Munich Courtyard and Garden Flea Markets

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

Vienna in One Day: a Sightseeing Quickie

One day of Vienna sightseeingVienna is an excellent city for sightseeing, but if you’re on a short trip and time is scarce, we’ve got just the thing. Check out this list of our personal recommendations and explore the Austrian capital in just one day.

Keep in mind, you’ll either have to get up early or be really quick. If you start at our wombats CITY Hostel “The Naschmarkt” and visit the items in the order listed here, than it shouldn’t be a problem. So go get your sightseeing on – Vienna is waitin’ for ya!

1. Naschmarkt
Head out of the hostel and enjoy the food stalls (and flea market on Saturday) of Vienna’s most popular market.

2. Secession
At the end (or the beginning) of the Naschmarkt you will find the Vienna Secession, an outstanding historic art centre and a masterpiece of architecture.

3. Karlsplatz and Karlskirche
Next to the Secession, have a look at Charles’ Square (Ger.: Karlsplatz) and the St. Charles’s Church (Ger.: Karlskirche), one of the most outstanding baroque churches.

4. Vienna State Opera
After that, head over the Ring Street and see the Vienna State Opera (Ger.: Wiener Staatsoper), one of the most important parts of Austrian cultural heritage.

5. Kärntner Straße
Directly from the opera, have a walk along the Kärnter Straße, Austria’s most famous shopping street, which leads you to the heart of the city.

6. Stephansplatz, St. Stephens’ Cathedral
This square is the geographical and tourist centre of Vienna. Here you find St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Ger: Stephansdom), the most popular sight.

7. Graben and Kohlmarkt
These are two historic promenades and shopping streets, leading from Stephansplatz to the Hofburg Palace.

8. Hofburg, Heldenplatz
At the end of the Kohlmarkt you’ll enter the Hofburg Palace and the Heldenplatz. This is the place where you can immerse yourself in Austrian history. The palace used to be the centre of the Austro-Hungarian empire (k.u.k. monarchy), today it houses the President of Austria. But beware: tourist factor 1.000!

9. Albertina
At the end of the Hofburg, you can find the Albertina, one of the most famous art museums of Austria (and the world).

10. Ringstraße
From the Albertina, have a decent 20 minutes walk along the famous Ringstraße boulevard, which leads you along to the Austrian Parliament, the Burgtheater and the Vienna Town Hall.

WELL DONE – now you are through with the most important stuff in the centre. If you still have some time left, we would recommend you to take the U4 metro line to Schönbrunn Palace (Ger: Schloss Schönbrunn), one of the most important cultural monuments of Austria. You can either quickly have a look at the palace or even spend hours in the beautiful garden parks or visit the oldest zoo in central Europe.

If you have more time for sightseeing, don’t hesitate to ask our reception staff for more recommendations.

Best London Musicals

Welcome to Europe’s Broadway

When travelling to London there’s one thing you definitely shouldn’t miss! With its many old theatres in beautiful buildings, London is by far one of the most famous cities for musicals in Europe. Especially London’s West End is well known for its musicals. From hit shows which have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years such as The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables to welcoming some of Broadway’s most recent hits, London’s Musicals leave no wish unfulfilled. From this great variety of first class shows in London’s prestigious theatres we have put together for you the best London musicals currently available and also tell you how to get tickets without a hassle and for little money.

Our 10 favourite London Musicals

  1. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre
  2. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
  3. Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre
  4. The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre
  5. Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre
  6. Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre
  7. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
  8. Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre
  9. Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre
  10. School of Rock at New London Theatre

The best way to get tickets

We know that getting tickets for new shows and especially on weekends might be a hassle. But we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t have a solution for you! With London Theatre Direct you will find the best London Musicals offers online! On their website they have listed the most popular London theater tickets which helps you to get a quick overview about the best shows. Additionally they sourced some of the best theater ticket deals available in London’s West End so that you can enjoy some of London’s best musicals, plays, comedy and opera shows for discounted or even half ticket prices. Buying your tickets online not only saves you money, it also saves you time as you don’t have to queue. Just be sure to only buy London theatre tickets from official sources such as London Theater Direct. Or ask at the reception for tickets, we’ll help you to secure yours at a discount!
Some more Pro Tips for smart spenders: If you have time during the day, why not visit a Matinee? They are always cheaper than evening shows. Besides that, for those who don’t mind standing, you could catch one of Shakespeare’s plays in his very own Globe Theater for just £5!
So what are you waiting for? Pick a musical, get cheap tickets and enjoy the show!

