fun and encounters

SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL TIMES

  • Free walking tour / thematic walking tours
  • Bike rental
  • Bike tours to Szentendre
  • Yoga classes
  • Movie night
  • Pub quiz

WOMBAT’S STANDARDS #businessunusual

  • Cleanliness, safety, cool staff & cool vibes – all reasons why we have been voted “Best Hostel Chain” 6 times, by more than 900,000 travellers worldwide
  • Easy arrival by metro – all lines stop at the nearby Deák Ferenc Tér Station

Thank you for your support and your nice messages during the lockdown!
We are very much looking forward to seeing YOU again soon. Stay safe – Üdv újra! 💛

The #WombatsTraveller challenge for upcoming influencers

Here’s how it works

Three talented content creators are taking the #wombatsTraveller challenge and join experienced travel influencers from iAmbassador for a 4-day trip to two wombat’s destinations (Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, London and Munich) in June. Together, they will create content and share their travel experiences via their blogs and social media. The experienced bloggers will be there to mentor and provide tips on content creation, building an audience and social media marketing.

Based on their performance, a jury will then decide who will be the #wombatstraveller in 2019. The main factors which the jury will focus on include the style/quality of the content, diversity of media used and level of engagement.

Here are the teams, that are competing in the challenge:

Follow their trips on the Hashtag #wombatstraveller on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

Why do we do this?

By travellers for travellers is the credo of wombat’s hostels. Everyone at wombat’s shares the passion for travel. The same passion that is required to make traveling your profession and become an influencer.
We’re celebrating our 20th birthday with the grand opening of wombat’s VENICE Mestre next year. Therefore we’ll have special events in Berlin, Budapest, London, Munich and Vienna throughout our anniversary.
To honor this anniversary we decided to run a special challenge: the #wombatsTraveller 2019!

We give one young travel blogger chance to take your blog and/or social media presence to the next level on the basis of a paid internship as a brand ambassador for wombat’s between April and September 2019.

We love working with influencers and over the years we have learned a lot about the efforts and skills that stand behind a successful influencer.
We are extremely happy to partner up with iAmbassador for this project. It’s great to have them on board and rely on the expertise of a huge travel blogger network and many years of experience in the field.

Isn’t it great to work at a hostel? All the crazy shit you experience and the funny stories, but yet again there’s so much stuff you can’t share with people outside the hostel bubble.

Good news! wombat’s brings the bubble together for the 5th International Hostel Staff Meeting.

If you can make it for the 25th until 27th November.

wombat’s Budapest will be hosting this event and supplies a limited number of free beds available only for hostel staff.

If you work at a hostel or run one yourself, feel free to send an e-mail from your hostel account over to events[at]wombats.eu and we’ll do our best to squeeze you in.
It is going to be a beautiful opportunity to network and share the stories and experiences of hostelling.

Obviously this will turn into a crazy party weekend at some point, but we’ll try to let it appear as professional as possible.

Our lovely staff at wombat’s Budapest already arranged a walking tour, a Hungarian cooking session, a pub crawl and some other specials.

You’re definitely going to enjoy Budapest to the fullest, join us!

Check out the Facebook event!

Welcome,

have a great time in Budapest and stay at wombat´s CITY Hostel!

Our reception staff member prepared some interesting guides for you, check it out!

24 hour guide Budapest

72 hour guide Budapest

We also offer free walking tours, more information at the reception.

your womcrew Budapest

womTip

 

Kiraly Street is the place to be in Budapest! All the restaurants and ruin pubs are a couple minutes walk from wombat’s in Budapest, making this location absolutely ideal. As I walked into the lobby, I saw a diverse group of backpackers playing pool and a few sitting at tables looking at maps, no doubt deciding where to go next. What a cool traveler community this is!

I got to Budapest by train, so ended up taking a metro line to Kiraly street where I then walked to wombat’s. Travel time from the train station was approximately 10 minutes, and I had no problem finding it based on website directions. Just don’t forget to exchange your money as Hungary’s currency is the Forint, not the Euro.

At the reception, wombat’s also suggests a few free walking tours, which are a great way to see the city. I walked 90% of the time, even though it was winter, to get where I was going. I would suggest taking a few hours to go through The House of Terror, a museum that details both the Nazi and Communist eras in Hungary. The building itself was the headquarters of several of these groups and it held many political prisoners. Very intense, but interactive, educational, and worth seeing.

In Budapest there are events called Sparties, or “Spa Parties” at the thermal baths. It is basically a thermal bath turned into a nightclub, complete with drinks, mist, lights, and music. Even though clubs aren’t typically my scene, I had to do it for the experience. I bought a ticket for the New Year’s Eve Sparty and it was definitely fun and different, and something I haven’t seen anywhere else in the world! Being winter, it was cold getting out of the pool, but I would imagine in the summer it is just perfect.

Lastly, other than all the obvious historical sights, I highly suggest going to a few ruin pubs. My favorite was Szimpla Kert, a popular ruin pub about 5 minutes walk from wombat’s. It has an outdoor area for hookah, and several rooms full of random decorations. Don’t worry if there is a long line, it moves extremely fast!

My experience at wombat’s in Budapest was awesome and I can’t wait to go back! Budapest is definitely one of those cities that has fascinating historical sights mixed with fantastic food and nightlife. I will definitely be back!