For the 8th consecutive year now, wombat’s VIENNA The Lounge is an official model accommodation for the MQVFW.18. The Fashion Week takes place in Museum Quartier, just a 10 minute stroll from either of the wombat’s CITY HOSTELS in Vienna and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It has become an ever growing event, that may not yet put Vienna in the focus of the fashion world as the fashion weeks in Paris, Milano and London do. But it definitely puts fashion in the focus of Vienna, as the creative fashion designers and fashionistas of the region gather and mix with an international audience. It’s this mingle that creates a great personal, yet professional atmosphere. Over 10.000 guests visited the shows last year and many recurring visitors came back for the shops. The shows feature local labels, viennese design schools, as well as reknown international brands. As special thing about MQVFW is the long term cooperation with designers from Thailand. In short, the MQ Vienna Fashion Week is a hidden gem in the fashion world and would definitely add a great, authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience to your stay in Vienna.
Feel the LOVE
At wombat’s we’re also celebrating an anniversary, our 20th year in business. To honor these coinciding anniveraries we decided to bring a little bit of Fashion Week to our Hostel at the Naschmarkt as well. We’re hosting the pop-up store of an upcoming, Austrian Label at wombat’s VIENNA Naschmarkt.
LOVE Skate- Snowboards and Clothing brings their urban wear to wombat’s. The pop-up store is just next to reception and our cosy chill out corner. From Monday 10th to Sunday 16th you can shop in our Hostel Lobby. With Love Distribution we have a lovely, urban brand on board. The shop will be open daily: 9.00am-11.30am and 14.00pm-8.00pm
What’s your favourite travel outfit?
Let us know and WIN TICKETS for the MQ Vienna Fashion Week! Just post a picture or video of your favourite travel outfit (or the best possible outfit you can put together at the moment) on Instagram until Friday 1pm cet. Don’t forget to follow @wombatshostels and tag #MQVFW18 so we can find you. The winners will be informed via private message.
Meet Mariana, last year’s winner and a real connoisseur of hostel and travel fashion:
Our local runner-ups 2017 were lucky and also got tickets, Leandra and Denise enjoyed their visit to MQVFW17:
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Did you know that Vienna is one of the most interesting cities to discover street art in Europe?
Its scene is buzzing and renowned artists from all over the world come here to leave their artwork visible for everyone walking through the 23 districts.
You thought Vienna was all about the former Habsburg empire, castles and monuments from the past?
Get to know the other side, the modern urban Vienna. Take a walk with us starting from our two hostels in Vienna!
Around Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna THE LOUNGE
Our hostel located right next to the Westbahnhof train station is just a short walk away from some impressive murals!
Felberstraße 1, 1150
Artists: Cyrcle. / Gaia (USA), curated by Cash, Cans & Candy, a project by Gallery Ernst Hilger
Cyrcle. and Gaia left this gigantic piece on a parking garage, curated by the street art and mural festival Cash, Cans & Candy, a project by Gallery Ernst Hilger in 2014.
Just a few minutes away, on the other side of Westbahnhof, you’ll find Aldo Giannotti’s work ‘Buildings on Buildings #3’ (2017), curated by KÖR, an institution for art in public space.
Grangasse 6, 1150
Artist: Aldo Giannotti (Italy/Austria), curated by KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien
Did you find it? Take a closer look if you’re still looking for the art 😉
Fun fact: This building used to be our former hostel ‘The Base’.
Walk a bit further down into Schwendergasse and you’ll find the Schwendergasse Public Gallery. The whole street gets repainted by street artists during festivals taking place every once in a while.
Schwendergasse 2, 1150
Artists: SKIRL, FRIEND, RUIN, Perk_up (Austria), curated by Improper Walls, Jan Arnold Gallery, Block44, Spot The Dot, Schwendergasse Public Gallery
At the moment you can see artwork raising awareness for skin cancer, painted by some of the most active local artists, SKIRL, FRIEND, RUIN, Perk_up.
The street right next to it, the hip Reindorfgasse, hosts the young contemporary art gallery Improper Walls that’s very worth checking out!
