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Prater, Vienna

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Best known for the Wurstelprater amusement park, Prater is a public park whose history dates back to 1162. The land passed through the hands of noble families for several centuries, until Emperor Joseph II opened the park to the public in 1766. Visit the Krieau, a horseracing track, and see Austria's largest stadium, Ernst Happel Stadium. The main pathway, known as Hauptallee, is closed to vehicles and lined by horse chestnut trees. Take a ride on the park's Ferris wheel or try out bumper cars, carousels, roller coasters, and ghost trains. The amusement park even features a Madame Tussauds wax works cabinet. Put Prater and other Vienna attractions into our Vienna day trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • There is an entrance fee to go inside Prater. Rides, etc., do cost money, of course. Prater was a fun experience, even though I don't get on these type of rides. It provided an enjoyable stroll during...  more »
  • Historical playground like the wheel that is the host, a little out of the way, but child-friendly, the wheel is the main attraction but not exciting at night you can't see anything, better than day.
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  • For some, one of the must-do things in Vienna. I'm usually a bit nervous about these types of rides, but passengers are transported in what looks like small railway carriages which provide a sense of ...  more »
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  • Really good place for family vacation and enjoy for kids. Many different types of things for fun. If you are adrenaline lover you can find many places for enjoy, if you have small kids you can find places for them to. Also here you can find fast food and drinks.
  • The theme was very entertaining. During off peak season it is very easy to get places on the rides and almost no waiting at all. There is a variety of different attractions for people of all ages and taste in rides.
  • It was truly magical. The experience of winter Christmas in its fullest spirit... Or spirits should I say for you get the most exotic cocktails. Rides enjoyable for all ages. My most favorite was the tower drop. Breath taking view of Vienna and the drop from 80 Mt's height.
  • I was here during the New Year's eve and the atmosphere was electrifying! Lots of rides to be had, lots of eateries serving delicious food and lovely atmosphere in general. Worth a visit definitely, if you are in Vienna and especially have kids with you.
  • Non-amusement-Park area of Prater [Park] is full of tall trees and shades. Visitors can enjoy hours of walking without exposing much to the sun, even in hot summer days. Major roads of Prater separate road for cars, horses, and walking visitors, while cars are generally not allowed in weekends and holidays. And, it is free of charge for park visiting. Vienna municipal government does hold various children education activities at Prater, and one such an activity is to have fire-fighting training, which includes fire engines and their fire fighters and equipment. Kids, with parents' blessing and consent, are also allowed to experience firehose's water power. Prater Park is allowed for bike riding, and there are a lots of bike riders, especially in weekend for joy ride.. There are a few bike rental stores at outside the park entrance area from late Spring to early Fall. Prater also has boat riding and horse riding, although it seems that most visitors simply take relaxing strolls, biking, or jogging.... There is a TRAM Service station at one corner of the Park, if visitors do feel tired and like to take TRAM service. For reason unknown, not many short-term foreign tourists visit Prater Park, even though it is relatively unique for its tree forest environments and nature beauty- so simple and so serene.. Even though Prater seems to be known by foreign tourists as an amusement park, the reality is that it is a park forest with 6-million square meters of well-developed and maintained tall trees, mixed with lawns, meadows, woods and water channels from former Danube channels. The park offers visitors variety of activities, and visitors will not have pressure of the crowded or unsafe feeling, because road and path are well designed.
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