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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. 

Give yourself lots of time at Wiener Prater. Here are the most popular things to do:

Golden Ticket-Chocolate Museum Vienna is just one of the most popular activities on offer here.

If you're seeking more options, peruse our Vienna things to do page.


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Der Wilhelmshof $107
Der Wilhelmshof

Der Wilhelmshof

Kleine Stadtgutgasse 4, Vienna, Vienna
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Leopoldstadt, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riesenrad and Wiener Prater. Hundertwasser House Vienna and Viennese City Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vienna Praterstern Station is only a 4-minute walk and Praterstern U-Bahn is 5 minutes.

    Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien $67
    Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien

    Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien

    Messestraße 2, Vienna, Vienna
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vienna University of Economics and Business, Wiener Prater, and Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Center. Riesenrad and Ernst Happel Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Messe-Prater U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Krieau U-Bahn is 12 minutes.

      Austria Classic Hotel Wien $84
      Austria Classic Hotel Wien

      Austria Classic Hotel Wien

      Praterstrasse 72, Vienna, Vienna
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Riesenrad and Wiener Prater. Hundertwasser House Vienna and Viennese City Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nestroyplatz U-Bahn and Vienna Praterstern Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Motel One Wien-Prater $84
        Motel One Wien-Prater

        Motel One Wien-Prater

        Ausstellungsstrasse 40, Vienna, Vienna
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Center, Riesenrad, and Wiener Prater. Hundertwasser House Vienna and Ernst Happel Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Messe-Prater U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Vorgartenstrasse U-Bahn is 11 minutes.

          Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront $93
          Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

          Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

          Handelskai 269, Vienna, Vienna
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in Kaisermühlen, within 1 mi (2 km) of Vienna University of Economics and Business, Ernst Happel Stadium, and Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Center. Wiener Prater and Riesenrad are also within 2 mi (3 km). Stadium U-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Krieau U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

            magdas HOTEL $73
            magdas HOTEL

            magdas HOTEL

            Laufbergergasse 12, Vienna, Vienna
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wiener Prater and Riesenrad. Hundertwasser House Vienna and Viennese City Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Praterstern U-Bahn is 10 minutes by foot and Messe-Prater U-Bahn is 12 minutes.

              Hilton Vienna $144
              Hilton Vienna

              Hilton Vienna

              Am Stadtpark 1, Vienna, Vienna
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Viennese City Park, Hundertwasser House Vienna, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Stephansplatz and Musikverein are also within 15 minutes. Landstrasse U-Bahn and Wien Mitte Station are within a 2-minute walk.

                MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi $58
                MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi

                MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi

                Schiffamtsgasse 15, Vienna, Vienna
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Schwedenplatz, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Spanish Riding School. Riesenrad and Burgtheater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Taborstraße U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Schottenring U-Bahn is 10 minutes.