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

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!”

Our Wombat’s expedition team has just returned from a trip to Munich and we’re extremely happy with what we have seen. We’re very excited to share our first progress report with you!

The masterminds behind the Werksviertel area like to call it the “Future Quarter of Munich”, and we have to agree with them. Although it is just around the corner from typical Bavarian neighbourhoods, it almost feels like a different city. There’s brand-new architecture, trendy businesses and a youthful attitude. There’s something exciting to see and do in every corner of the Werksviertel.

So where exactly is the new Wombat’s City Hostel located? Only in Werksviertel’s new landmark building! Based on a former potato silo, an 86 meter high complex is under construction – our hostel will be in the adapted ‘potato space’.

Tip for your bucket list: Not everyone can claim to have slept in a former silo.

Check out the images above to see how the hostel is taking shape. 

We have arranged mockup rooms for the new hostel. You will love them, promise! Here ☝️ you also have a sneak peek of our brand-new top secret bunk beds. We will disclose more details soon…

As you know, our Wombat‘s City Hostel London, Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna “Naschmarkt” and our Wombat’s City Hostel Budapest are still in hibernation. We will inform you as soon as we have information about re-opening.

Our new Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Werksviertel is expected to open in summer 2021!


 The City Hostel Wombat’s Munich was awarded “Cleanest Hostel Worldwide” in 2004 – a long time before Corona was around.

Our experience and know-how will contribute to a safe stay. To celebrate our reopening we have prepared our GOOD VIBE SPECIAL, tailored for you and these special times.

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


– Of course, all HYGIENE RULES are strictly observed.

– Everyone gets their OWN BUNK BED, our dormitories are only 50% occupied.

– Private rooms available.

– People who travel together will be accommodated in one dorm (100% occupied).

– Pre-ordered À LA CARTE BREAKFAST ensures a safe, clean breakfast experience.

– Our WOMBAR is adapted with distance markers – for safer fun and encounters.


-FLEX NON REFUNDABLE RATE: Even bookings with our lowest fare can now be rescheduled!

-FULLY FLEX: Cancellation possible until 24 hours before your stay!


FREE WALKING TOURS: Historic City Center Tour, “Englischer Garten wie ein Münchner Kindl”, Pub Crawl, and more to come…       Moreover we offer tours to Schloss Neuschwansstein, Classic Pedals & Pints Experience.

WOMBAT’S STANDARDS #businessunusual

Cleanliness, safety, cool staff & cool vibes – all the reasons we have been voted “Best Hostel Chain” 6 times by more than 900,000 travellers worldwide. Moreover – easy arrival by train, it’s in close walking distance from “Hauptbahnhof” (main station).


Be prepared for autumn 2020. 😁 As Oktoberfest is canceled, get ready for the world’s first WOMTOBERFEST! More info coming soon!

THANK YOU again for your support and your nice messages during the lockdown!
Stay safe & we are very much looking forward to seeing YOU again soon! 💛

The Oktoberfest runs from Sept 21st – October 6th 2019

What do hostel workers need most after an exhausting summer season? A 16-day beerfest, along with a hostel full of intoxicated guests. NOT, you would think, but we actually still enjoy this.

OK, we could do with less puke in the elevators, but there are the bizarre moments making up for the downsides. Like the guest we only saw wearing a helmet (“to avoid injuries when passing out”) or the guy wearing a zebra costume for breakfast. I asked him where he got that one from, to which he replied, “I don’t remember, I woke up in it.” Or the guy who returned at 3am with nothing but his underpants (he couldn’t tell how that happened, but we know it). We have seen it all, and whatever you do, we won’t tell your girlfriend. Here’s how to Oktoberfest:

Avoid the weekends.

Especially avoid Saturdays. Especially the Saturday on the second weekend, when FC Bayern has a home match. Do yourself a favour and go on a weekday. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, it’s still the biggest party on earth. It’s easier to find accommodation. You”ll have to line up less than an hour for the rollercoasters, you’ll get inside the tents without lining up for hours and a free spot at a table will be much easier to find as well.

Don’t try to reserve a table

Because they don’t accept table reservations when the tent is likely to be full anyway. You just enter the tent of your choice. Scan it for empty spots and ask the other people on the table “ist hier frei?” – that’s it, and it’s also a good conversation starter.

First eat, then drink!

Oktoberfest beer is stronger than the regular stuff. It can get quite warm in the tents, so you will be thirsty and might drink more than you intended. The salt on the pretzels will do the rest. Start your day with a hearty lunch – I recommend one of the many beer halls. Augustiner Bräustuben ( serves excellent pork knuckle for just €9,20. The alcohol will hit you in a much more enjoyable way when you have some lardy food in your stomach.

