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Top sights in Vienna
In the heart of Vienna's gorgeous Prater park lies the famous amusement park known as the Wurstelprater. The Wurstelprater first opened its doors in 1766 and today hosts an unusual mix of classic and brand new rides, offering an exciting day out for all ages.
Built in 1897, the Wiener Riesenrad is one of Vienna's favorite tourist attractions. Famous from films like The Third Man and Before Sunrise, it grants stunning views of the city.
For a panorama that trumps that of the ferris wheel, plus an injection of adrenaline, climb aboard the 117-meter-tall Praterturm, the highest flying swing in the world.
A classic of old-style theme parks, the magic rotor spins at a speed of 30 rotations per minute, gluing its passengers to the wall through pure centrifugal force.
Those who dare should make sure to ride Volare, a roller coaster that propels passengers through the air head first, simulating the feeling of flight over a distance of 420 meters.
If Volare wasn't enough for you, then head over to the Ejection Seat and get catapulted towards the sky at a mind-blowing speed of 14 meters per second.
If you happen to be visiting the Prater in winter, make sure to check out the famous traditional Christmas market, which takes place every year from mid-November until the beginning of January in front of the giant ferris wheel.
Note that there is no admission fee for the amusement park and that tickets must be bought for each individual ride, which is great for parents that want to indulge their kids, as the park is a very pleasant hang-out spot even for those not seeking thrills.
- When should I visit?
- Open 24 hours a day year round. Individual attractions have different opening hours.
- Is it expensive?
- Admission is free, but the thrilling ride tickets cost extra.
- Will I need a guide?
- A guide is not necessary, but can add to the day overall.
- How to get there
- Take the U1 or U2 to Praterstern or the U2 to Messe-Prater.
- Additional information
- Check out the Pratercard if you're looking for a cashless way to pay at Prater.
What people are saying about Prater
Loved this activity, the Chocolate museum is included in the price and was interesting and informative with some fun exhibits for photographic opportunities! The chocolate workshop itself was great fun and being the only person participating that day ( off season in February) I was given personal attention by the young chocolatier , Nemo. I was able to make and decorate 3 bars of chocolate and given a cup of the most delicious hit chocolate while waiting for my chocolate bars to set. There is also a shop where you can buy various chocolate items and make up your own box of chocolates from a selection.
We visited the Prater Amusement Park the first week in March. It’s a lot quieter which we liked because we didn’t have to spend time queuing to go on the Ferris wheel. I imagine the park would be very, very busy in the height of their summer season. The people are so friendly and the museum was very informative. The view from the wheel is amazing.
Great experience. Normally stay away from this type of ride but with its history had to give it a try extremely steady enjoyed the whole experience both my wife and I experienced our first ride on a wheel and loved it great views lots of space to move around. Great memories of a great film.
Great experience, with fabulous views of Vienna at the top. Did this experience in February, a wee bit windy and shaky up at the top but worth doing all the same. The wee museum exhibition showing the history of Vienna before embarking, is very interesting.
Was good. My daughter who is 8 enjoyed it. Not too long. Chocolatier was thorough but straight to the point. Get to make and take your chocolate home