Vienna Prater: Ferris wheel and wax figures in the Wurstelprater

vor 250 Jahren hat Kaiser Joseph II. das einstige Jagdrevier für das Volk geöffnet

The Vienna Prater in the second district is the most important amusement park in Vienna and therefore an attraction for big and small day trippers. The story begins around 1760: Under Emperor Joseph II, the first ring games, innkeepers and coffee houses were settled. The area was also unofficially known as “Wurstelprater“. This name is due to a figure of the folk theater, the “Hanswurst”. The popular stages were sold in the late 18th century from the marketplaces of today’s Old Town and found new locations in the Prater.

Wiener Prater - Riesenrad über Bummelzug (2. Bezirk)
Wiener Prater © Schaub-Walzer / PID

Vienna Prater, also “Wurstelprater”

Today’s landmark, the Vienna Ferris wheel, was built at the end of the 19th century. Nobles or servants – all Vienna moved to the Prater. From song and music to curiosities or bowling alleys – the Vienna Prater was popular for amusements, romantic meetings as well as for family outings. This has not changed until today. “Wurstelprater” is called the part of the Vienna Prater, which is amusement park. The Green Prater in turn is the large park area around the fairground core. The exhibition center is also adjacent.

Blick über die Einrichtungen des Wiener Praters vom Riesenrad (2. Bezirk)
View over Viennese Prater © Schaub-Walzer / PID

Highlights in the amusement park

  • Wurstelprater: almost 300 attractions – from the Ferris wheel and numerous roller coasters to horror trains, shooting galleries, mini-golf, car and go-carts, laugh-cabins or carousels.
  • Gastronomy: traditional restaurants and coffee houses alternate with small and large food stalls, cotton candy stalls and more. from
  • Viennese Ferris Wheel: As one of the landmarks of Vienna it rises 65 meters high. On a leisurely ride in the cabins, a cozy view over Vienna can be enjoyed. In addition, there is the so-called “flower wheel” in the Prater – a mini version of the Ferris wheel.
  • Madame Tussauds: The Vienna waxworks cabinet “Madame Tussauds” shows many current Austrian celebrities and historical personalities (musicians, actors, emperors, artists) – as well as international VIPs.
  • Nostalgia: The entrance area of the Wurstelprater was designed in the style of the period around 1900 in memory of its eventful colorful history.
  • The largest chain carousel in the world – with a height of considerable 117 meters
  • Pratertower: with 60 km / h it goes up and up – including a great view over Vienna
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Arcade miles
  • Pratermuseum
  • Planetarium: für kleine und große Sterngucker
  • Green Prater: perfect park for running, walking or for picnics in the meadow
  • ViennaFlight: Austria’s only Airbus simulator can be experienced – virtually “around the corner” of the Vienna Prater

360 degree view of the Prater in the area of Madame Tussauds and Ferris wheel

Arrival and location

Address: Wiener Prater, Riesenradplatz, 1022 Vienna
Public access: subway line U1 or U2 stop Praterstern or with the rapid transit line S1, S2, S3, S4 or S7 station Wien Praterstern.