Secret City Trails

Secret City Trails

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.

Attack of the 50 Foot Socialite

Street Art Map Berlin

Berlin is the perfect city for everybody who is crazy about culture and art! Countless museums, galleries and daily new exhibitions leave nothing to be desired. But even Berlin’s streets themselves are art: street art artists from all over the world, as well as local stars of the scene, have turned Berlin’s house walls into canvases and decorated the city with larger-than-life works of art. There are so many things to discover all over the city! But what is the best way to go, to see all of Berlin’s street art?

How about an interactive street art map? The guys from DEFSHOP have put together on a map the 46 best murals of Berlin so you can see at a glance where they are and how to get there. The only two things you have to do is first, to choose one of the 4 routes in the menu of the street art map and second, buy a metro ticket. The selected murals can all be reached using a single underground or suburban railway line. By clicking on the icon, you will not only find the exact address and the nearest S- or U-Bahn station, but also more detailed information about the artist and exciting backgrounds to the artworks. The perfect way to do a street art tour on your own and get to know Berlin’s most beautiful murals!

The Routes

As already mentioned there are 4 different routes to choose from. The first one is the U1 route which goes through the heart of the city and contains 14 murals. The secound one is the U8 route that leads from the North to the South of Berlin and hides 11 murals. Number three is the city railway route that runs right through Berlin along the Spree river. Last but not least you can take the Tegel route, situated a little off the beaten track, in the very north of Berlin. The underground line U6 starts right where the street art objects are located and the 6 impressive murals lie close together in a residential area.

Greifswalderstraße - Herakut                                       Well done Steak - Art 071218

Schwedterstraße- We are                                               Oderbergerstraße- Dedicated to

All in all the interactive street art map is a great tool to discover the abundance of street art in Berlin for free and with no long journeys. It should be added, however, that you cannot download the map. So you better have a look on the map before you start and plan your route as it might not work on your way. You also should keep in mind, that the murals are not exactly located at the S- or U-Bahn station and you have to walk a bit to reach it. Some of them are also very hidden so keep your eyes open and don’t miss it!

Winter in Vienna – sightseeing tips from our expert

ice skating Vienna city hall

Christmas time is over, but the winter has still taken over Vienna. But that’s no reason to not enjoy the Austrian capital. There are plenty of things to do and to see in this great city in wintertime! Our wom-walk guide and Vienna expert Charles collected some recommendations for sightseeing and activities in Vienna in winter.

Sport – Ice Skating

ice skating Vienna

“Eistraum” Vienna (© Stadt Wien Marketing)

As long as it is cold it’s time to discover the many natural ice skating facilities and ice rinks. Put on your skating shoes, step on the slippery surface and learn how great fun it is to skate outdoors in the centre of Vienna.

At the Wiener Eislaufverein (Vienna Ice Skating Club) you can rent skates, learn to dance the Waltz on the ice, try the “Eisstockschießen” (the Austrian version of curling) or just enjoy to skate in the beautiful neighbourhood of the Konzerthaus. It is situated at the Lothingerstraße 22 in the 3rd disctrict, next to the U4 metro station “Stadtpark”.

And you should try the “Eistraum”: From 18th January till 3rd of March you can skate in front of the Viennese City Hall – a truly unique Vienna winter experience! Especially at night (till 10 o’clock) this might be the best ice skating experience you ever had; it’s not just for nothing that it’s called the „Eistraum“, which means „Ice Dream“. For more Info check the Eistraum website.

Sightseeing – Vienna from above

It is rather difficult to get up anywhere in the city centre. Nevertheless, there’s a place I can definitely recommend for great panoramic views.

Another great view offers the café/cantina on the roof of the Palace of Justice, which houses the highest courts of Austria. You find it at the Schmerlingplatz 10, next to the Parliament and U2 metro station Volkstheater. At the entrance you will be checked like on an airport, but once you are inside you can enjoy the beautiful interior of this 19th century palace. Take the elevator up to the cantina: it is quite fancy, but you can enjoy good food and great view over the Ringstraße Boulevard and the Old town of Vienna.

So much for today, folks. For any further infos just contact our reception staff in the hostels or talk with me during one of the free wom-walks.

Yours, Charles

Charles Sperl

Skiing - Day Trip from Vienna

Skiing – Day Trip from Vienna

Do you love skiing and really don’t give a damn about our environment?

Well, then here’s the perfect day trip from Vienna for you.
Austrian Airlines, American Express and ski region Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach partnered up for a tempting offer.

