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Wiener Prater

Ride the famous Ferris wheel or a roller coaster at one of the longest-running amusement parks in the world or simply enjoy a walk in the surrounding park. 

Visit the Weiner Prater and enjoy spectacular views across Vienna from the top of its iconic Riesenrad (Giant Wheel). Back on the ground you can choose between nostalgic merry-go-rounds, high-adrenaline roller coasters and over 250 more attractions in the Wurstelprater. This amusement park lies within the larger Wiener Prater park, which also contains a planetarium and Madame Tussauds wax museum.

The large green space called Wiener Prater (Vienna Prater) was previously an imperial hunting ground and was donated to the public by emperor Josef II in 1766. Around a century later creative locals began entertaining the crowds here. Part of it is now a real amusement park. 

You’ll spot the Ferris wheel long before you reach the park since it towers nearly 200 feet (60 meters) in the air. Step aboard and imagine just how exciting this would have been for its first passengers, all the way back in 1897! Other highlights are the ghost train and Liliputbahn railway, which takes you around the Wiener Prater. 

Whether you’re looking for nostalgic rides, hair-raising roller coasters or gentler children’s entertainment, you are certain to find something in the Wurstelprater. Test your courage on the high-flying swing called Praterturm. Young children will love the chance to take a ride on the Grottenbahn which visits 30 different grottos inhabited by fairytale characters.

Once you’ve tried some of the rides, numerous cafés and restaurants are on hand to provide you with everything from a quick drink or snack to a lavish meal. Relax with a stroll along the paths of the Green Prater to see one of Vienna’s largest public parks. 

The Wiener Prater is a public park. Its Wurstelprater amusement park is also free and open all day and night, year-round. The attractions and rides in the amusement park all charge separately, and many close November through mid-March. The park is located near the Donau (Danube River) in the second district of Vienna. You can easily get there by public transportation or car. There are several commercial parking garages nearby. 


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Lodging Near Wiener Prater

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$64
magdas HOTEL

magdas HOTEL

Laufbergergasse 12, Vienna
4.0
of 5, from 94 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Riesenrad and Wiener Prater. Hundertwasser House Vienna and Viennese City Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$74
Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien

Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien

Messestraße 2, Vienna
4.1
of 5, from 188 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vienna University of Economics and Business and Wiener Prater. Riesenrad and Hundertwasser House Vienna are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$88
Motel One Wien-Prater

Motel One Wien-Prater

Ausstellungsstrasse 40, Vienna
4.4
of 5, from 67 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riesenrad and Wiener Prater. Hundertwasser House Vienna and Ernst Happel Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$115
Hotel Imlauer Vienna

Hotel Imlauer Vienna

Rotensterngasse 10, Vienna
4.3
of 5, from 793 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in a peaceful part of the city, Hotel Imlauer Vienna makes a great base, with the Taborstr. and Nestroyplatz U-Bahn stations 5 minutes away. Guests can walk to the Prater amusement park, 10 minutes away, and ride the Riesenrad Ferris wheel which made an appearance in the movie The Third Man.

$96
Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

Rennweg 12, Vienna
4.2
of 5, from 567 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Landstrasse, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Konzerthaus, Belvedere, and Viennese City Park. Vienna State Opera and Secession Building are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$155
Ruby Sofie Hotel Vienna

Ruby Sofie Hotel Vienna

Marxergasse 17, Vienna
4.4
of 5, from 133 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Landstrasse, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hundertwasser House Vienna, Wiener Prater, and Stephansplatz. St. Charle's Church and Belvedere are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$64
Novum Hotel Cristall Wien

Novum Hotel Cristall Wien

Franzensbruckenstrasse 9, Vienna
3.3
of 5, from 151 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riesenrad, Wiener Prater, and Hundertwasser House Vienna. Viennese City Park and St. Stephen's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).