Leave your stuff at the hostel

The Oktoberfest throng is a pickpocket’s paradise. You won’t want to be paranoid all the time about the contents of your pockets. Also leave your eyeglasses at home, you know, drunk people sometimes throw around their arms in a somewhat uncontrolled manner…

First rollercoaster, then binge drinking

Have mercy on me. I don’t want the contents of your digestive system raining down on me when I queue up. Please!
Still, if you are not yet completely wasted, sneaking out of the tent after the first Maß and go for a ride on the giant carousel or one of the rollercosters is definitely worth the experience.

Which tent?

There are 14 big ones and 20 small ones altogether with seats for 100,000. The first one you’ll see at the main entrance is the Hippodrom, well known for its champagne bar (WTF?) and the occasional celebrity visitor. Schottenhamel is a large one (it seats 10,000) and the tent where it all starts when the mayor taps the first keg. The biggest one is Paulaner Festzelt (capacity 10,900). The best about it is the large outdoor area on its southern side, so you can enjoy the autumn sun. The locals’ favourite is still Augustiner, the only one left tapping the beer from traditional wooden kegs. The tent where the shit really hits the fan is Hofbräu – like the Hofbräuhaus beer hall it’s very popular with tourists who intend to party hard. Mind that the waitresses will ask you to leave when you have an empty stein in front of you and refuse to replace it with a full one immediately. All the tents come with very cheesy oompah-style brass music playing traditional Bavarian songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Country Roads”. You will certainly hate it until you’ve finished your fifth stein, then you’ll love it.

Don’t go to the wine tent

This is a BEERfest, for chrissake! Don’t be a nerd and drink wine. You just don’t!!!

Try not to pass out

The tents close just before midnight and those who can’t make it on their own legs any more will be brought to the slope under the “Bavaria” statue by the security guys. There are hundreds of “Bierleichen” lined up there every evening and the pickpockets will leave you with nothing but your underpants. You have been warned!


All in all the most important thing is to have fun. Go out and party hard!

Secret City Tour Berlin
The Secrets of Berlin

You love discovering cities but classic city tours where you just check off the sights seem quite boring to you? If you’re more into exploring a city with all senses we have the perfect tool for you! Instead of walking around without being involved, your city tour converts into a game! Also you don’t have to pre-book your tour and stick to fixed times, just start the game when you’re ready. So forget POKEMON GO and discover real hidden treasures in cities across Europe with Secret City Trails!


Secret City Trails Munich
The Secrets of Munich


Secret City Trails takes locals and travellers on urban adventures in 24 cities across Europe. During the experiences players explore a city’s hidden gems and unlock stories and recommendations to cafes and restaurants while they solve a trail of riddles via a web app (works in browser of any smartphones, so no downloads are needed). Solving the riddles puts people in the present and requires focus on what’s around instead of on your phone. The city discovery games are an entertaining, interactive, instantly bookable, affordable and independent way of seeing and enjoying  a city.

How it works

The game can be played alone or in a group of up to 5 persons. First of all you need to choose one of the 24 cities and book it online before you receive an email with a unique link to play. By adding the discount code wombats you’ll get off 10% a game at any city!

After that, the starting point will be revealed in the email. As soon as you open the email link in your smartphone’s browser and tap ‘Play Now’ the game starts and you receive your first riddle. Now it’s your turn to search for answers to the riddles on streets, hidden courtyards, alleys, unknown galleries and even lovely shops and cafes. Answer correctly and unlock the next riddle, as well as stories and recommendations to cafes, bars, shops and more. There’s no limit for incorrect answers and you get encouraged to try again. If you’re stuck you can ask for a hint. There’s one for each riddle and it will get you nearer to the location where you can find your answer. Asking for a hint will cost you 10 minutes of ‘penalty time’ though. If you’re really stuck or lost, you can choose to skip a riddle. This will result in 20 minutes ‘penalty time’ which will be added to your overall time. Your total time will be revealed after the last riddle when the game ends.

Secret City Trails Vienna
The Secrets of Vienna

We had the chance to try Secret City Trails in Vienna and we absolutley loved it! Not only that it’s great fun to solve the riddles and explore many places, you also perceive the spots completely different. By focusing on the details to solve the riddles you will realize things you have never seen before! You also get to know many facts about the buildings and the history which was really interesting and we didn’t know yet. Unfortunately it started to rain heavily on our Secret City Trail tour so we had to interrupt it for some time. But this wasn’t a big problem as you pass many cute cafes and bars on your tour and there’s also a break after you solved half of the riddles. At the end of the game you will receive a map with all the locations you have passed, so that you can come back to those places at any given time.



