Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Vienna Sights

Prater

  • Riesenradplatz Map It
  • 2nd District/Leopoldstadt

Updated 08/26/2014

Fodor's Review

In 1766, to the dismay of the aristocracy, Emperor Josef II decreed that the vast expanse of imperial parklands known as the Prater would henceforth be open to the public. East of the inner city between the Danube Canal and the Danube proper, the Prater is a public park to this day, notable for its long promenade (the Hauptallee, more than 4.5 km (3 miles) in length); the traditional amusement-park rides; a planetarium; and a small but interesting museum devoted to the

Prater's long history. If you look carefully, you can discover a handful of children's rides dating from the '20s and '30s that survived the fire that consumed most of the Volksprater in 1945. The best-known attraction is the 200-foot Ferris wheel that figured so prominently in the 1949 film The Third Man. It was one of three built in Europe at the end of the 19th century (the others were in England and France, but have long since been dismantled); the wheel was badly damaged during World War II, but restored shortly thereafter. Its progress is slow and stately (a revolution takes 10 minutes), the views from its cars magnificent, particularly toward dusk.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Riesenradplatz, Vienna, A-1020, Austria

Map It

Sight Details:

  • Park free, Ferris wheel €8.50
  • Mar., Apr., and Oct., daily 10–10; May–Sept., daily 9 am–midnight; Nov.–Feb., daily 10–8

Updated 08/26/2014

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in Vienna

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement