If you are wondering where to stay in Munich on a budget then look no further. I came to Munich for the first time in July and loved exploring the city, using the wombat’s City Hostel Munich as a base. I stayed here for 4 nights on my first visit and for 2 nights during Oktoberfest so got a good idea of what was going on the hostel. Here is my full wombat’s City Hostel Munich review – do you think it is the best hostel in Munich?
I had a complimentary stay at wombat’s Munich as I am the #wombatsTraveller ambassador for wombat’s Hostels, but I always share my honest opinions so do read on for details of the hostel and my stay there.
About wombat’s Hostels
I’ve spent the last few months working closely with the team at wombat’s, and I love staying at their hostels. I’d previously stayed at wombat’s London which is by far the best hostel in London, and I’d spent a lot of time at the brand new wombat’s hostel in Venice when it opened in July. Wombat’s currently have 6 hostels in Europe, and I’ve stayed at them all. This time it was Munich’s turn, and the usual wombat’s traits of safety, cleanliness, funky décor and social vibe were present here as well.
Where to Stay in Munich
There is no doubt that the old town of Munich is beautiful, but it is also busy and expensive. For convenience, one of the best places to stay in Munich is close to the train station. Wombat’s Hostel in Munich is a stone’s throw from the Munich Hauptbahnhof, so is ideal for arriving in Munich by train, or by plane as the train from the airport also comes directly into the station.
Not only is it convenient to arrive in and leave Munich from the main station, there is also a metro line and several tram lines which connect the station to the rest of the city. And it’s only 17 minutes’ from wombat’s Hostel to Marienplatz, the main town square.
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Safety at wombat’s Hostel Munich
Although the location is extremely convenient, I must admit that it isn’t the prettiest area. When I first arrived, I felt a little uneasy but that quickly disappeared when I realised how safe it was. Munich is a very safe city in general, and I felt safe walking around here (even at night) as there were always plenty of people around. As is usual for wombat’s, guests need a key to access the floors where the rooms are, and the same key will also open your door and your locker if you’re staying in a shared room. As with all hostels, make sure you lock your belongings away in lockers or at reception and don’t leave anything valuable lying around.
Rooms at wombat’s Hostel in Munich
I stayed in a private room here, which was fabulous. I had my own terrace area outside which was lovely as it was a heatwave when I visited! There are only a few bedrooms which have a terrace, so be sure to specifically request one when you book!
All of the rooms (including dorms) have their own bathroom, and the dorm beds all have their own charging socket, light and a little shelf to store your phone and other gubbins, as well as the locker which is only accessible with your key card.
The room did get hot during the day as the sun shone directly on it (it was the peak of summer) but with the windows open it soon cooled down.
Breakfast at wombat’s
Breakfast isn’t included in the standard rate, but you can add it on for a few euros. This will get you access to the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, served from 7.30am to 10.30am every morning. The exact foods may vary but while I was staying there were pretzels, bread, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, jam and other spreads, ham, cheese and even a vegetarian section with hummus and falafel which was seriously addictive, even at that time of the morning! Filling up on breakfast will mean you may be able to skip lunch, so is a great option if you’re backpacking Munich on a budget!
Facilities at wombat’s Hostel Munich
If don’t want to have breakfast provided, you can rustle up your own food in the guest kitchen, which has cooking hobs, a grill and microwave and is well-equipped to cook your own meals. There is also a vending machine with drinks and snacks (including Haribo sweets which are everywhere in Munich!).
There is a laundry here too, check at reception for instructions and if you need change.
There is wifi throughout the building, which worked fine on my first day there – unfortunately there was a major problem and it wasn’t working for the rest of my stay but that is fixed now.
Social Areas in the wombat’s City Hostel Munich
The reception area has some seating where you can chill out or wait to check-in, and there is a large indoor patio area with sofas, seats and tables where you can eat, read, snooze etc. There is air-conditioning there so if it is very hot it’s a nice respite.
The womBARs are legendary, and a free drinks voucher on check-in is the perfect excuse to head down to the bar and meet fellow travellers. The voucher will get you a small beer, a glass of wine or a juice, so even if you don’t want alcohol it’s still nice to be sociable. There is a party vibe to the hostel, although that depends on who is staying of course. Sometimes tour groups turn a quiet night into a party with beer pong, other nights it is more relaxed with people chatting and playing pool.
Activities at the Hostel
There is usually something going on at the hostel, from free walking tours to yoga classes, tours to Neuschwanstein Castle and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. In the bar, chances are that someone will be playing pool, beer pong or just be up for a chat. I was planning on taking the free walking tour, but it doesn’t run every day so check the times and days of the events in reception. I did take the Neuschwanstein Castle Tour, which was a magical place to visit but I found the timings to be very rushed – I’d suggest coming back on a later train than the one we took (full review of that coming soon!)
Is wombat’s City Hostel the Best Hostel in Munich?
I would say so, yes! If you don’t believe me, you can also see their reviews on Hostelworld, where wombat’s is currently rated 9.1 from over 24,000 traveller reviews. I certainly enjoyed my stay there, so if you’re looking for hostels in Munich then do check it out!
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