Hungry now? Get some of Vienna’s cheapest pizza at Pizzeria Mafiosi and on the way pass by this amazing mural by nita.
Reindorfgasse 31, 1150
Artist: nita. (Austria), curated by Improper Walls
Let’s walk back in direction of the city center and stop at the Gürtel avenue.
At the height of underground station U6 Gumpendorfer Straße you’ll find the following artworks:
Untergrundbahn Bogen 6, 1060
Artist: Cix (Mexico), curated by iOnArt in association with KunstBOGEN
Watch the making-of and interview of this mural by Mehsos:
Artist: Mehsos (Belgium), curated by iOnArt in association with KunstBOGEN, Vienna Murals
Around Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna THE NASCHMARKT
Our hostel next to the Naschmarkt food market is located right in Vienna’s mural epicenter.
Be sure to grab a bite and even free food samples at some of the countless food stands and restaurants.
Right next to the restaurant NENI you’ll find some great street art pieces.
Naschmarkt 510, 1060
Artist: Hoxxoh (USA)
Artists: Dede, Nitzan Mintz (Israel), curated by Jan Arnold Gallery & LEAP Art Prints
On Sundays or at night when the shutters close, there’s even more to discover!
Keep walking towards Falcostiege (the second exit of U4 Kettenbrückengasse station) and find a rotating wall right now showing pieces by Australian artist Lushsux, portraying celebrities and instagram-starlets. Find Falco (Amadeus) and Eminem.
Falcostiege / Rechte Wienzeile 2a, 1050
Artist: Lushsux (Australia), curated by: Jan Arnold Gallery, MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien, Q21, in association with Burggasse 98, Oxymoron, KARMA RAMEN
Nearby Magdalenenstraße be impressed by the gigantic piece ‘Imperishable Relics’ by Evoca1.
Magdalenenstraße 12, 1060
Artist: Evoca1 (Dominican Republic / USA) – ‘Imperishable Relics’, curated by INOPERAbLE
Just a few minutes further down, you’ll see this piece by Stinkfish and RUIN and right next to it an artwork by Helmut Kand und die Mauersegler.
Hofmühlgasse 12, 1060
Artists: Stinkfish (Colombia/Mexico), RUIN (Austria), curated by Calle Libre – Festival for Urban Aesthetics
Artists: Helmut Kand (Austria) und die Mauersegler – Kurt Neuhold, Arturo Peña-Velarde, Christine Ulm – ‘Des Malers Sechste’
Standing in front of them, turn around and find a piece by Mr.WOODLAND in Sandwirtgasse 6.
Sandwirtgasse 6, 1060
Artist: Mr.WOODLAND (Germany) curated by Calle Libre – Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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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:
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.
It’s almost hard to imagine travelling these days without having your mobile or internet-enabled device constantly within arms reach. Being able to look up directions or top attractions in seconds has made travelling easier, but it’s also led to a more solitary experience. Should you happen to lose your mobile charger, or heaven forbid, your device itself, we’ve got some suggestions for things to do in a hostel without your electronic BFF.
Photo: Gaby Domanski
Read a book
Remember those? Before eReaders became a travel essential the analogue version was the go-to for filling up one’s spare time. If you have an eReader then you’ve likely stocked up on literature, saving valuable luggage space. But if you don’t, most hostels have a book exchange just waiting to be perused. Don’t forget to leave a little note on the inside of your newly discovered book for the next traveller to enjoy.
Another staple of any good hostel is a selection of well-worn boardgames. At the very least, you can usually track down a deck of cards. Get together your roommates or some random folks from a common area and release your inner competitor. The international appeal of a deck of cards means you’ll likely end up learning a new game or two by the end of the evening.
Write a postcard
Photo: Gaby Domanski
Who doesn’t like to open their post box to a nice surprise from a loved one? Sure it might not be the quickest way to keep the gang back home updated about your crazy adventures, but there’s something super endearing about a handwritten note on the back of a scenic view. If you’re staying at any of the wombat’s Hostels, you can pick from a range of postcards right at the reception and even pick some stamps up too.
