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.

“Vienna – Berlin the Art of two Cities”

Vienna - Berlin the Art of two Cities

copyright: Unteres Belvedere, Bildergalerie

Great Exhibition at Vienna´s Belvedere Palace

Visual Arts of Vienna and Berlin until the middle of June

Many travelers have both cities on their list and obviously Berlin and Vienna are famous for their creative atmosphere and cultural activities ever since. Never the less the outcome differs a lot. Until the middle of June you can visit a collection of historic paintings in one of Vienna´s most beautiful sights.

This rich collection of paintings takes the viewer into the period ranging from the turn of the century to the 1930s. With their gaze influenced by a multitude of clichés, the habitants of both big cities have observed each other – driven by curiosity, but also scepticism.

While Vienna was the capital of a multi-ethnic empire, Berlin was the up-and-coming metropolis of a united Germany. The old Habsburg Empire Vienna, the city of elegance opposed to Berlin, a dynamic metropolis, with a modern appearance. These are two cities that could not be more different but still had so much in common.

From Vienna Secession to Käthe Kollwitz

Following the founding of the Vienna Secession, in 1897, a similar artists’ association was established in Berlin. As different as both groups of artists were, they shared a similar international outlook in their opposition of the historicist-classicist traditions. In Berlin, this was reflected primarily in French impressionism, whereas in Vienna artists strived more for the total artwork. With his psychological portraits Oskar Kokoschka attracted the interest not just of the Viennese. Expressionism was certainly rampant in both cities.

While in Berlin artists compensated for the horrors of war with playful subversive force of Dada, in the economically weaker city of Vienna artists took up various variants of modernism.The spectrum extended from the German artist George Grosz who turned to big-city life with his critical-belligerent imagery, to Christian Schad who lived in both Vienna and Berlin and was known for his melancholy images of man, all the way to the Viennese chemist Franz Sedlacek with his magical imagery. They can all be seen in the exhibition, along with eminent works by artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann, Max Liebermann, Max Oppenheimer and Egon Schiele. The Weber series by the German socialist artist Käthe Kollwitz captures the great misery in which the poor in both Vienna and Berlin lived.

source: wien.at

 

What´s around wombat´s Berlin

You´re looking for a good Bar, nice Café or facilties like a cash machine near wombat´s CITY HOSTEL BERLIN.

Just download this PDF to your device and you´re ready to explore our lovely neighborhood.

Wombats Berlin Neighborhood

TOUR DU MONDE -Bicycle Stories, Vienna

Cycling is big in Vienna in 2013. Vienna not only hosted this year´s Velo-City conference, but also dedicated the whole year as the Viennese Year of Bicycle.iconic bicycles

Besides various efforts to make the cyclists´ lives easier throughout the city, there´s now also an exhibition taking place in MAK.

Showing an iconic bike collection of the 20th and 21st century, the exhibition will draw visitors into a journey through the history of the bicycle.

As weather in September favors the visit of an exhibition rather than a bike tour, it´s good news that the exhibition still runs until Octobre 6th.

MAK is located in the city center, close to U-station “Stubentor” an easy aprox. 20 minute bike or underground ride from either wombat´s CITY Hostel in Vienna.

 

For further information check the exhibition´s site

http://www.mak.at/en/program/event?article_id=1350932543320

Walking in Vienna: Spring Is Waiting for You!

Walking in Vienna

A few weeks ago, we introduced WildUrb, a Vienna based online community that encourages urban people to discover urban space by walking. As spring is pampering us with sun and warmth these days, it’s time to head outside and discover Vienna’s outdoor secrets! So we asked Doris from Wildurb to give us her personal recommendations for some really cool walking tracks in the Austrian capital. Here we go:

Flashy Expressions – street art at the Danube Canal
Chill out trail (8km) in the center of Vienna. Start at the U4 and the U6 metro stration “Spitellau” and walk along the Danube Canal to find good mood, good people and good graffiti.

Colourful Contrasts – from urban subculture to decadence
Walk along the Wien river to find various kinds of architecture and urban space – from the wild side of the Wiener Gürtel all the way to the Naschmarkt and the Karlskirche. Easy 4,29 kilometers and highly recommended!

Urban Moods – A tour round Vienna’s unofficial “Central Park”
Central park, ey? Yes! The recreation area of the “Wienerberg” gives you a feeling of nature while  offering views of the “skyline” of the Vienna Business Park with its twin towers – a little bit of New York feeling!

Ancient History – Straight across the heart of Vienna
Start at the U3 metro station “Herrengasse” in Vienna’s first district and discover the old town off the beaten track. Find a good mood of mysticism flowing through the forecourts and courtyards of historic buildings – especially in foggy nights.

