190 vintners produce more than 25,000 hectoliters yearly with 700 hectares of vineyards. Did you know that Vienna is the only European capital with a serious wine production within its city limits? One might add that the wine consumption in Vienna is just as serious. It is no coincidence that the words Wien (German for Vienna) and Wein (German for vine) are so similar.

White wine from Vienna

White wine from Vienna has an especially high reputation. The Grüner Veltliner is the popular choice and a no-brainer to order. If you want to show off your knowledge, order the Gemischter Satz. It is another Viennese white wine specialty produced with different grapes. Up to 20 different grape varieties are planted in the same vineyard, then harvested and pressed together. Take a sip and pretend that the difference in taste to a cuvee is more than obvious. 😎

The Gemischter Satz was originally a method to protect vineyards from poor harvests. The higher the variety of grape the lower the risk of an overall bad year. Now, this wine is experiencing something of a renaissance and is the hip traveller’s choice.

Heurigen in Vienna

A special place to drink local wine from Vienna is the traditional Heurigen. It’s a kind of tavern with basic food and a focus on drinking. Sounds good, right? But be aware that visiting a Heurigen in the heart of the most famous Heurigen-district, Grinzing, is similar to visiting the Piazza San Marco in Venice, the Eiffel tower in Paris or Venice Beach in Los Angeles. You will have to find your way between tourist buses.

Take your time and travel to the outskirts of Heurigen-land. The more remote a Heurigen is from the city center, the higher the chance that it will be authentic and basic.

We highly recommend hiking between and along the vineyards. It’s a stunning experience to be in a natural, green environment whilst still in a metropolis. Hiking also offers spectacular views over Vienna. Unforgettable – even with some glasses of Gemischter Satz after the hike.

Go for it! We’ve got some routes for you:

Neustift am Walde – Sievering
Take the bus 35A to Neustift am Walde.
Path length: 1,6 km

Sievering – Gspöttgraben – Winery Cobenzl
From the terminus of bus line 39A.
Path length: 2,3 km

Winery Cobenzl – Grinzing
Approach with bus 38A to parking lot Cobenzl.
Path length: 1,6 km

Grinzing – Nußdorf
Access from the terminus of tram 38: 500 m.
Path length: 5,3 km

Along these routes you may find places where you happen to be the only tourist. 😉
Enjoy!

WE’RE UNLOCKING VIENNA AGAIN!

 We were already awarded the “Cleanest Hostel Worldwide” long before Corona was around (Vienna 2003, Munich 2004).

Our experience and know-how will contribute to your safe stay. To celebrate our reopening we have prepared our GOOD VIBE SPECIAL, uniquely tailored for you and for these unusual times.

Booking during COVID-19

👉  Our GOOD VIBE SPECIAL is valid from now on and extends to every booking until the end of the year!

PHYSICAL DISTANCE – SOCIAL CONNECTION

– Of course, All HYGIENE RULES are strictly observed.

– Everyone gets their OWN BUNK BED, our dormitories are only half occupied.

– Double private rooms available.

– People who travel together will be accommodated in one dorm.

– À LA CARTE BREAKFAST with advance booking ensures a safe, clean breakfast experience.

– Our WOMBAR is adapted with distance markers – for safer fun at Pub Quiz, Movie Nights and Mario Kart tournaments.

FLEXIBLE BOOKING

-FLEX NON REFUNDABLE RATE: Even bookings with our lowest fares can now be rescheduled!

-FULLY FLEX: Cancellation possible until 24 hours before your stay!

SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL TIMES

-FREE WALKING TOURS: Vienna Street Art, Vienna cemeteries, Spooky “Crime & Murder in the City” Night Tour, Art Gallery Tour, Gastronomy Tours (Vienna cuisine, Coffee house Insights, Brewery visit).

Depending on your preferences we offer the tours flexible and free of charge!

WOMBAT’S STANDARDS #businessunusual

-Cleanliness, safety, cool staff & cool vibes – all reasons why we have been voted “Best Hostel Chain” 6 times by more than 900,000 travellers worldwide.

-In-House Bike and E-Scooter rental

-Easy arrival by train and subway

If you have any questions write to goodvibesvienna@wombats.eu or call the Good Vibes Line +43 676 571 20 27 between 10:00 and 17:00.