Cook a group dinner
They say the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Why not make some new friends by organizing a potluck dinner, or even just making a bit extra of a shareable meal? Whether each member of the group contributes a dish popular in their own country, or you pool your resources together to prepare an epic taco night, a lot of memories can be made over a tasty dinner.
Hit the bar
It probably goes without saying, but an easy way to pass the time and meet new people, is over a few cold beverages in the hostel bar. The prices are often cheaper than hitting the town and the crowd is usually on the same page (i.e. looking to exchange adventure stories and travel tips, and likely to party the night away).
As much as having a mobile while travelling has it’s uses, sometimes it’s good to embrace the digital detox. So tuck away your gadget and venture out of your room to enjoy all that your hostel has to offer and maybe meet some new IRL pals in the process.
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It’s not common to everybody – some need a little help
Recently we have been sitting together at wombat’s head office and had a chat about good old times. 9 out of 11 officers have a vivid wombat’s history, having started at wombat’s as a receptionist or bartender. We all know how to hostel and how to travel. Everybody can come up with a silly story or with a top ten of stupid questions. It’s shocking how many people don’t know how to do the most basic things in life, when they are already out there exploring the globe. For years we have been wondering about people who came up to reception and tried to make us believe, that their duvets wouldn’t fit into their covers. Only to find out, that they tried to stuff them into the pillowcase. Once five guys came to the hostel bar paying drinks and cheering for a sixth guy, who turned out to be a Marine. Bartenders thought it was a stag do or a birthday party, but it turned out this guy just helped the others to make their bed, as they were struggling hard.
All of us had a moment when we were surprised by somebody in his twenties, confessing that he had never made his bed before. The tons of questions regarding laundry. Or more specific the simple use of a washing machine. Some guests attempted to bribe receptionists to do the laundry for them. We once had a guy who spent a whole day waiting in the lobby and everytime he noticed, that somebody was changing money for the laundry at reception, he jumped at them and asked if they could do his laundry too. He broke into tears when our receptionists kindly told him to do his laundry himself and even offered him detailed instructions. He was just too afraid to shrink his clothes.
How to travel
Yet there are also less particular questions and topics, that our fellow travellers need some explaination for. Questions like ‘How does public transport work here?’ or ‘Which is the strongest Cocktail in your bar?’ or ‘What’s the easiest way to see most of the sights here?’.
So we decided to dedicate part of our video content and a whole section of our Youtube Channel to this help content. Subscribe and we’ll keep you posted and entertained with a little help video every other week. Our coworkers won’t run out of funny hostel stories to tell.
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Well, if you’re a fan of the genre, you may answer this question with a simple, “what can you not expect in hostels?”, right? If you’ve visited enough hostels, you’re likely not easily surprised by anything. Still, most people don’t connect hostels to models or fashion. Reason enough for us to be proud of one of our longest lasting, continuous collaborations. For the seventh year now, we are an official model accommodation for the MQ Vienna Fashion Week.
What’s your favourite travel outfit?
The MQ Vienna Fashion Week and wombat’s CITY Hostels will take you to the fashion shows if you can answer this question with a photo or a video.
We gave away two MQVFW17 Special Guest Tickets, with access to the VIP Area including free accommodation at wombat’s CITY HOSTELS The Lounge and travel costs. In addition we rewarded two local contributions with a Day Pass for two and 1st row reservations at the MQVFW17.
Meet Mariana, our winner and a real connoisseur of hostel and travel fashion:
Our local runner-ups, Leandra and Denise also enjoyed their visit to MQVFW17:
Vienna’s public open air Film Festival offers classical and modern cultural highlights in front of City Hall in Vienna until September 3rd. It’s not just about sitting in front of a huge screen and watching concerts and operas. There’s also a decent food court featuring 22 restaurants and food outlets open daily from 11am ’til midnight. But not a sign of fast food in sight, as all dishes will be freshly prepared. The emphasis is on foods of organic origin from the region.
Close to the underground stations Rathaus (U2) and Volkstheater (U3/U2) it’s easy to reach within 25 minutes from any wombat’s CITY HOSTEL in Vienna. If you don’t make it to Vienna by September maybe you’d like to visit Viennale, Vienna’s most famous Film Festival.
