Oktoberfest

O´zapft is! How to Oktoberfest 2018

The Oktoberfest runs from Sept 22nd – October 7th 2018

First, if you wonder why we post this in March, it’s because we’re one month awayy from making our beds for Oktoberfest period available.

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 (http://www.braeustuben.de/) 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!

 

If you visit Munich for the Oktoberfest, you get a fair chance to book your bed with us, as we make all our beds available on April 11th, high noon cet. Just click here to sign up for a reminder e-mail and we’ll notify you an hour before.

become the wombatstraveller

#WombatsTraveller

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.

The 7 Best Beer Gardens & Beer Halls in Munich

Munich beer garden

Beer & chill: Beer Gardens are cosy hangouts in Munich

For centuries, beer is and has been an important part of the culinary and cultural heritage of Bavaria and Munich. The best choice for having an authentic “beer experience” are the traditional beer halls (indoors) and beer gardens (outdoors).

Here is our list with 7 recommendations for the best options:

1. Augustiner Bräustuben
Off the beaten tourist track, this huge beer hall provides good atmosphere, great booze and cheap food. And the best thing: it’s just a 10-minute walk from our wombats CITY HOSTEL Munich at Landsberger Straße 19. www.augustiner-braeustuben.de

2. Waldwirtschaft (a.k.a WA-WI)
If there is any one beer garden that is an absolute must-see, it’s this cosy place in the southern suburbs of Munich. If the weather is good, you just have to go there, as it offers a cosy outdoor location, live jazz and big band sounds on the weekend and traditional food stalls. www.waldwirtschaft.de

3. Max Emanuel Brauerei (a.k.a. Max E)
A backpacker’s recommendation, this beer garden is quite close to the university, making it a popular hangout for students and people from all over the world. www.max-emanuel-brauerei.de

4. The Hofbräuhaus
Be warned, this is the most popular and also most touristy beer hall in Munich. Nevertheless, it’s also one of the most traditional and it helped to shape the city’s beer culture. www.hofbraeuhaus.de

5. Hirschgarten
This is the largest beer garden in the world. It offers space for up to 8,000 (!) guests and is part of Munich beer culture since 1791. www.hirschgarten.de

6. Seehaus
A place to hang out for Munich’s celebs and those who wanna be, it can be overpriced and posh. However, the location can’t be beat, as it is based right on the shore of a lake in the English Garden, next to a paddle boat rental. www.kuffer-gastronomie.com

7. Augustiner Keller
The traditional Augustiner Keller provides an indoor beer hall as well as the second largest beer garden in Munich (up to 7,000 guests). Here, the atmosphere on a summer evening is without equal. www.augustinerkeller.de

Well, that’s all for now – if you have any personal recommendations for beer halls and gardens in Munich, just post them as a comment below!

[womphotocredits]Photo of Munich biergarten © russellcc under CC BY 2.0 License.[/womphotocredits]

werksviertel-future

Wombat’s Munich – Werksviertel 2020

We proudly announce the addition of a new wombat’s CITY Hostel to accompany our existing one in Munich.
As a privately owned company, we focus on projects that really suit us, projects that allow us to grow with them and excite us. Lately we’re getting more ambitious when it comes to expansion. Therefore we are very excited about this new hostel being part of a big development project just behind Ostbahnhof.

The whole new district is called Werksviertel. It is going to be a new cultural and lifestyle hub for Munich. It includes projects such as a new concert hall, various clubs and a climbing site.
Werksviertel has a lively history. It was once home to traditional companies such as, Optimol, Konen, Zündapp and Pfanni. On these grounds potato dumplings were produced, motorbikes put together, lubricants refined and clothing tailored.

werksviertel

The area of the Pfanni factory from above.

These days the factories at the Ostbahnhof are no longer in use. Nevertheless, the area has retained its busy, industrial factory vibe. Developers and architects want to keep the special feel by creating a dramatic contrast between the historic structures and the modern buildings. Located just next to the public transport hub Ostbahnhof, the new urban district will also be superbly connected.

Werk-4

The white part of WERK 4 will be home to our new Hostel.

“The project area is being treated not as a blank canvas, but as a process. With the arrival of the new, the old must also be preserved. The upgrading of the area is characterised by quality and pragmatism. At the same time, the east of Munich will experience a new injection of dynamism and modernity,” stresses the brand ‘Werksviertel’ on their website.

Another goal of the project is to fit together some of life’s most important aspects: home, leisure, work and travel. Around 1,200 new homes are planned for 3,000 citizens. Long-term plans see the creation of up to 7,000 new jobs.

The grounds of the former Pfanni factory, now owned by OTEC GmbH & Co.KG form the epicenter of the project. After Pfanni closed the factory in 1996, the area was home to projects such as ‘Kunstpark Ost’ and ‘Kultfabrik’ until the end of 2015. Besides the flagship project, a new concert hall, plans for this area include the new wombat’s CITY Hostel, several restaurants, entertainment venues and event locations.

Werner Eckart, Proprietor and Managing Director of OTEC GmbH & Co.KG says, “with the Werksviertel development, we are drawing on the history of the site. This will create a distinctive district with a strong character.” 

signing-of-the-contract

Sascha Dimitriewicz, CEO and founder of wombat’s signing the contract with Werner Eckert, Proprietor and Managing Director OTEC

Located directly in the heart of the Werksviertel, we will open our hostel with 500 beds in 2020. It will form part of the tallest building called WERK 4.
The architects of Steidle Architekten plan WERK 4 to be somewhat of a landmark.
Our new hostel will share this space with a serviced appartements provider and a climbing site. If you are a climbing enthusiast, you will find the climbing site with 900 sqm boulder facilities and 1200 sqm of climbing space in- and outdoors just next door.
Steidle Architekten mention on their website, “the current activities and uses are to be gradually cultivated, condensed and updated, while new developments are being launched in parallel.”

The new wombat’s will feature all the amenities common to our standard with the highlights of a womBar, that is open to the public and open air common areas.

werksviertel-plan

The center of Werksviertel, with WERK4 just in the middle.

 

Read more on http://www.steidle-architekten.de and http://www.werksviertel.de/en

 

 

 

New Year´s Eve in Munich

Tollwood Festival Munich

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 Years 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.

See also:

http://www.newyearsevelive.net/cities/munich.html

http://www.tollwood.de/

 

Free Tour in Munich – discover the city and have fun!

 

In association with Gordon’s Tours , Wombat’s proudly presents our budget city walking tour.

What better way to discover Munich’s delights than with a young professional guide. Our two to three hour tour starts everyday from Wombat’s reception at 10:45am. Our expert guides work on a pay as you wish basis and will provide you with insight into the city’s many historical and cultural sites. From Bratwurst to Beer Halls and from the Glockenspiel to the Surfers Wave, don’t miss this unique chance to discover Munich on a budget !

Price: you decide!!

Also try Gordon’s Dachau Memorial Tour. Gordon’s provides an officially authorized tour of the memorial site and have been working in cooperation with Wombat’s City Hostel Munich since 2007. The tour starts from Wombat’s reception everyday at 10:15. and takes between 4 and 5 hours.

Price: 22 euro

Students (or 26 and under) 20 euro

(all prices include travel cost)

For more information on these tours and others, please go to www.gordonstours.de.

“O´zapft is!” How to Oktoberfest

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 3 am 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 (http://www.braeustuben.de/) 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!