Riesenrad & Prater, Vienna

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    Riesenrad & Prater: Prater, a marvel world at night

    by Fam.Rauca Written Aug 21, 2005

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    Prater, a marvel world at night.
    It is almost impossible to get to Vienna and to overlook the Prater.
    This wonderful park is very much in the day admired, but also in the night.
    The handsome, colored highlight, it does that all becomes more mysterious.

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    Riesenrad & Prater: Fun, fun, fun

    by longsanborn Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)

    The Prater is one of the oldest amusement theme park in Europe. It boasts more than 250 attractions - from Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) to ghost trains, merry-go-rounds, go-cart rinks, arcades, and stands for games of skill to ultra-modern rides that pump your adrenaline (and yourself) to lofty heights. Plus, there are restaurants, cafés, snack bars, and beer gardens to cater to your hunger and thirst. In summer, it is packed with family and children, teenagers, and tourists.

    Many people regard the Vienna Prater as just another fun-fair. However, it is a Viennese institution, like the coffee houses or the Heuriger (wine taverns). Its landmark is the 65 metre high Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad). In the Riesenrad, which was built in 1896, you can literally float in the sky as you enjoy from great heights the lovely view of the old city of Vienna and the Prater amusement park. The Riesenrad is an art nouveau luxury carriage, furnished like an old Viennese coffeehouse.

    Dress Code: You can dress in whatever you like. Opening times for most of the attractions in the Prater are from the beginning of March to the end of October - from morning to midnight. Some attractions (ghost trains and grotto railways, dodgems, cafes and restaurants) are open throughout the year. The Giant Ferris Wheel is open from February to November and around New Years.

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    Riesenrad & Prater: Experience the Prater

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 2, 2007

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    panoramic wheel at night

    The Vienna Prater is permanent amusement park with more than 250 sorts of merry-go-rounds, roller coasters and other attractions. There’s something fro everyone, adults and children – if you like this sort of things. Otherwise it’s just a nice place to stroll about at night and people watch. Right behind the amusement park you can find the “Green Prater”: a beautifu park where one can relax and rest.

    The symbol of the Prater, and of Vienna, too, is the Riesenrad (the giant ferry wheel), which dates back to 1896-97. It’s very slow and, apparently, very scenic – a turn takes about 30 minutes to complete; the best views of the city are during the day, but the wheel itself is more scenic at night, when it’s all lit up.

    Dress Code: Casual/normal clothes. A camera is a must, especially during the day, on the panoramic wheel

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    Riesenrad & Prater: A night with the other tourists

    by Pavlik_NL Written May 27, 2006

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    View from the Prater Giant Wheel

    In the Prater park, where the giant wheel turns and a lot of other fair attractions can be found, not many people from Vienna will be met. This is a popular spot for tourists, that are dropped here by busloads. Anyway, the Austrian people are not that famous for their nightlife, but the metropolitan city people of Vienna are not like the other Austrians that much. Prater park and surrounding recreational buildings (Cinema, Theatre and Concerthall) are quite fun to go to for an evening.

    Dress Code: Casual, as it is not the Vienna Opera! (-:

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    Riesenrad: Riesenrad / Giant Wheel / Ferris Wheel

    by globetrott Updated Aug 10, 2012

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    Riesenrad ( Giant Wheel / Ferris Wheel )

    Go there when the evening comes in order to see the sundown or the lights all over town from above !

    The Riesenrad will operate until around midnight, when also the Prater will close down.

    Dress Code: No special dresscode required and it is also not necessary to get an extra pullover or so, because the cabins are all closed and in winter also a bit heated !

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    Go to the Volksgarten...

    by Teve Written Aug 25, 2002

    Go to the Volksgarten amusement park if you want fun! It's over 100 years old and has a huge Ferris wheel.

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