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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 to visitOpen 24 hours a day year round. Individual attractions have different opening hours.
- What is the price?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 thereTake the U1 or U2 to Praterstern or the U2 to Messe-Prater.
- Additional tips
- Check out the Pratercard if you're looking for a cashless way to pay at Prater.