Prater

  Nature and Parks

It began its life as a carriage-riding area for the nobility. It is still a popular place to spend a weekend afternoon with family. An English engineering firm (Walter Basset) built the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) from 1896-97. Others of the same era, built for world exhibitions and other parks in Chicago, London, Paris, etc. have long since been torn down. The Riesenrad has become a well-known symbol of Vienna, featured in many movies (most famously The Third Man) and picture postcards. It has 15 gondolas, some of which are incredibly ornate and large enough to host an extended family inside, offering a spectacular panorama of the city. The weirdest attraction in the Prater, though, is the Kugelmugel, a spherical house (diameter 7.68m) that, after failing to get a planning permit, declared independence from Austria. Originally built elsewhere, it was forcibly carted off to the Prater by Austrian authorities and now sits uninhabited and fenced off with barbed wire.

Prater and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Vienna House of the Arts

Vienna House of the Arts(1.3 km)
Even an avowed hater of modern art can appreciate this.

The Danube Island

The Danube Island(2.6 km)
Home to Europe's biggest Rock festival.

Gasometer

Gasometer(2.4 km)
If you are interested in the combination of new modern with old historic architecture, take a trip to the gasometers that have been revitalized from gas-tanks to new multi-functional buildings.

Museum of Military History

Museum of Military History(2.8 km)
A huge museum featuring weapons and military maps from different periods.

Hundertwasserhaus

Hundertwasserhaus(1.1 km)

Kunst Haus Wien

Kunst Haus Wien(1.3 km)

Madame Tussauds Vienna

Madame Tussauds Vienna(1.6 km)
Madame Tussauds Wien presents life-size realistic wax models of famous personalities from history and present day celebrities from around the world.

17 Prater Tickets and Tours in Vienna

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