The Viennese Prater lies directly in front of the door of the Austria Classic Hotel Wien. This is an extensive park with plenty of green spaces and an amusement park, which is the oldest of its kind in the world, known as the "Wiener Wurstelprater".
The Viennese have been fond of the Prater since the days of the emperor - especially since the stylish gardens were expanded by the amusement park for young and old. The famous Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) is at the entrance to the park where you can also find a roller coaster, a nostalgic miniature steam train, shooting stalls, an autodrome (scooters) among many other attractions.
A special aspect of this amusement park is that the entrance is free - you only pay for the rides you actually take.
But the Viennese Prater is not only an amusement park; the avenues and paths are especially popular for jogging and Nordic walking. Children can romp undisturbed on the large meadows and green fields as well as at many playgrounds. The simple eateries in the Prater like the "Schweizerhaus", a beer garden specializing in juicy roast leg of pork ("Stelze"), are especially popular.
A ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel is a "must" and may be even one of the climaxes of your Viennese holiday. The sheer size of the wheel is impressive and with its bright red cabins it has become a symbol of Vienna. If you want to see Vienna from a completely different perspective, you should give yourself the pleasure of taking a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel. You rise slowly in spacious cabins to a height of 64,75 meters where you will have a unique view of Vienna. It's worth taking the ride at any time of day but at sunset the view is spectacular.
The Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel was built in 1897 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of Emperor Franz Josef the First. Since then it has been the venue of many films and is of course on many postcards as a symbol of the city.
After it was damaged during the Second World War, the Giant Ferris Wheel was rebuilt as a symbol of peace and the return to normality.
With the Prater Card, the tradition of cashless payment for Prater attractions is continued in a modern and contemporary way, which began many years ago with the uniform payment "Calafati Schilling". For those with the Prater Card, a visit to the Prater is more flexible, and you will get a discount on the fare of many attractions. The Prater Card is a cash-free, reloadable method of payment to be used in the Vienna Prater. It can be ordered online at www.pratercard.at and can be reloaded with a credit between 10 EURO and 500 EURO. The cards can be used at all attractions marked “Prater Card” with a discount of 20% on the fare.