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Vienna Prater Amusement Park: A Native Viennese’s Tips

Vienna Prater Amusement Park: chain carousselVienna Prater amusement park is our oldest and largest luna park. The most exciting attraction for travellers is the Giant Ferris Wheel. For second time travellers and insiders it is the new chain carousel. At 117 metres, it is the highest in the world and whizzes you around in exhilarating heights, offering the most stunning views over Vienna.

The larger part of the Prater is in fact woodlands and recreational area and was the former Imperial hunting grounds of the Habsburg family. When I was a child, my parents rarely took me there as its reputation and safety was not as good as it is today.

Vienna Prater Amusement Park: view from Giant Ferris WheelThe full season runs between 15th March and 31st October. The Giant Ferris Wheel and some other attractions are open throughout the year.

The entry to the Prater itself is free, whereas the different attractions are priced differently. Watch out for combination tickets, such as for the Giant Ferris Wheel and historic mini railway.

Giant Ferris Wheel

Vienna Prater Amusement Park: Giant Ferris WheelVienna Prater amusement park. The ride in the Ferris Wheel is nice as you have a good overview over Vienna. It is not so scarily high as the London Eye Giant Wheel in the United Kingdom. One round takes around 13 minutes. You can buy your ticket online. Some visitors found the ride a little short and wished they had booked another round.

Luxury entertainment: If it’s just you and your other half, dine in a special cabin. Instead of the usual wooden benches it boasts a festively decorated dinner table and chairs. Having a candlelight dinner in the Giant Ferris Wheel will give you a good six rounds, ticks both a classic attraction and food, and is something you will hardly ever forget. Cabins are heated in the winter.

Madame Tussauds Vienna

The Vienna Prater amusement park also boasts an international attraction with the arrival of Madame Tussauds Vienna at the Riesenradplatz. There are several sections in the museum, from History to Culture, Sports and Music, which also feature many personalities of Austrian history, like Empress Maria Theresia, Mozart, Sigmund Freud, and Gustav Klimt.

First Vienna Pony Carousel

Vienna Prater Amusement Park: Pony CarousselVienna Prater amusement park. The ‘1. Wiener Ponykarrusell’  has resisted all cartoon and technicolor-driven modernisations, including electricity. I just like the historic look and feel of this more than 100 year old Prater institution. What was more surprising, even my ‘Disney-trained’ kids jumped on it.

The First Vienna Pony Carousel is big fun for smaller kids who want a merry-go-round of a different kind and enjoy the company of ponies.

Historic Mini Railway

Vienna Prater Amusement Park: mini ralwayVienna Prater amusement park. A ride with the mini railway (Liliputbahn) is a simple but memorable pleasure. My kids and I enjoyed the ride as much as we did the Giant Ferris Wheel. The train’s old wooden carriages had a nice antique touch. The best for us was to travel away from the hullabaloo of the amusement park and feeling the breeze of the lush meadows and Prater woodlands.

That said, take the ride in the warm season. On your way, you will pass other traditional institutions like the restaurant Schweizerhaus and the First Viennese Rollercoaster with its model Austrian villages.

The mini railway has several different locomotives, and on week ends and public holidays also operates the original steam engines.

Tickets: EUR 4,00 (adults) EUR 2,50 (children)

Vienna Prater Amusement Park: Segway Rental

Vienna Prater amusement park. If your kids are older, consider renting a Segway and touring the Prater woodlands. Local restaurant Walfisch rents out segways. You will likely need time to get familiar with the device if you haven’t tried it before. Make sure you receive detailed instructions. Most of the beginners master the Segway after 15 to 20 minutes.

If you need help during your ride, call Walfisch’s Segway breakdown service (numbers provided on the Segways).

Rental: EUR 20 (for 30 minutes) or EUR 30 (for one hour) per person; identity card required.
Location: Restaurant Walfisch, Vienna Prater amusement park
Bookings: (recommended for rentals of more than two devices at a certain time) office@walfisch.at.

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