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Prater is large public park with famous Giant Ferris wheel (Wiener Riesenrad) that dominates skyline together with other park entertainment attractions.

Originally, the area was hunting ground for Imperial family, until it was donated to the general public in 1766. Since then it went to several transformations and today it is managed by City of Vienna. Prater is also famous as a host of the only World Exhibition held in Vienna in 1873.

Quick facts

NamePrater
TypePublic park
Built/opened1766
LocationPrater, 1020 Wien, 2nd district, Leopoldstadt
How to get thereU1 or U2, Praterstern
Ticket PriceFrom $3, depends on the attraction
Opening hours7 days a week, 10:00-00:00 (winter has limited attractions available)
Official websitehttps://www.praterwien.com/en/home/

Main entertainment area is around Wiener Riesenrad, where many other, much more recent attractions were built to cater for all ages and courage level (some of the rides are challenging and only people without fear of heights or with a good stomach can attend them).

The area is dotted with snack bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and candy shop stalls. Children really enjoy this place and it is difficult to separate them from rides and sweet stuff 😊

There is also Madame Tussauds Vienna museum at the very entrance to the park, which is very popular. There are about 80 wax figure from Austria and from around the world. Next to it, there is a Museum of chocolate, where you can taste artisanal chocolate, learn about history and even participate in a workshop and make some of your own! This is great fun for kids. The venue can be booked for various events and celebrations.

Prater Museum is nearby; it commemorates history of Prater, especially from 1945. There are paintings, posters, photos, signs and figures from the old rides on a display, donated by local historian collector.

Prater Planetarium
Prater Planetarium, photo by allaboutvienna.com

Prater Planetarium is an amazing multimedia show presenting various star constellation and animation from space exploration. Planetarium offers artificial starry sky, special shows catered for children and families programs, science classes for schools, science lectures and course evenings. The place can be rented to host special events or celebrations as well.

There are several events throughout a year, such as children flea market, Halloween party and music concerts. Most of the rides and attractions work until 22:00, but later on there is a nightclub, Prater Dome, that cater for people staying late.

Prater promenade
One of Prater’s promenades full of greenery

Prater park is an excellent place for a walk and enjoyment in greenery, which is great in spring and summer. It is also popular place for workout as there are several open-air gyms for adults and playgrounds for kids. It is quite near to the city center and it can be reached within 5 minutes by U1 from Stephansplatz, so it can be great place to spend one day even as a tourist. During the winter, while most of the park area is not that popular for walks and leisure, there is a winter market from November until early January with live shows, entertainment and mulled wine and souvenirs to buy.

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