Lukas Stölner, Managing Director at Kaffee Campus Krems is who we have to thank for our fantastic Wombat’s Roast.

Always striving for excellence, Lukas has just been crowned the top roaster at the Vienna Coffee Festival. With that, he qualifies for the World Championships which take place in Taiwan next month.

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Congratulations to Lukas! We couldn’t be prouder and we’re crossing our fingers for further success!

Wombat’s Café in Budapest Recently Opened

Speaking of our wonderful Wombat’s Roast (the Roast of Champions), now it’s also available in the newly opened Wombat’s Café Budapest. (See photo above.)

Soak up the beautiful ambience of the “Ballroom” and enjoy your favourite style of coffee daily, from 08:00-16:00 – only at Wombat’s City Hostel Budapest.

Coffee Week UK 16 – 22 October 2023

UK Coffee Week is the nation’s biggest celebration of coffee, raising funds for Project Waterfall and changing lives in coffee growing communities by providing access to clean water.

Hundreds of coffee shops, restaurants, roasters and retailers take part every year by donating from every cup or bag of coffee sold, running events and competitions, and engaging their customers in this exciting and valuable campaign.

100% of funds raised during UK Coffee Week go to Project Waterfall, an initiative established to bring clean drinking water, sanitation & education to coffee growing communities.

Wombat’s Café in City Hostel London is proud to be a part of this initiative. So, drop by and treat yourself to a coffee – all for a good cause!

PROSTed! It’s A Wrap!

Oktoberfest 2023 has come and gone. In our City Hostels Munich Hauptbahnhof and Werksviertel, the decorations are down and our staff can finally sleep again.

RTL+ created a documentary exploring what Oktoberfest means for tourism and city management in Munich. The Oktoberfest Makers – Between Tradition and Pure Fun, is a worthwhile watch that also gives a behind the scenes look at Wombat’s during this fascinating celebration!

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“Hands Off The Wall” is Europe’s leading street art and graffiti festival for women. It took the stage (the walls?) of Munich Werksviertel on the last weekend of July.

Wombat’s is proud partner of “Hands Off The Wall” and we were happy to host the artists and staff of the event in our City Hostel Werksviertel. Please enjoy some impressions below, photos by the gifted Luiza Puiu.

As the warmth of summer lingers and the vibrant energy of the city reaches its peak, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in the eclectic urban festival scenes. From lively street parades to musical extravaganzas, we present an array of late summer festivals that are not only entertaining but also easy on the wallet.

LONDON

Notting Hill Carnival (27-28 August 2023)

Get ready to embrace the infectious rhythm of the Caribbean at the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival. Held annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, this vibrant celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of London’s Caribbean community through dazzling costumes, pulsating music, and mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine.

Camden Fringe Festival (31 July – 27 August 2023):

For the theater and comedy lovers, the Camden Fringe Festival is a must-visit event. Showcasing emerging talent and established performers, this vibrant festival hosts a diverse range of performances across multiple venues throughout August. With shows ranging from drama to stand-up comedy, there’s something to suit every taste.

Totally Thames Festival (1-30 September 2023)

Set against the stunning backdrop of the River Thames, Totally Thames is a month-long festival held in September. Explore a wide range of activities, from riverside art installations to guided river walks, showcasing the cultural and historical significance of the River Thames.

Open House London (6-17 September 2023)

Architecture enthusiasts rejoice during Open House London, a festival that grants access to hundreds of (usually restricted) buildings and landmarks across the city. Stroll through awe-inspiring structures, discover hidden gems, and learn about the city’s architectural heritage during this captivating weekend event in September.

Check out our Wombat’s City Hostel London.

MUNICH

Hands Off The Wall Festival (28-30 July 2023)

The world’s leading female graffiti artists arrive at Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Werksviertel to leave their mark on the area. With over 300 applications, the festival management has selected 33 artists from Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Africa and New Zealand. During the festival, they will transform Werksviertel and add their artworks to 25 different walls.

Theatron Musiksommer (27 July – 20 August 2023)

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Olympiapark, Theatron Musiksommer is a music festival that showcases a diverse range of genres, from rock and pop to jazz and reggae. With live performances by local and international artists, this open-air festival creates a vibrant atmosphere where music lovers can come together and celebrate in late August.

