The Wiener Prater is a large park situated beside the Danube and covers an area of over 6 million square meters.
It caters for young and old and those in-between. The Prater consists of two very different contrasting areas, to the front of the park you can experience the vibrant fast pace of the amusement park and towards the back a tranquil, beautiful region known as the 'Green Prater' can be found. This park was once used as the imperial hunting grounds and was open to the public in1766.
The main avenue is very impressive, framed on both sides by huge Chestnut trees and is called the Hauptallee. The area is closed to traffic and is the setting for the Vienna Marathon. It is used extensively for sports such as walking, cycling, running and skating. Horse drawn carriages are also permitted here. Bike rental is available and is a great way to see the park.
A miniature railway called the Liliputbahn runs through the park for approximately 3 kms. The park also houses a planetarium within which is the Prater museum. This museum showcases the history of the Prater and has many very interesting amusement park equipment on display.
A visit to the Riesenradplatz, takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the amusement park, to a Vienna of the 1900s. It showcases traditional Viennese life of this era and is well worth a visit.
There are at least 250 attractions in the amusement park ranging from the sedate to the terrifying. The amusements can be as simple as a Punch and Judy show to the latest high tech rides. A giant Ferris wheel called the Riesenrad is a focal point on the skyline. The rides and attractions cater for all tastes.
There is a wide range of international food available, as you would expect, prices vary greatly. It may be a good idea to take you own food and eat in the quieter picturesque Green Prater.
The Wiener Prater is well serviced by public transport. It is fully open from mid March to the end of October but during the off season many of the attractions close down, so if contemplating a visit it is best to check the availability of the attractions.
Costs vary but a Prater-Card is now available which streamlines attraction payment. A monetary value can be placed on the card from 10Euro to 500Euro and this is then swiped to pay for the attraction. Discounts are also offered.
If you like amusements parks and a place to relax after a hectic day, then a visit to the Wiener Prater is a must.
Wiener Prater Reviews
We had great fun here even though it was winter and a lot of attractions were shut.
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