Thanks again for your support and nice messages! Stay safe! 💛

First things first: we are extremely sorry for any delays in handling your requests. As you can imagine this is a crazy time. We are used to keeping doors open for all our guests but for the first time in 20 years we’ve had to deal with closing doors.

Please also understand that due to the ongoing changes in official measures and regulations, we are still not able to answer all of your questions. Having said that, we want to share with you what we have been able to arrange so far.

What happens with my Booking?
Of course, we understand if you want to cancel your stay at Wombat’s. We encourage you to reschedule your stay and would like to thank you if you do so with a free good vibe breakfast and of course our traditional welcome drink!

Can I get a refund for my booking?
As we handle each request individually (and we had to handle thousands of bookings in the last couple of weeks!), we cannot give you a general answer. If you have already contacted us regarding a refund, thank you for your patience! We’d like to apologise again if we’ve kept you waiting.

But at least there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Because…

When does my favourite hostel reopen?
Our Hostels in Vienna are scheduled for re-opening on the 29th of May! Further our Hostel in Munich open its doors on the 30th of May!

To whom can I write my problems?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Here you can find all our destinations.

We can’t wait to be back! We will keep you updated through our social media channels and will update this post as soon as we have new information about further progress in your Wombat’s world.

Thank you for all of your encouraging messages and for your understanding!
Stay safe!

Your Wombat’s Crew
#businessunusual #createourfuturenow

Christmas away from home can be hard for some people. Fortunately, Wombat’s Vienna did everything they could to make it feel like being home for my holidays last year. Upon arriving on Christmas Eve, there was a nice Christmas tree, and Christmas cookies at reception. I love Christmas cookies, so this already made me extremely happy!

Wombat’s Vienna Naschmarkt is a stone’s throw from the U-Bahn station, making my walk through the Austrian winter extremely short, which I very much appreciated. There is also an open air market right across the street, which has dozens of shops to buy warm food and groceries. After I checked in, the friendly staff gave me two free drink tickets (bonus!) and informed me that because it was Christmas Eve, they would be serving a warm punch at the bar tonight for free. Who needs presents when you have warm punch?

I decided to go on the free walking tour Wombat’s has the next day. It was extremely cold out, but there was still a big group bundled up and ready to go! Our tour guide showed us around to a lot of the local sights, and I made friends with a few of my tour buddies!

Vienna is a beautiful, charming city and happens to be home of the original Wiener Schnitzel! There are several restaurants that specialize in schnitzel, so I would advise to do your research to decide which one to go to! Figlmüller seems to be the most popular, but make sure to make reservations in advance, as it fills up very quickly! I would also recommend enjoying some delicious Viennese coffee while you are there.

Nightlife is pretty diverse in Vienna, so I asked the Wombat’s staff where to go based on my preferences. Turns out Christmas in Vienna has some special options in terms of nightlife. They had some great insight and made some recommendations that turned out to be just what I was looking for. I also spent some time at a couple of the Christmas markets, which are my favorite part of Europe in December. Nothing beats a mug of Glühwein (warm mulled wine) when it’s snowing outside.

It was cool to finally visit one of the original Wombat’s on my trip around Europe. There is definitely a Wombat’s theme, but each location has their own local flare. The most common similarities though, are the fantastic locations (both to public transport and activities) and the amazingly friendly staff. Thanks for making my Christmas in Vienna one to remember!

In Austria the Christmas spirit begins to creep in during November. That’s when the first Christmas markets open. Vienna has an enormous variety of Christmas markets to offer. Actually it seems there’s one Vienna Christmas market around the corner no matter where you are and indeed you don’t have to walk far from one to another in Vienna’s city center. You can either follow the sweet fragrance of chestnut, gingerbread and alcoholic punch or you can ask the receptionists at your wombat’s CITY HOSTEL for directions and recommendations. Normally, Christmas markets are more expensive and touristy the closer they are to Vienna’s main sights, like the city hall or Schönbrunn palace. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you visit Vienna as a tourist and carry enough cash :).  Those locations also make for really nice photos, with the sites and monuments all lit up and decorated.