Corso Leopold (9-10 September 2023)

Corso Leopold is a neighborhood festival held in the vibrant Schwabing district. Celebrating local art, culture, and culinary delights, this lively event offers a diverse program of live music, street performances, art exhibitions, and food stalls. Experience the vibrant and bohemian atmosphere of Schwabing in early September as you immerse yourself in this charming festival.

See our two Wombat’s City Hostels in Munich.

BUDAPEST

Sziget Festival (10-15 August 2023)

Considered one of Europe’s largest music festivals, Sziget Festival offers an unforgettable experience in August. Located on the Óbuda Island, this week-long event attracts renowned international artists, hosting a diverse range of music genres. Explore multiple stages, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, and participate in various activities, including art installations and workshops. Headlining this year are Billie Eilish and David Guetta!

St. Stephen’s Day in Budapest (18-20 August 2023)

The foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago is celebrated with countless events. Festivities kick off with the spectacular fireworks on Friday – they can even be viewed from the Danube if you book a firework cruise. For all three days the Danube Bank in Buda (in front of the Várkert Bazár/Castle Bazaar) will be home to a Gastro Promenade. There will be live concerts on the green hills behind Buda Castle, in the park on Erzsébet Square and at the Jozsef Gruber Reservoir. The Fashion & Design Festival will also take place in the Whale building on the Danube bank in Pest.

Budapest Wine Festival (7-10 September 2023)

Raise your glass and savour the flavours of Hungary’s renowned wines at the Budapest Wine Festival. Held in early September, this annual event takes place in the picturesque Buda Castle. Sample an impressive selection of wines from various regions, learn about winemaking traditions, and enjoy live music performances in a breathtaking setting.

Choose as your home base our City Hostel Budapest!

VIENNA

Film Festival at Rathausplatz (1 July –  3 September 2023)

Experience the magic of open-air cinema at the Film Festival at Rathausplatz, which runs throughout the summer. Set against the backdrop of Vienna’s City Hall, this festival screens a wide range of international films, from timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces. You won’t be limited to popcorn – the Filmfestival is famous for its rich culinary offerings. This year, 26 experienced restaurateurs invite you on a culinary journey around the globe via the Rathausplatz!

Popfest (28-31 July 2023)

Beautiful scenery, extraordinary acts (over 50!) and endless bangers on the “Lake Stage” in front of the Karlskirche – all with free admission. The venue is less than 15 minutes’ walk from Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna!

Impulsanz Wien (6 July – 6 August 2023)

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival was established in 1984 and has grown to become the biggest festival for modern dance and performance worldwide. Every summer, it offers a vastly varied schedule of performances, workshops, research initiatives, and musical acts (including free workshops and free events!).

LIVE AT WOMBAT’S

Last but not least, there is a music festival all year round at each Wombat’s hostel! Head to wombeats.com to check out the continuously updated concert program. The best part – entry is free!

You set up a company to run a few hostels and in the blink of an eye you’re serving coffee to Oscar winners and throwing sold-out concerts in your own bar.

Okay, maybe that “blink of an eye” is a bit more like 25 years… Back in April 1998 Wombat’s founders, Marcus and Sascha, legally established their company. Neither they, nor anyone else had any idea where that journey would lead.

A quarter of a century later, Wombat’s is a multi-award-winning international hostel chain. It’s still run by the same owners and accommodates more than 850,000 overnight stays per year – not too shabby.

After such success hosting travellers from all over the world, we decided to open up to our neighbours too. Our in-house cafés (serving our very own Wombat’s Roast) are becoming increasingly popular with the locals around our hostels – which brings us back to the Oscar winner…

Our newly opened Wombat’s Café in London was graced by the wonderful Dame Helen Mirren recently. To our astonishment, she treated herself to a coffee which she must have really enjoyed because she even asked for a business card before she left. What an honour! Maybe her people will get in touch with ours… Will we see the Golden Globe and Academy Award winner again? Our fingers are crossed for a sequel.

