Szilveszter in Budapest

New Year’s Eve in Budapest

If you are celebrating New Year’s Eve in Budapest you won’t be bored. You can pick from plenty of events like concerts, upscale balls, street parties, local house parties and last but not least a party crowd in the wombat’s wombar. With its central location wombat’s CITY Hostel also gives you a variety of options from where to watch the spectacular fireworks at midnight! A variety of specials, happy hours and a DJ will keep the party going in our wombar. Hungarians are very good at partying, especially on these special occasions like the last day of the year, or Szilveszter in Hungarian.
New Year’s Eve in Budapest is something special, so you could also check out one of the three major places of outdoor festivities.
  • on Vörösmarty Square a three-day celebration awaits you on 30th-31st December and on 1st January.
    Live bands from different countries will perform.
  • Nyugati Square (M3 metro line, trams No 4, 6).
    Hungarian pop-rock bands will entertain people.
  • Oktogon (trams  No 4, 6)
    Disco ’til dawn with popular Hungarian DJs.

Some Hungarian New Year’s Tradition

Most Hungarian New Year’s traditions are related to food. Having lentil or bean dishes on New Year’s Day makes you wealthy. Eat roast pork on New Year’s Eve and you’ll be lucky throughout the year. For a hangover we eat a special soup (korhely leves) made from sour cabbage and sour cream. Washing and hanging out the washing is forbidden, because someone will die. According to common beliefs, the whole year will be like the way you behave on 1st January. You’d better be happy to drive away gloominess in the New Year!

Hostel Staff Meeting

5th International Hostel Staff Meeting

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!

free guides Budapest free walking tours Budapest

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 utca Budapest

NYE in Budapest

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!

wombat’s CITY HOSTEL Budapest

Take your virtual tour through wombat’s CITY HOSTEL Budapest here:

Summer Feeling in Budapest

Erzsébet Square

Erzsébet Square is a huge green square in the city center with fountain next to Deák tér.  It is a great park in the middle of the city, where students and young people are gathering to have a chat with friends or drink something after work, or before a night-out! You will find bars with recycled furniture, small snacks, skatebording areas, muscians and artists and a lot of young peaople hanging around. There’s also a Bar called AquaBar, it’s underneath a pool with a glass floor. So you can either sit at the pool and hold your dip your feet in the water or sit in the bar and watch the people dipping their feet 😉
From our wombat’s just follow Király u. towards Deák Ferenc Tér and turn right when you come to Karóly Krt. It’s a 5 minutes walk, literally around the corner.

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It´s only 2 minutes walk from Wombats Budapest!

 

Source: We love Budapest

A First Glance of Our New Hostel in the Centre of Budapest

As many of you already know, we open a new wombats CITY HOSTEL in Budapest in June. As the construction works are on the way, we want to reveal some first facts and pics:

The wombats CITY HOSTEL BUDAPEST will be the biggest wombats so far with 461 beds in 112 rooms with bathrooms ensuite. We think it is one of the most splendid hostels you’ll see in a long time – and one of the most affordable ones, too. Because great quality and design should not affect our well-established value for money budget prices.

The Location couldn’t be better: a very short walk from Deák Square, the city’s main transportation hub where all three metro lines stop. We’re in the middle of the bohemian 6th district, with lots of unique nightlife venues and all the sights of the Pest side of town within easy walking distance.

To get a first picture of the new wombats CITY HOSTEL Budapest, have a look at the renderings below. First real pics will follow as soon as we got the construction process done. We hope to welcome you this summer in Budapest – rooms can already be booked on the wombats Budapest website.

Lobby

Breakfast Room

Lounge Area

Bar Outside

Bar Inside

Hell yeah! wombats opens a hostel in Budapest!

© Doris Schreyvogel

Budapest is one of the most upcoming and most awesome city for travellers: So many historical sights, the beautiful Danube in the centre, a great nightlife and countless things to do. That’s why we are veeeeery proud to announce that a new Budapest hostel will open right in the centre of the city.

And it will be big time: 112 rooms with 461 beds! However, there will be loads of work until we can welcome the first guests. Right now the building is a 4 star hotel and we want to turn it into a 5 star hostel in pretty ‘wombats style’ until June 2012 (this will be the expected opening date).

The wombats founders Sascha and Marcus are happy to enter the future wombats building

And that’s the plan: Outside, we will leave the face of the building as it is (it’s beautiful). Inside, there will be grave changes, as we want to give the rooms a whole new design. And there will be all the goodies you know from our other hostels, for example a big womBar as place to meet other travellers, chill out or make some decent party.

For more information just have a look at the official website of the wombats CITY HOSTEL Budapest or our Facebook page. You can already book your bed for your stay in the Hungarian capital. We will be happy to welcome you in Budapest!