The program for the last week:
28.08.2017 20:30 110 min.
Nussknacker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Jahr: 2015 Music-Programm TCHAIKOVSKY I SVEN KACIREK: The Nutcracker Sessions (Naive NV 832411CD) Solisten: Marianna Barabas, George Oliveira, Alexis Oliveira, Stephan Bourgond, Alvaro Prieto Aufführungsort: Grimaldi Forum
29.08.2017 20:30 96 min.
Mumford & Sons: Dust and Thunder Music-Programm ERNST MOLDEN: schdrom (Monkey MON 136CD) Interpreter: Mumford & Sons
30.08.2017 20:30 205 min.
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Dirigent: Victor Pablo Pérez. Jahr: 2005 Music-Programm MOZART I ISABELLE FAUST / IL GIARDINO ARMONICO: Violinkonzerte CD 1 (Harmonia Mundi HMC 902230) Solisten: Carlos Álvarez, Maria Bayo, Lorenzo Regazzo Orchester: Madrid Symphony Orchestra Aufführungsort: Teatro Real, Madrid
31.08.2017 20:30 132 min.
George Michael – Live in Lodon 2008 Music-Programm RALPH TOWNER: My Foolish Heart (ECM 2516CD) Interpreter: George Michael Aufführungsort: Earls Court, London
01.09.2017 20:35 158 min.
Carmen Georges Bizet. Dirigent: Andris Nelsons. Jahr: 2010 Solisten: Nadia Krasteva, Massimo Giordano, Anna Netrebko, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo Orchester: Wiener Staatsoper Aufführungsort:Wiener Staatsoper
Streetparade VIENNA SUMMERBREAK FESTIVAL
03.09.2017 20:35 20 min.
Musikkurzfilme für Kinder – Highlights der Vienna Shorts Agentur Music-Prigramm BRUNO COCSET & LES BASSES REUNIES: Give Me Your Hand – Geminiani & The Celtic Earth (ALPHA 276CD)
03.09.2017 20.50 60 min.
Musik im Film – Highlights der Viena Shorts Agentur various types of music and pictures
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Come to Vienna this June and join over 3 million visitors in seeing 2,000 performers at the Danube Island Festival! The dates of the festival are 23 to 25 June 2017.
Danube Island Festival
International headliners such as Mando Diao and Moop Mama mix with German stars like Fettes Brot and Austrian artists, p.e. Julian le Play and Der Nino aus Wien. Saturday will feature a Falco Tribute on the main stages. There will also be activities and events like speed climbing, volleyball, sailboat races, and a Freestyle Mountain Bike Show.
There will be over 250 vendor stands where you can get delicious food and beer. You can also bring your own beer (if it’s in cans, not bottles), as well as your own food.
Read more on the Vienna tourism site (English) and the Danube Island Festival’s website (German). In the Vienna underground stations, you can also usually find a free newspaper that has a map of the event. You might want to pick up one of those maps, because the festival is several kilometers long.
Hope to see you there!
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Vienna 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.
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).
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.
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Looking to get some spectacular views of the Austrian capital of Vienna, see heaps of great historical sights and meet fellow travellers? No problem, our free Vienna walking tour or womwalk has it all for you – for free!
The walk starts at our wombats CITY HOSTEL “The Naschmarkt”, where you meet up with other travellers taking part. Our certified city guide Charles takes you on a tour through famous Viennese sights like the Naschmarkt, the Seccession and the Opera, giving you first class background information. For time schedules, please ask at the reception! The walk lasts about 2-2.5 hours and leaves you in the city centre at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where you can explore the 1st district. The participation in the womwalk is free and an exclusive service to travellers staying at wombat’s CITY HOSTELs.
We’ve had excellent feedback from guests who’ve participated thus far. The womwalk has proved to be a great opportunity to get a first impression of the city and meet other travellers from around the world. A perfect start to your wombat’s experience!
For more information don’t hesitate to contact our reception staff in the hostels. We are looking forward to walk with you!
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