You could go to nearby ski regions from Vienna by train or bus within 2 hours, but you could also do this:
Catch a flight from Vienna at 6:35am, fly out to Innsbruck/Tyrol, enjoy a day of skiing and get back to Vienna by 19:55pm.
Sounds crazy? Indeed it is, but the weird thing about it is, it’s actually offered as an affordable package.

The package includes in detail:
Flights including taxes (Carry-on Luggage max. 8 kg)
Transfer to and from the ski region
Ski- or snowboard hire on site
Ski-pass

The whole package is available from €169
This is probably the best deal you can get for a ski trip from Vienna. The ski region offered is spectacular and compares to the ski regions outside of Vienna (Semmering mainly) like a Dodge Viper compares to a Buick. Just to give you an idea, the day pass alone is worth around €50. So, price-wise this is a ridiculous offer, really.

When is it available?
Between December 2018 and April 2019 only on Tuesdays and Fridays due to availability.

How can you book it?
You can try to book via http://www.abzumschnee.at/home/flugzumschnee/angebote/33, the website is only in German though.

You could ask our receptionists to book for you, but we will talk you into another day trip, as we do care about our environment and flying from Vienna to Tyrol is just impractical.

Seriously, this offer is as good as it is insane and it will leave you with the ecological footprint of a chain-smoking, truck-driving Tyrannosaurus Rex. So, please, spend €50 less and catch a train to Semmering. That might be less spectacular, but way better for your karma.

New Year´s Trail Vienna

New Year´s Eve in the center of Vienna

For 24 years now, the New Year’s Trail Vienna has been an integral part of New Year – just like the traditional Blue Danube Waltz at midnight and the famous Vienna New Year’s Concert.

The visitors of Stephansplatz can dance into the New Year with the traditional Danube Waltz.

With dozens of events and attractions in thirteen different locations throughout central Vienna, the Vienna New Year’s Trail will again be a great open air festival for everyone who wants to start the New Year in style. The programme offers highlights for all tastes and ages – from Viennese waltz, folk music or samba rhythms to current pop hits.

As always, there will be plenty of food and refreshments for the revellers, with food stalls, bars and restaurants serving hot punch, baked potatoes and barbecued sausage. You can even try specialities like fresh rolls with wild boar meatloaf – the gourmet version of a local snack favourite.

Locations are among others: Rathausplatz (Cityhall), Freyung, Graben, Stephansplatz, Kärnter Straße, Neuer Markt, Heldenplatz and Prater.

If you want to have a drink before you enter Vienna´s New Year´s Trail, the wombars in wombat´s CITY Hostels The Base, The Lounge and The Naschmarkt will be offering Drinks for reasonable prices, as well as Happy Hours for beer, Cocktails and other specials.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Vienna and wish you a Happy New Year.

For more information on  New Year´s Trail Vienna check
https://events.wien.info/en/vgv/new-years-eve-trail-2018/

 

 

New Year’s Eve in Berlin

One of Europe’s largest open air parties  is celebrated on New Year’s Eve in Berlin, between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Together, about one million people await the beginning of a new year.

New Year’s Eve in Berlin

On New Year’s Eve Berlin invites its guests and residents to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a great open air party. Each year bands and DJs attract about one million people to party along the “Straße des 17. Juni”, between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column until the early morning hours of the 1st of January.
At midnight a massive firework marks the start of the new year.

New Year’s Eve between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column

The party area comprises two kilometres from Brandenburg Gate along the “Straße des 17. Juni” until the Victory Column. The festival programme includes music acts, international stars and performances, light shows, food from all over the world as well as the famous firework. The party kicks off at 00:30 and has no definite ending.

Security Checks at the Entrances

At the entrances of the festival mile security checks take place. Any kind of firework is strictly prohibited. Pointed and sharp items as well as items which can be used as weapons, are not allowed to be carried inside the party area. The same counts for glass bottles and big bags.

New Year’s Eve at wombat’s

If you don’t want to celebrate New Year’s Eve among millions of people and you are one of the lucky persons staying at wombat’s CITY Hostel Berlin, the roof terrace and bar might be the place to be. You’ll have an amazing view over Berlin’s city center and our wombar offers drinks at reasonable prices, specials and Happy Hours.

For more Info on New Year’s Eve in Berlin visit https://www.berlin.de/en/events/2947764-2842498-new-years-eve-party.en.html

New Year’s Eve in 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 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.

See also:

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

http://www.tollwood.de/