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Wiener Prater

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Wiener Prater


AT-1020 Wien

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48.215122 16.402340



+43 ∎ ∎∎∎∎∎∎∎



Wiener Prater, Riesenrad
Wiener Prater, Riesenrad
Wiener Prater, Blick aus dem Riesenrad
Wiener Prater, Blick aus dem Riesenrad
Wiener Prater
Wiener Prater

The Prater is a large public park in Vienna Wikipedia Icon's 2nd district (Leopoldstadt Wikipedia Icon). The Wurstelprater Wikipedia Icon amusement park, often simply called "Prater", stands in one corner of the Wiener Prater and includes the Wiener Riesenrad Wikipedia Icon.

This institution dates back to the time of the Austrian Empire, when Emperor Josef II. made the Prater (which has been serving as Imperial hunting ground until then) open to public in 1766. Soon the first snack bars, stalls and bowling alleys opened up on the grounds and the Wurstelprater was born.

The best-known attraction is the Wiener Riesenrad Wikipedia Icon, a Ferris wheel. The park also features various rides, bumper cars, carousels, roller coasters, shooting galleries, ghost trains, a Madame Tussauds wax works cabinet and much more. Apart from the rides, the park features various famous traditional Viennese restaurants (such as the Schweizerhaus and the Walfisch) and souvenir shops.

The mascot for the park is Calafati, a 9 m-tall sculpture of a Chinese man, which stands near the Wiener Riesenrad.

The park is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 am daily in its season, which runs from March 15 to October 31. Some attractions, as well as the food stands and restaurants, are open throughout the year. There is no entrance fee to get into the park; instead, each attraction charges its own fee, the attractions being individual businesses mostly owned by local families.

During the advent season, a small Christmas Market can be found on Riesenradplatz, right beside the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris Wheel at the Wurstelprater entrance. This Wintermarkt is open from mid-November till beginning of January and features traditional Christmas gifts as well as seasonal food and beverages.

The Wurstelprater is located in the Wiener Prater and can be conveniently reached by public transport (U1/U2 Praterstern) as well as by car (parking facilities available).

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The Prater area is open 24 hours each day, 7 days a week from January to December and accessible free of charge for everyone. Peak season in the "Wurstelprater" starts on the 15th of March and ends on the 31st of October. Individual attractions may have different opening hours. Some attractions are open from 10:00am to 01:00am depending on weather.