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Vienna's Prater Amusement Park: Top 5 Unmissable Rides

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.

  • Giant Ferris Wheel

    1. Giant Ferris Wheel

    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.

  • Praterturm

    2. Praterturm

    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.

  • Calafatis Magic Rotor

    3. Calafatis Magic Rotor

    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.

  • Volare

    4. Volare

    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.

  • Ejection Seat

    5. Ejection Seat

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Christmas market

    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.

  • Tickets

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open 24 hours a day year round. Individual attractions have different opening hours.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 there
    Take the U1 or U2 to Praterstern or the U2 to Messe-Prater.
  • Additional information

    • Check out the Pratercard if you're looking for a cashless way to pay at Prater.

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What people are saying about Prater

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,171 reviews

We visited the Prater Amusement Park the first week in March. It’s a lot quieter which we liked because we didn’t have to spend time queuing to go on the Ferris wheel. I imagine the park would be very, very busy in the height of their summer season. The people are so friendly and the museum was very informative. The view from the wheel is amazing.

Great experience. Normally stay away from this type of ride but with its history had to give it a try extremely steady enjoyed the whole experience both my wife and I experienced our first ride on a wheel and loved it great views lots of space to move around. Great memories of a great film.

Easy to exchange, skip the line is great for some atractions (e.g.museums) we safe at least 20 minutes of waiting in the ticket line.

Public transport systems worked very well. Reliable . Good visit to the Beverdere and also Hofburg palace.

Hat alles gut geklappt. Ganz einfach direkt am Flughafen abgeholt und sofort genutzt.