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“Worth a look--and adventure into the adjacent wooded park for a stroll”
Review of Praterstern

Praterstern
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US$108.37*
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Family Vienna Combo: Vienna Card, Schonbrunn Zoo...
Ranked #113 of 807 things to do in Vienna
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Amusement Parks are not our thing. But, some friends of ours from from Nova Scotia had been to Vienna years ago and marveled at the large old Ferris wheel at Prater. He wanted us to see if it was still there, and if so, relay to him our impressions and send him some pics so that he could vicariously recapture its charm. The Ferris wheel is indeed still operating. It is a classic. The uniquely rail like seating compartments that enclose the riders leave them just enough room to see out.

We thought we'd take some quick pictures of the Ferris wheel and then promptly leave the Prater. But despite our initial intentions, we were drawn to all the hoopla and surprised that there was no charge to stroll around and take a good look-see. Hovering over many of the amusements were huge figures of gargoyles and a menagerie of other grotesque creatures, manlike and animal or in between. One such grisly animated monster with a cavernous mouth continuously munched on a human skeleton.

There was the most unusual merry-go-round we had ever seen. Little children were riding real ponies that pulled carts that went faster and faster as the motorized ride progressed. The kids were awed, and so were we.

But the most spectacular scenic wonder was the jaw-dropping ride around a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Every seat was completely filled for each excursion that started with slowly circling the base of the tower, then gradually spiraling upward with increasing velocity until reaching the apex. After that, the ride identically reverses the process.

We took pictures of all of these high adventures. That’s as far as we would go. We like to stay firmly on the ground.

When we finished surveying Prater, we just happened to notice a wooded park alongside the amusements. Instead of heading home, we began walking through it. It is a vast area studded with stunning patches of vibrant yellow and red flower beds. Like the other verdant parks that we traversed in Vienna, we saw other walkers, skateboarders, runners, families picnicking, and people leisurely lying on the grass.

But we had an extra treat as we ventured further into the park. On one of the narrow medians next to us, we heard a trotting noise: a man was seated on a chair while controlling the reins of a horse way in front of him. We have never seen a steeple-chase tournament, but at least we have now had the pleasure to witness one such horse and rider combo.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Honestly, don't know how this place isn't on the top of everyone's list. The amusement park itself needs some updating. But we came for the huge old Ferris wheel. It was like walking back in time. The cars on the Ferris wheel looked like rail cars from a train. A piece of history that is worth the ride. I believe the Ferris wheel was built in the 1800s. Amazing.

Thank EB K
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Had great fun for a few hours. Close to the center yet huge space. Took the children for a ride with the train around the park (through the trees and bushes). Walked around a bit and saw many rides (roller coaster etc) but could not try due to young age of children (under 6). Tried the bumper cars, which i haven't done for years now, and enjoyed a lot (the kids too ;)). Only had dessert and coffee, which i found quite expensive and not of good quality. I suppose its worth visiting once, especially if you have children over 10 years of age. Also worth visiting if you want to wander a bit in the park or have a quiet rest reading a book or just sitting below trees. There s things to do for families with younger children as well, but i think there s more at the Shonbrunn zoo.

Thank frequenttraveller058
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

I'm a 15 year old who has passed two hours of torture, all workers are mad, there is no respect for kids and teens that go by themselves, there is 13 attraction pass that is a dirty bussinnes, I realize that I only can use it for 8 games and the rest was only propaganda. As I said is a terrible experience all workers are grose. The only thing that was good was the food nothing more.

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

The Prater's ferris wheel has been in Vienna for ever! But that is only one of the attractions. There is a section with older rides and a large area with modern rides and experiences. I must admit that you really feel that all they want is your money. Our group went on a ride where you often ended up getting wet. When our drenched member stepped off the ride he was offered to dry off for 2 Euro! Everyone in my group had a good time (both kids and their parents). Seniors beware that it is very loud.

Toilets cost 50 cents; you can either pay for each ride or get a ticket for 13 rides. Entrance to the park is free.

Thank Jacqui L
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