Travel and play as the first #secretcityintern

Secret City Trails just launched an internship that allows you to travel across Europe, play games and share your adventures on social media for in total 3 months. All travel, accomodation and games are covered, your task is it to visual report your adventures with videos and photos. The internship is starting in September 2019 in Amsterdam and Haarlem, in October you will meet two of our cities, Munich and Vienna. The internship ends at the end of November 2019 in Lisbon.

When in Munich during summer

Flea markets are great, not only that they are good for the environment, also people come together in a relaxed atmosphere and just enjoy the day outside. Cities like Berlin are famous for their flea markets and especially during summer time there are plenty of them. But also in Munich flea markets are getting more and more popular. We checked out the Munich courtyard and garden flea markets (in German: Hofflohmärkte) and they are definitely worth a visit when in Munich during spring and summer time!

How the courtyard flea markets work

Flea Market Munich – Untergiesing

House residents sell in their own yard or garden. Together with neighbours, family and friends they organise numerous courtyard and garden flea markets throughout the whole district in one day. Up to 300 house communities and gardens take part in this unique courtyard and garden flea market day – even entire streets and blocks of houses participate. People turn their garages into small shops and in each backyard something new can be discovered! Everybody is very welcome and besides shopping it is a great opportunity to explore the different districts of Munich. Some flea markets are very hidden so it is a little adventure game to find all of them. Probably you will wonder how many courtyards Munich has! If you’re getting hungry some of the residents sell self-made cake and Pretzels. Of course that’s not it! By following the music you will bump into a street full of food stands offering snacks, beer and other drinks where the crowd comes together.

Where and when are the next dates?

No matter if it’s raining, snowing or if it’s burning hot, the courtyard and garden flea markets take place in any weather. The first ones already started in May but there are still some that will take place during the coming weekends. Here are some upcoming dates for the next courtyard and garden flea markets in Munich:

Sendling Hofflohmärkte
Sa. 25 May 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Obere Au Hofflohmärkte
Fr. 31 Mai 2019
5:00 – 10:00 pm

Viehhofviertel Hofflohmärkte (Dreimühlen- & Schlachthofviertel)
Sa. 1 June 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bogenhausen Hofflohmärkte
Fr. 7 Juni 2019
5:00 – 10:00 pm

Westend Hofflohmärkte
Sa. 8 June 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

PREMIERE: Hackenviertel Hofflohmärkte
Fr. 21 June 2019
5:00 – 10:00 pm

Thalkirchen Hofflohmärkte
Sa. 22 Juni 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nymphenburg Hofflohmärkte
Fr. 28 June 2019
5:00 – 10:00 pm

Lehel Hofflohmärkte
Sa. 29 June 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Bavarian capital Munich, or München to the locals, is one of Germany’s busiest cities when it comes to celebrations. People are on the streets for New Year’s Eve in Munich and celebrate in public with their neighbours, with large scale fireworks displays held across the city, lighting up the skyline as midnight strikes.

Munich is often reduced to the consumption of german beer and sausages, but the New Year’s Eve in Munich has more to offer. The big event in Munich over the holiday season is the famous Tollwood Winter festival on the Theresienwiese. The festival actually starts earlier in December and incorporates live entertainment including live music and circus acts before actually ending in December 31st with a last final big party and fireworks display at the  Tollwood New Year’s Eve Party “Silvester on the Beach”.

It is the biggest New Year’s party in Munich and boasts 5 huge areas enclosed in tents with a wide range of live bands and DJs including Independent, Rock, Alternative, Latin, Salsa, Reggae, Hiphop, Funk, Soul, Disco and boogie. Away from the Tollwood event, crowds gather at various points across the city to watch the famous midnight fireworks displays. Popular vantage points include Englischer Garten and the Bayerischer Hof while the area around the Friedensengel (peace angel) offers fantastic panoramic views of the city.

The Olympic Park and the city’s iconic Marienplatz also attract large numbers of visitors, with the latter in particular enjoying a thriving trade in it’s many bars and restaurants throughout the evening.

If you are searching for a good place to start and end the party, we’d recommend our wombar at wombat’s CITY Hostels Munich. With specials, cocktail and beer happy hours and reasonably priced drinks all evening long the vivid wombar might just be the place to start.

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