Full Commitment – climbing up the walls
For all of you that want to go higher than just walking on the ground, here’s your deal: get some climbing equipement and enjoy on of the city’s centre outdoor climbing experiences – we highly reccomend the Flakturm Esterházypark!

Vienna is waitin’ for ya – don’t hesitate and get outside!

A 6 steps guide for moving to Austria

Supporting newbies in Vienna: Alex, Richard and Martin from feelslikehome.

You need information about moving to and living in Vienna? Here is the right stuff for you: the online community “feelslikehome” helps foreigners with their first steps in the Austrian capital – free of charge. Moreover, feelslikehome is aiming at teaming up people to receive group discounts to save money in the first weeks after arrival.

We asked the feelslikehome founders Alexander, Richard and Martin for a step-by-step-guide for the most relevant formalities when settling in Vienna. That’s what they recommend:

Step 1: Visa
If you are not from a EU country or the U.S., you need to apply for a visa before you arrive in Austria. The most common one is the tourist visa. More info about Austrian Visa issues you can find on feelslikehome.at .

Feels Like Home, AustriaStep 2: Certification of Registration (“Meldezettel”)
According to Austrian law, you have to register your lodging within 3 days after moving in. There are Registration Service Centres all over Vienna. More information on the official Vienna website.

Step 3: Pre paid phone or sim card
You will soon need an Austrian phone to connect with other people. The good news: fees in Austria are cheap and pre-paid phones are available at all providers. Feelslikehome offers you a membercard that includes a free SIM card.

Step 4: Health Insurance
Everyone living in Austria is required by law to be health insured. You should check if your insurance is accepted in Austria. Find further info on the Austrian social insurance website and on feelslikehome.

Step 5: Bank Account
If you stay longer than 3 months, an Austrian bank account will make financial issues easier. For further information visit the bank account section of feelslikehome – they even offer a special deal for foreigners.

Step 6: Embassy
Inform your home country’s embassy in Vienna with information about your name and contact details. This can be helpful in case something happens. You can find a list with all embassy addresses on feelslikehome.

If you wanna know more about feelslikehome.at, just check out their promo video:

 

Walking in Vienna: Sightseeing off the Beaten Track

Vienna now has it’s first urban walking community: WildUrb encourages urban people to walk and to discover urban space by foot, to create sustainable, funny and interesting perspectives of enjoying urban space.

When I first saw WildUrb I thought “wow, that exactly the spirit we stand for, that’s perfect for travellers to get into a new city, perfect for our guests to get the most authentic experience of travelling.”

Fair enough, now the wombats CITY HOSTELS are cooperating with WildUrb. Today, Doris from WildUrb shows you three fist class walking tours for Vienna. These show you interesting sights and sides of Vienna. Something other travellers are most likely to miss – curtains up for some sightseeing tips off the beaten track:

 

1. Secret Rivers
Walk the diversion channel of the river Wien in the west of the city. You will discover a curious world of motorways combined with natural habitats. And many examples of how nature can overcome concrete and take back its habitats. More info on WildUrb.com

 

2. Enjoyable Encounters
Discover the paths through the Hietzing mountains and valleys and meet people in different situations – pausing at the hot dog stand, enjoying the sights, tending graves, doing business and enjoying their time off. More info on WildUrb.com

 

 

3. Lively Worlds
Discover the 15th district of Vienna with this walking tour: It is a lively, multicultural part of town, a little New York in Vienna. Here you aren’t bothered by the usual conservative surroundings. More info on WildUrb.com

 

Winter in Vienna – sightseeing tips from our expert (pt.2)

Our wombats Vienna guide and expert Charles gives you his personal recommendations for your stay in the Austrian capital. This is part two of the “things to do in Vienna in winter” series – the first part can be found here.

A great place for culture & arts: the upper Belevedere

Culture & Arts – Gustav Klimt

Vienna is celebrating the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt, one the worlds’ most famous Symbolist painters and Viennese artists. There are a lot of exhibitions around these days, but there is one MUST SEE:

The Belvedere is hosting the Klimt exhibition “Pioneers of Modernism” ‘till 4th of March and permanently houses “The Kiss”, the largest Klimt collection in the world. It is situated in the 3rd district at the Prinz-Eugen-Street 27. You can either get there with the tram line “D” to stop “Schloss Belvedere” as well as with the tram 18 and bus lines 13A and 69A to stop “Südbahnhof”.

“Alternative Sightseeing” – Cemeteries

And if you’re totally into Klimt, then you should also visit the “Hietzinger Friedhof” (cementery Hietzing), where he was buried along other notable historic figures. To get there just take the metro line U4 to Hietzing, from there take Bus 58B to stop “Montecucolli Strasse”.

