Beginning of main content

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. 


Guide to Exploring around Wiener Prater


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Map

Lodging Near Wiener Prater

See all 946 Hotels near Wiener Prater
Der Wilhelmshof $101
Der Wilhelmshof

Der Wilhelmshof

Kleine Stadtgutgasse 4, Vienna
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 912 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riesenrad and Wiener Prater. Hundertwasser House Vienna and St. Stephen's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Lindner Hotel am Belvedere $99
    Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

    Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

    Rennweg 12, Vienna
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,386 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

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

      Austria Classic Hotel Wien $89
      Austria Classic Hotel Wien

      Austria Classic Hotel Wien

      Praterstrasse 72, Vienna
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,088 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Vienna, this 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).

        magdas HOTEL $71
        magdas HOTEL

        magdas HOTEL

        Laufbergergasse 12, Vienna
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 356 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Vienna, 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).

          Vienna Marriott Hotel $202
          Vienna Marriott Hotel

          Vienna Marriott Hotel

          Parkring 12 A, Vienna
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 1,414 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Vienna Marriott is directly across from Stadtpark, with its flower clock and gold-plated Johann Strauss monument. In a 10-minute walk, guests can reach St. Stephen's Cathedral and Vienna State Opera, as well as the shops of Kärntner Strasse and upscale boutiques at Graben.

            Motel One Wien-Prater $87
            Motel One Wien-Prater

            Motel One Wien-Prater

            Ausstellungsstrasse 40, Vienna
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 267 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Vienna, 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).

              Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien $70
              Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien

              Austria Trend Hotel Messe Wien

              Messestraße 2, Vienna
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 569 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Vienna, 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).

                Novum Hotel Cristall Wien $66
                Novum Hotel Cristall Wien

                Novum Hotel Cristall Wien

                Franzensbruckenstrasse 9, Vienna
                   
                  3.5
                  of 5, from 404 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Vienna, 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).