Our anniversary month also saw Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Werksviertel acting as a venue for the famous “Lange Nacht der Musik” festival. It was our first time partnering with the event (through our womBEATS music initiative) and it was a huge success. Thank you to the artists Alex Cumfe, Shane Ó Fearghail (see photo on top), Rebecca McRedmond and Marcus Bruns for packing out our house and creating an electrifying atmosphere.

That wasn’t our only womBEATS cooperation though. On May 10th, we teamed up with Waves Festival Vienna, Austrian Music Export and the Austrian Cultural Forum to bring the fantastic acts Good Wilson and Farce to London. We were delighted to be part of the ‘Austrian Heartbeats’ program and, as always, the womBEATS shows had free admission so that everyone could enjoy such a special night.

Celebrate With Us: 25% Off!

To celebrate 25Years of Wombat’s, we have a special offer for you. Book on www.wombats-hostels.com before 2nd June using the promo code Celebration25 to get 25% off your stay.*

Stay tuned for more surprises!

*Offer valid on reservations made before 02.06.2023, with ‘stay date’ up to and including 31.08.2023. Full payment is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. The dates of the reservation cannot be changed. Early departure, cancellation or failure to honour the reservation will not entitle you to a refund. Minimum age is 18.

If you’ve ever stayed at Wombat’s, then you know our signature interior design. With keen attention to detail and a carefully balanced mix of eclectic styles, we create relaxing, homely surroundings. If you want to chill with us, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so — exploring new cities is exhausting enough… ;-)

Our City Hostel Budapest is currently being revamped. The new, welcoming lobby is spacious with beautiful lighting and plentiful greenery. We are very proud of it and we’re just getting started: next, we’re renovating our bar. Yet again, Budapest raises the standard for design.

In Munich, May will see the Lange Nacht der Musik (Long Night of Music) take place, with gigs, performances and parties all over the city. Through our music initiative womBEATS, we are partnering with the mega-event for the first time and you’re invited to the singer-songwriter festival at the City Hostel Munich Werksviertel. On May 6th from 20:00, an international line-up of live music will take place at the womBAR. Acts include Alex Cumfe (Her Tree), Shane Ó Fearghail, Rebecca McRedmond, Marcus Bruns, Nana Forest and Chris Pookah.

There’s also exciting news from Vienna — the venerable TIME Magazine has included this city among the “World’s Greatest Places”, their list of the 50 most attractive travel destinations in the world. In the jury’s decision to include Vienna, the city’s sustainable living was strongly emphasised (TIME does not mention whether Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna contributed to this through its cooperation with local suppliers and numerous sustainable practices ;-) ).

Just another reason to visit Vienna! Especially now that the grey weather is finally saying goodbye.

Lastly, we have London. Our cultural export from Vienna, Wombat’s Café, has been open for a month in our City Hostel London. We are delighted with the great reception that we’ve been getting from guests and locals. Thank you all!

On that note, grab yourself a cup of coffee (our very own Wombat’s roast!) and enjoy the unique atmosphere at our City Hostel!

The time has come – Wombat’s City Hostel London is now home to its own cosy coffee cove. Here, travellers and locals can meet, chat, chill, work and soak up the London weather.

After a fantastic reception in Vienna and Munich, London is the third city hostel in which Wombat’s Café opens its doors.

What awaits you here? A journey into the famous Viennese coffee house culture with the best brew on offer alongside an assortment of sweet and salty snacks. All of this, housed in gorgeously designed surroundings. The only thing missing are the infamously grumpy Viennese waiters. Luckily, in our café, you’ll only find a welcoming atmosphere.

We are serving our own Wombat’s roast (see here), a mix of fair-trade Brazilian and Indian arabica. We know precisely where our quality beans come from and we pay a fair price for them. These premium beans are roasted by experts at Kaffee Campus Krems, near Vienna.

Your coffee will be prepared to perfection by our trained baristas on Faema equipment – connoisseurs won’t be disappointed. Our snacks are just as special – we serve fine, homemade sweets and cookies from a local patisserie.

Enjoying an espresso, Wombat’s co-founder Marcus Praschinger puts it perfectly –

“London really has it all – but a peaceful haven with extraordinarily good coffee, authentic Viennese cosiness and a cosmopolitan, urban atmosphere is truly something unique.”