Speaking of cemeteries – they are places of culture and part of Vienna’s history as a city. Apart from thousands of graves, there are also green spaces, trees, churches, historical buildings and cultural monuments to be seen. Especially the Central Cemetery (district Simmering, tram line 6 or 71, stop Zentralfriedhof) is one of Vienna’s must-sees. It is one of the largest cemeteries in the world and many of Austria’s (and international) personalities of art, music and politics are buried here – like Ludwig van Beethoven, Arthur Schnitzler, Falco or Bruno Kreisky, just to name a few.

Shopping – Museumsquartier

“Shopping” can be much more than browsing through the stores of international brands, which look the same all over the world. The Museumquartier Vienna (one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world – you can’t miss it) houses some really cool stores of young designers, artists and “cool nerdy stuff”.

My special recommendation: the Lomography Shop. Right under the MUMOK stairway next to the KUNSTHALLE wien shop, the Lomographic Society’s store features an outstanding interior designed by Sally Bibawy, Karl Pircher, and Monika Singer. The shop sells cult cameras from the Lomo range and other trendy gifts and gadgets like films, books, Lomography-themed under- and outerwear, retro stuff and accessories.

Well, I hope you enjoy the winter in Vienna and that you have a great stay!

Yours, Charles

Winter in Vienna – sightseeing tips from our expert (pt.1)

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. This is the first part, more to come in a few days!

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 20th January till 4th of March you can skate in front of the Viennese City Hall – a truly unique Vienna 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 are two places I can recommend for great panoramic views.

Bahnorama Vienna viewing towerDon’t miss the “bahnorama”, a 67 meter high viewing tower, which offers a perfect view over the city and the massive construction site of the hyper-modern railway station and it’s surroundings – a whole new city district is arising on 109 hectares of land (as large as Vienna’s eight district). The tower also houses multimedia exhibition, a 3D simulated flight over the construction site and a café.

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. More recommendations in a few days! 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

How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Vienna

New Year’s Eve is coming our way. If you are in Vienna and still searching for the right place to celebrate the turn of the year, here are some recommendations for you:

Eating out, yummie!
A good diner might be the best thing to start the New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, most of the restaurants in Vienna are booked out at 31st December… But don’t give up hope, just contact our reception staff in the hostels! They are happy to help you with your restaurant reservation. Or check this website for restaurants opened on New Year’s Eve.

Watching fireworks

Vienna New Year's Fireworks

Vienna New Year's Fireworks

You just love fireworks? Than the hills and viewpoints around Vienna are your places to be to enjoy awesome panoramas of the city’s skyline and the fireworks in the sky. We recommend the Kahlenberg, the Cobenzl, the Himmelwiese or the Leopoldsberg in Viennas 19th district. All of which can be reached with the 38A bus from the U4 metro terminal station Heiligenstadt (just hop on the U4 metro in front of our wombats “The Naschmarkt”). If you want to stay in the centre of Vienna, we recommend the roof of the public library at the Urban-Loritz-Platz (just some 10 minutes walking from our hostel “The Lounge”).

The biggest Party in Austria
If you want celebrate a “traditional” Viennese New Year in the heart of the city and among masses of people; the “Silvesterpfad” (engl. “New Year Trail”) should be your choice. The whole city centre turns into a massive street party, way more than half a million people celebrating. The program includes various performances, concerts, DJ acts and entertainment at historical sights like Heldenplatz, Stephansplatz, City Hall or the Prater. At midnight you can experience the most traditional Austrian way of stepping from one year to the next in front of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral: while Austria’s largest bell, the “Pummerin”, rings in the new year people are dancing the “Donauwalzer” (engl. The Blue Danube Waltz).

wombats!!!
If you want to celebrate with really cool international people, than our hostels might be the place to be for you. All our houses are booked out, there will be parties with our guests and staff with various specials. Just watch out and ask our staff or other guests to get more information.

Nightclubbing
If you like to party all night long, then get into one of Vienna’s best clubs to rock and dance: In the U4, one of the most legendary discos of Vienna, there are four international New Year celebrations, one each hour from 10 p.m. (Sansibar) till 1 a.m. (London). The Flex provides a 14-hour Silvester-Rave, including many DJ’s from different electronic styles. The Fluc also brings up a great range of different DJ sets without entrance fee (yeah!). And those who prefer minimal and dub step should definitely go to the Pratersauna – they present their “finest national artist showcase”.

Well, what more to say? We wish you a happy New Year! See you in 2012!

[womphotocredits]Photo of fireworks © jeanleo under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.[/womphotocredits]