The slightly hidden markets, like the one at Spittelberg, are normally populated by locals. Especially at Museumsquartier and Altes AKH you’ll meet students and young locals. It is actually a habit among Austrians to visit a Christmas market to drink some punch (Punsch) or mulled wine (Glühwein) before you go out. In some places you have many different versions of Glühwein or punch, but the main concept is always the same: Hot alcohol (in case of Glühwein, hopefully wine) and spices mixed with more spirits. Looking for inspiration? Here are the most important Christmas markets with directions and opening hours in Vienna:

Vienna Christmas World at the Christmas Market

15 November – 26 December 2019
Su-Th 10.00 am – 9.30 pm, Fr & Sa 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
December 24, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
December 25+26, 11.00 am – 9.30 pm
Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
wienerweihnachtstraum.at

Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien-Platz

20 November – 26 December 2019
Su-Th 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fr & Sa 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
24 December 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
25+26 December 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
New Year’s Village 27 December 2019 – 6 January 2020
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, 31 December 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace

22 November – 31 December 2019
Mo-Fr 11:00 am – 9:00 pm,
Sa, Su & hols. 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
24 December 11:00 am – 4 pm
25 + 26 December 11:00 am – 7 pm, 31 December 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Christmas Village in the Altes AKH

15 November – 23 December 2019
Mo-We 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm,
Th-Fr 2.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sa 11.00 am – 11.00 pm, Su 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Alserstrasse/Spitalgasse, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market

16 November – 23 December 2019
Daily from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Freyung, 1010 Vienna
www.altwiener-markt.at

Am Hof Advent Market

15 November – 23 December 2019
Mo-Th 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fr-Su & hols. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, food until 10:00 pm
Am Hof, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt-hof.at

Christmas Market & New Year’s Market, Schönbrunn Palace

23 November – 26 December 2019
Daily from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
24 December 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 25-26 December 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
New Year’s Market 27 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
Daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Art Advent – Art & Crafts at Karlsplatz

22 November – 23 December 2019
Daily from 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm, food until 9:00 pm
Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna
www.artadvent.at

Christmas Market at Spittelberg

14 November – 23 December 2019
Mo-Th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fr 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sa 10:00 noon – 9:30 pm, Su & hols. 10:00 noon – 9:00 pm
Spittelberggasse, Schrankgasse, Gutenberggasse, 1070 Vienna
www.spittelberg.at

Winter Market at Riesenradplatz

16 November 2019 – 6 January 2020
Mo-Fr 12.00 noon – 10.00 pm
Sa, Su & hols. 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
24 December 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, 31 December 12.00 noon – 2.00 am
Riesenradplatz, 1020 Vienna
www.wintermarkt.at/wintermarkt

Christmas Market at Stephansplatz

15 November – 26 December 2019
Daily from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
24 December 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, 25-26 December 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Stephansplatz/towards Churhausgasse, 1010 Vienna
www.weihnachtsdorf.at

 

source: wien.info

If you’re visiting Vienna these days you’ll have to face moody autumn weather. Maybe the best way to escape fog and rain is to take advantage of the Viennale, Austria’s most important Film Festival. As The Guardian once commented on the Viennale: If the prime purpose of a film festival is to open up exciting new vistas and present work one is unlikely to see elsewhere, then Vienna in autumn is the place to be.So you obviously chose the right place to be.

The international Film Festival takes place since 1960 and offers a broad spectrum of artistic movies from around the globe. Many movies are shown in original language (subtitled in german). Commonly it is known for the variety of movies, serving the needs of main stream and more critical minded cineasts. This year, the programme has been restructured and the Vienna Film Festival is showing 300 international films of various genres, from historical to contemporary over mainstream to arthouse cinema.

The Viennale 2019 takes place from October 24th until November 6th. Participating cinemas are Metro, Filmmuseum, Stadtkino Künstlerhaus, Urania and Gartenbaukino. All of them are places with a unique atmosphere and wonderful charme located in the city center. Every single one is easily reachable from every Wombat’s The City Hostel in Vienna. A special goodie is the retrospective in Vienna’s Filmmuseum. The Viennale retrospective shows movies from previous editions of the festival. By the way, the Filmmuseum is worth a visit at any time of the year. For additional information, directions and most importantly the festival’s program check out their website www.viennale.at