After a pleasant journey by train from Nuremberg and checking into Hotel Odeon in Vienna we decided to spend the evening at Prater. This was not far for us to walk to going via Wien Praterstern train station that we had arrived at earlier.
On the journey into Vienna we had spotted the famous Ferris wheel as the train was landing, this wet my appetite to go have a fun evening.
On arriving at Prater the lights and high rides really got me interested and on the speakers was a favourite of mine The Blue Danube by Strauss. Would be rude not to grab the fiance and have a clumsy waltz as we entered the park, this set the tone for the evening.
The Wurstelprater is an amusement park and section of the Wiener Prater in the second district of Vienna, Leopoldstadt. This institution dates back to the time of the Austrian Empire, when Emperor Joseph II made the Prater (which had been serving as Imperial hunting ground until then) open to the public in 1766.Soon the first snack bars, stalls and bowling alleys opened up on the grounds and the Wurstelprater was born.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wurstelprater
Wiener Schnitzel & Austrian Beer
Order of the evening was to get hydration and sustenance, this came in the form of Viennese schnitzels and some local beer Stiegl. As well as Stiegl I tried the equally delightful Wieselburger Bier, these perfectly complimented the tasty freshly cooked Wiener schnitzel.
Wiener schnitzel is made of a thin, breaded, pan-fried veal cutlet or sometimes chicken breast. It is one of the famous specialities of Viennese cuisine, and as such is one of the national dishes of Austria.
The area near the entrance and Madam Tussauds had an abundance of other street food eateries as well as rides to watch. This was a very vibrant place to be with seats with blankets to keep warm and people having fun.
Wiener Riesenrad – Ferris Wheel
The Wiener Riesenrad, is a 64.35 metre high Ferris wheel located at the entrance of the Prater amusement park. The Riesenrad is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, it was originally built in 1897 by the English engineer Lieutenant Walter Bassett Bassett.
We arrived disorganised but managed to purchase tickets online while finishing off a beer outside and preceded to the entrance. Once through ticket control we were treated to a fantastic exhibition of models relation to the city and park. Some really fascinating displays of the parks history and the general history of Vienna were on show and were really high quality with lots of detail and information on each one.
Next to the main even we entered the queue to enter the next free gig wheel gondola, the wait wasn’t too long. The wheel rotated slowly as people got on and off allowing you to view the whole of Prater from different vantage points. Many including me took photos of the amusement park, my best shots come by shooting through an open small window to avoid glare shots.
The views were fantastic and on spotting the Prater Turm in action our next ride was decided upon. It was high, pretty fast and looked a bit more upbeat then the Riesenrad’s pedestrian pace.
After about 2 minutes we had done the full rotation and exited via the usual amusement park souvenir section and back into the park.
Next stop was intended to be Prater Turm but as you well know amusement parks have a habit of having distractions. We looked at the indoor roller-coaster but then spotted “The Clown” this had instant draw to us and away we went. It looked like a traditional ghost train but had glasses to wear on the ride. Once kitted out in the headset the ride took us on quite an experience with virtual reality clowns trying to induce fear into us. The highlight was ending up on the clowns dinner table with then trying to chop us up to eat, truly scary at the time.
This was a fantastic ride and highly recommend if you like a shock or 2.
After composing ourselves and spotting the Prater Turm we continued our journey towards it with the plan to avoid distractions as was getting late.
From below this looked higher than we had imagines, in fact it is 117 metres high and towers over the park, this reminded me of the city flyer at Birmingham Christmas Market. On entry we were guided to our seats and strapped in with legs dangling. The ride shortly started rotation and increasing in elevation, this was thrilling and the legs dangling down added to the fun. The ride rotated at quite a speed and had some fantastic views, sadly no cameras and phones are allowed on the ride for understandable safety reasons.
After landing the legs were like jelly for a while but felt invigorated and on top of the world.
Sadly the park was closing down for the night so that put a halt to enjoying further rides.
What Rides Did I Miss?
I love rides so would love to have tried them all but these would have been next.
- Darkride Insider an indoor roller-coaster that zigzags at speed in the dark with a laser show as you progress.
- The Flower Wheel a brightly lit wheel that towers above the Wiener Riesenrad and is very nicely lit up.
- There were so many others to enjoy too as well as the likes of The Chocolate Museum, ideal for chocoholics.
- All Rides…
The amusement park has a comprehensive website and this covers most bases. https://www.praterwien.com/