Prater's a traditional Viennese amusement park, opened to the public by Emperor Joseph II in 1766. Among other things, you can ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel built by Walter Basset in 1896/97 or on the Lilliput Steamtrain.
The Café Restaurant Luftburg is an oasis of fun, dining and drinking in the heart of historic Vienna. Enter the haunted house, if you dare. Put the kids on the swinging Superman or the indoor Roundup. Prater is a retro-chic carnivale in a city with both modern and ancient roots that are evident in the parks, architecture, music, food and customs.
Deffinitely take in the Luftburg one night in Vienna. Order yourselves some worst and a swine hax with the mustards and the horseradish. Drink a liter mug of Budweiser Budvar (not from AB, but the original Bud from Czech Republic). When you do so, it is best, I find, to sit outside so you can look up to the same stars Wolfgang and Ludwig stared at whilest dreaming & composing.
Some say the city is boring and stuffy. Take a chance and experience Vienna's one-of-a-kind old world / new world charm.
If you have time enough during your stay in Vienna,another interesting and funny option may be take one of this ships along the Prater and have a break while you see the beautiful architecture of the city.There are some ships with dinners available aswell.
A visit to Vienna isn't complete if you haven't been in the Praterpark. It's an old amusement park famous for it's Giant Ferris Wheel. This Riesenrad is more than 100 years old and on top of it, you can enjoy a superb view on the city.
The Prater dates back to the 12th century as an imperial hunting ground. In the late 18th century it was opened to the public with some games, attractions and snack bars.
After opening to the public it became a "true carnival" with "freak" sideshows, magic shows and a wax museum. Since then it has gone through many changes and transformations to become the world-famous amusement park that it is today.
But the Prater is not just an amusement park. Another aspect of the Prater is the Hauptallee-a tree-lined boulevard-where rotal events were held and there is a 200 year old coffee house.
Another little known aspect of the Prater is the area known as "Venice in Vienna." This was a lagoon city, modeled after Venice, Italy, with musical and theatrical entertainment open to the public. It is no longer in existence, but still a colorful part of Viennese history.
take a walk on the mor than 4 km long Hauptallee, starting at the Pratersten, going down to the Kaiserallee, where the World-Fair was held. Then walk along to the Stadion and finally recieve the Lusthaus.
Praterstern is square in northern residential part of Vienna. I don't really like this area but there is big entertainment park Prater just around the corner. It can be fun to try some of the devices, like rollercoaters etc. Recomended!
The park where the Riesenrad is situated, has all sorts of funfair rides, from gentle children merry-go-rounds to stomach-twisting big dippers!
Rides cost from Euro 1.10 to 4...
As you wander around the park, you will see some weird & twisted metal human sculptures.....as captured by my camera on the left.
Prater Park, what else can you say about this place? You can almost smell the boiled cabbage on the carnie's breath. It's an amusing place, no matter how sad it is. It's just something you should either go and laugh at, or not go at all. But, if you've got kids, believe me, they'll love it! There are a ton of fun games, rides, and entertainers. I do suggest that you go on the weekend because I went on a weekday and there wasn't anyone there, it wasn't too much fun. Going at night may also be memorable, you decide. Prater park is a ways from town, so take the metro.
PRATER used to be one of the greatest amusement parks in Europe. Although it seems that its best times are gone it's still lots of fun. Be smart enough going there and know your limits... I got so crazy there that I didn’t know when to stop. And not sure if I was lucky but my friends and I got one more ride for free. Well, it seemed to last forever and I was calling any human being to save my life... I survived!!!
Prater Riesenrad, or Giant Ferris Wheel, allowing to see the city of Vienna all at once.
Visit it in sunset hours, and you will have a chance to watch the sunset over Vienna, with its low red-roofed buildings and spires of churches forming a romantic skyline with the vineyard hills in the background.
Spend some time in the Prater, which was probably Europe's first amusement park (fun fair). It's big and there are rides enough for everyone from the ultra-sedate 'Riesenrad,' which makes a single revolution in ten minutes, to things I wouldn't have gotten on in the wildest days of my youth.
This place is a lovely amusement park!
I lay on the green lawn and could relax my body, my feet and myself under a tree at that travel-time!!
I liked that atmosphere-a little noisy but not too much-, beautiful Sunset and cheerful children with thier families.
this permanent funfair in the second district is a great place to head on summer nights, there are masses of rides and great pubs. Great for walking in the summer and games of football too!
The ‘main artery’ of the Green Prater is the 4.5-kilometer-long Hauptalle, a straight and wide avenue between Praterstern and the Lusthaus, a former hunting pavilion turned into a restaurant.