… London                           

If you’re into kitsch (who isn’t at Christmas time?), then London is the place for you. The Christmas by the River market offers punch, culinary delights, cute wooden huts and handcrafted gifts set against the spectacular backdrop of Tower Bridge. Once again, you’ll find it less than a mile from Wombat’s City Hostel London. You can walk directly over Tower Bridge and take in some sights along the way.

More Christmas markets see here.

… Vienna

These days, you need to be particularly lucky to experience a white Christmas in Vienna. However, with plenty of festive decorations hanging across the city, you’ll hardly notice the lack of snow.

A stroll through the city will most likely see you pass a punch stand or two and it will almost certainly lead you to at least one of the enchanting Christmas Markets that pop-up in every public square.

Some of the most famous markets include those at Schönbrunn Palace, City Hall and on Karlsplatz-which happens to be a very short walk away from Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna!

Link: Christmas Markets in Vienna

… Munich

Directly on the doorstep of Wombat’s City Hostel Werksviertel you will find the WinterWunderWerk. Step out our front door and walk directly into a world of festive cheer, complete with curling and ice-skating.

See: Munich Tip: WinterWunderWerk

If you’re looking for something traditional, you can visit the different markets at Sendlinger Tor, where, it is said, markets have been taking place as early as 1886. For our dear guests in the City Hostel Hauptbahnhof, this journey back in time is less than 15 minutes’ walk away.

For those who would like to discover more Christmas markets in Munich – here is an overview.

… Budapest

This is where things get really cosy. The most famous Christmas markets – Vörösmarty Square, Fashion Street, Erszébet Square, City Hall Park and St. Stephen’s Basilica are all less than 10 minutes’ walk from the City Hostel Budapest. Nothing can stand in the way of your own mulled wine tour!

Speaking of tours!

We’ve got a special discount for Wombat’s customers and those merry travellers who want to visit multiple cities and markets this Christmas.

When you stay in one hostel, you can get 10% off your next stay in any other Wombat’s city. Simply book your stay through our website and you’ll receive your promo code to use for your next Wombat’s visit!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wonderful live-music, great vibe, meet & chat meet & chat with the artists while sampling some whiskey and for sure some “open microphone” surprises – all that with free entry!

Wombat’s first Grand Jam Tour hits the road this month. Get ready for some outstanding performers:

We’ll have singer-songwriter Ray Heffernan, the guy who wrote the original version of the Robbie Williams classic “Angels”. We kid you not! A forthcoming docuseries about Robbie will cover this episode from Ray’s life! As well as that, Ray also has songwriting credits for Eros Ramazzotti and Helene Fischer!

© Vittoria Caligara 

Grand Jam Tourdates

14 November21:00Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna
15 November21:00Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Werksviertel
16 November21:00Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof
17 November21:00Wombat’s City Hostel Budapest
19 November21:00Wombat’s City Hostel London

As ever, womBEATS master of ceremony and musical host, Shane Ó Fearghail, will be on tour and on stage. His sense of humor and his unmistakable voice are very well known among womBEATS regulars. On the tour, he will be debuting a new album and its first single “You To Hold”.

© Anca Coleasa

Viki Rácz will roundup the Grand Jam Pack with her signature melodic and atmospheric indie-folk approach.

Free Entry!

So, come and join the party! Admission is free, and you don’t even have to stay at Wombat’s to be enjoy the shows! If you can’t make it to the venues, follow the tour (almost) live on womBEATS’ Facebook and Instagram channels!

What’s womBEATS?

Wombat’s sees itself as part of the local art and culture scene – in every city we are honored to be simultaneously hosts and guests at the same time. To emphasize this, we have created a format for both traveling and local artists under the title womBEATS. Find out more on womBEATS official website.

Earlier this week, the UK said farewell & cheerio to most of the Covid-Restrictions imposed on the country. No more mask mandates, events and nightlife are back – welcoming everybody with doors wide open!

From February 11th onward, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, let alone quarantine – more details on that here.

Naturally this comeback will be celebrated in our Wombat’s City Hostel London as well –

Rather than organizing secret parties with Boris in Downing Street, why not stay with us and do it on the books!  😉 Our womBAR, created for this very purpose, is open to you from Thursday – Saturday, 6PM – 01:30AM.

If you want to take part in the grand re-awakening of the metropolis that is London we have something special in store for you:

You know how our website has the best rates across all platforms anyways? Well, book a stay with us before February 20th and get an extra 15% off using voucher code LONDONCALLING! Valid for all bookings in 2022 😃

A quick outlook on what awaits visitors coming to London this spring:

THE event in February is undoubtably the London Fashion Week taking place from February 18-22. Tons of live-shows, celebrities and consequently glitz and glamor are guaranteed.

It also looks like St Patrick will be able to have a proper comeback this year! The dates for the party including a festival with free performances at Trafalgar Square, tons of irish food and drinks are not carved in stone yet but will take place on one of the weekends around March 17th – stay tuned.

Another free attraction to visit this spring is Battersea Power Station, one of the largest brick buildings in Europe, which serves as an incredible backdrop for this year’s Light Festival 2022 – on for another month until February 27th.



Spectacular light shows, the unforgettable location and a fantastic gastronomic scene (Tapas, Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza, Urban Wine & Craft Beer, you name it!) make Battersea Power Station a definite must-see.

