London calling! We are so excited and happy to welcome you back to Wombat’s London from August 1st!

Although there are still some pending issues about the city’s reopening to travellers, we at Wombat’s already know exactly which SAFETY FEATURES you can expect:

  • After departure, no check-in to the same room for a minimum of 24h to ensure maximum cleanliness and safety (certified cleaning with disinfection).
  • Guaranteed social distancing with plexiglas shielding and floor markings.
  • Rooms filled to a maximum of 50% capacity (with exceptions for families or small groups traveling together).
  • Pre-packed breakfast.
  • Free face masks.

We are benefiting from the post-Covid experience gained in our other Wombat’s Hostels that have already reopened.
Of course, there will also be a few London specials such as a Corona safe, open-air Yoga class on our roof terrace, as well as our in-house bike rental. Our legendary bar quiz will now be played with an app; that way, you can also join-in from your room to ensure your safety. ;-)

Still not sure? Maybe we can help you with even more FLEXIBLE BOOKING:

FLEX NON REFUNDABLE RATE: Now even our lowest-rate bookings can be rescheduled!
FULLY FLEX: Cancellation possible until 24 hours before your stay!

Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon! 🤙🏻

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!

Unfortunately there is not only justice in this world and not everybody is blessed with health. Sadly, some people and families have to deal with severe strokes of fate that they cannot cope with on their own.
For this reason, we would like to pay tribute to the great work of Vienna’s mobile children’s hospice MOMO, which provides medical and psychosocial support to severely ill children aged 0-18 and their families. MOMO was founded in March 2013 by Caritas, CS Caritas Socialis and the mobile children’s nursing service MOKI-Wien. Since then, MOMO has cared for more than 314 families and it has been possible to help every family that needs help! Support from MOMO is free of charge, regardless of how often MOMO employees come to the families and how long they stay. The children’s hospice depends in large part on the support of voluntary donors.

We are very proud of our partnership with MOMO since June this year and now support the children’s hospice financially with 1000€ per year. A big thank you goes to Michaela Dimitriewicz, the wife of one of Wombat’s founders Sascha, who has been volunteering for MOMO for many years and has made us aware of this great institution! We would also like to praise all the other MOMO employees for their great work and their commitment and look forward to continuing our cooperation!

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

film-festival-rathausplatz

Vienna’s public open air Film Festival

Vienna’s public open air Film Festival offers classical and modern cultural highlights in front of City Hall in Vienna until September 1st. 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 26 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:

27.08.2019         20:30       97 min.

Juan Diego Flórez: Bésame Mucho
Komponist: Consuelo Velázquez, Tomás Méndez, Joseíto Fernández u.a. Dirigent: Jonathan Bolívar
Music-Programm
Solisten: Juan Diego Flórez
Orchester: Juan Diego Flórez & Band
Aufführungsort: Wiener Konzerthaus

28.08.2019        20:30        163 min.

Salzburger Festspiele 2018: L’Italiana in Algeri
Komponist: Gioacchino Rossini. Dirigent: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Music-Programm
Solisten: Cecilia Bartoli, Ildar Abdrazakov, Edgardo Rocha, Alessandro Corbelli, José Coca Loza, Rebeca Olvera
Orchester: Ensemble Matheus, Philharmonia Chor Wien

29.08.2019       20:30        68 min.

Imagine: John & Yoko
Jahr: 1971
Music-Programm
Soloists: John Lennon, Yoko Ono

29.08.2019        21:40       67 min.

Amy Winehouse – Live from Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Jahr: 2007
Music-Programm
Solisten: Amy Winehouse
Aufführungsort: Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

30.08.2019        17:00       79 min.

Ritter Parceval
Komponist: Henrik Albrecht, Musik nach Motiven von Richard Wagner. Jahr: 2018
Music-Programm
Solisten: Alina Wunderlin, Flurina Stucki, Elisabeth Birgmeier, Marcel Brunner, Johannes Mooser
Orchester: Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker, Stipendiaten der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, Gesangssolisten baden-württembergischer Musikhochschulen
Aufführungsort: Berliner Philharmonie

30.08.2019        20:30        90 min.

Jubiläumskonzert 150 Jahre Wiener Staatsoper
Komponist: Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Beethoven, Tschaikowski. Jahr: 2019
Music-Programm
Solisten: Roberto Alagna, Benjamin Bernheim, Olga Bezsmertna, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Günther Groissböck, Tomasz Konieczny, Aleksandra Kurzak, Valentina Nafornita, Camilla Nylund, Erwin Schrott, Nina Stemme, Sonya Yoncheva.
Aufführungsort: Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz, Wien

31.08.2019          20:30        104 min.

Der Dritte Mann
Jahr:1949
Diverses
Solisten: Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee

01.09.2019        20:30        60 min.

Musikkurzfilme – Highlights des VIS Vienna Shorts Festivals
short movies

Weblinks:

http://www.filmfestival-rathausplatz.at/en/filmprogram/

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/