As Wombat’s City Hostel London is perfectly connected with public transportation, even Battersea Power Station is almost around the corner and just a 45 minutes ride. For those of you who don’t feel like taking the Tube to get there – why not consider a ride on UberBoat Line RB6!


As we have all learned by now, long-term plans are something to be careful with at the moment but being the fearless optimists that we are, we’ve plucked up the courage to give you a preview.

WomBeats

This initiative starting in 2022 aims to further strengthen the – already rather strong – bond Wombat’s has with the international music scene. To further emphasize our cultural responsibility we will not only offer discounted “Shelter for Music Travellers”, but also host live shows and even tours by singer-songwriters across our houses.

Our guests are guaranteed some reliably unexpected entertainment – no admissions charge of course.

womBAR

Our new womBar-Concept has already successfully been implemented in Vienna, and next up is our City Hostel London. Starting within the next couple of months we will be shouting it from rooftops there as well: “It’s toasted, Baby!”

Speaking of food & drinks – The already legendary Wavebreaker, our very own Collab-Brew with the Viennese Ottakringer brewery is currently being bottled!

This time around we have created a very palatable, slightly fruity Ale with Guarana as an energy source for eventful nights ;-) Available at your nearest Wombat’s City Hostel soon…

Tasty Breakkie

At the end of a long night, or the beginning of a long day – two situations all too familiar to people traveling– you need a proper breakfast. A breakfast for people who are hungry for life.

It is exactly those people who will love our new Tasty Brekkie. Classic or vegan with fresh, regional ingredients and a modular setup. At our Wombat’s City Hostel in Vienna we’re currently working on the last small fine-tunings and are expecting to be able to offer our new breakfast concept in our other houses starting in the second quarter of 2022.

The same is true for our Wombat’s Café. In Vienna, we’re already enjoying our Signature Wombat’s Roast and cozy atmosphere. Starting soon, our Viennese coziness-export will be available in our City Hostel London and City Hostel Budapest.

Munich Werksviertel

Our highlight in 2022 however… *drumroll*…… the long-awaited opening of our Wombat’s City Hostel Munich “Werksviertel”. After pandemic and a construction site flooding just days before the initial opening date we’re pretty confident we will actually make it happen this time – Unless Godzilla himself is blocking our entry, that is.

Can’t wait to see you there!

This concludes a rough overview of Wombat’s in 2022 – so long as there’s no virus or anything forcing a change of plans. Here’s to a relaxed and joyful travel season in 2022. Let’s hope we’ll be able to celebrate in our new spacious “Schanigarten” in our Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna.

Cheers & stay safe!

Dear friends,

It was a year full of challenges and surprises, full of long-awaited embraces and painful goodbyes. The next year might not – but could definitely be better. We for one wouldn’t mind.

As we navigate through this mess, time and time again we come to realize:
Business is important, sure. But friends are more important and health, health stands above all else.
Because without health, what business is there to be done anyway?

The occasional party flare ups in 2021 showed us one thing – we still got it. And things will be like they used to, eventually.

We’ll stay the way we are. We will await you and look back on this crazy time together and full of relief. Here’s to being able to be crazy again – the way we want to.

With that said, we want to wish you all happy holidays, a merry Christmas and nothing but the best for the coming year!

We can’t wait to see you all again.


Marcus & Sascha + team at Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna

& the entire teams at…

It’s a weird holiday season coming up. Even though there are lots of restrictions, there are still places where a new normal can be found and where you can enjoy some Christmas kitsch and mulled wine during your city trips.

London: Christmas By The River

Just a 15 minute walk away from our Wombat‘s The City Hostel London (across Tower Bridge!) you can enjoy one of London’s most instagrammable Christmas markets! “Christmas By The River” is set against stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

It’s the perfect location for a nice stroll between wooden huts packed with original presents, handmade crafts and plenty of delicious food offerings. A steaming cup of mulled wine will help you enjoy the humid London winter beside to the River Thames.

Of course, the whole city of London is sprinkled with Christmas markets during the holiday season. Some highlights include Covent Garden Christmas Village (with igloo style dining!), Southbank Market (with view of Big Ben on the other side of the Thames) and the festively decorated historical Borough Market.

London By The River is open until January, 2nd.

Budapest: Comeback of City’s Tradition

This year, to save me from tears… Budapest has reopened its Christmas Markets after las year’s cancellations due to Corona.

Christmas Markets in Budapest have a strong tradition and are considered among the most beautiful markets in Europe. As they attract hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, you can imagine how important the events are for the city and its population. In order to be able to open the markets’ doors, the city has decided to restrict entry to only vaccinated and recovered persons.

One of Budapest’s most popular and beautiful markets is Advent Bazlica on St Stephan’s. Here, you’ll find a spectacular setting, great atmosphere and an all-day program for all family members.

Advent Bazilika (open until January, 1st) is just a 10 minute walk away from our Wombat’s The City Hotel Budapest!

Munich & Vienna: Please Stand By

Vienna hast just reopened its doors after a 2-weeks-lockdown. Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna is open for bookings from Dec. 27th!

Munich has cancelled all Christmas Markets but outdoor gastronomy is still open (for vaccinated and recovered individuals). Of course, some boundaries are blurred, as is the case for Viktualienmarkt which is currently still open and decorated. You are always safe to have a good night drink at Wombat’s The City Hostel Munich “Hauptbahnhof” ;-) Of course, we will keep you posted about the Corona-related developments in these cities.

Stay safe!