Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The World's Oldest Amusement Park: Vienna, Austria

Wiener Prater: The Wiener Prater is a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district (Leopoldstadt). If people talk about the Wiener Parter they often mean the "Wurstelprater". The so called "Wurstelprater" is the oldest amusement park in the world. But the Wiener Prater consists of more: the Hauptallee (the main alley), the Krieau and the Praterstadium (Ernst Happel Stadium) belong to the area of the "Wiener Prater". The Prater was firstly mentioned in a document in 1162 under the reign of emperor Friedrich I. In 1766 emperor Josef the II. donated the area to the people of Vienna. From this point on the Prater was accessible for everyone. Following that bowling alleys, cinemas, Cafés, and merry-go-rounds were created. Still, the "Wiener Prater" and the "Wurstelprater" are open 24 hours each day - 7 days a week. Entrance is free of charge. Attractions, restaurant businesses, arcade shops, and other leisure facilities are all part of the Wurstelprater. One of the biggest attractions of the Prater is the chestnut blossom. While the trees flower in delicate shades of pink in May, the Hauptallee is filled with walkers and cyclists as well as joggers and riders, the children romp around on the playground and youngsters meet on the BMX and skating track or throw themselves into the sand on the beach volleyball courts.

Viennese giant wheel: Wiener Riesenrad
The giant wheel was built in 1897, 210 feet tall, The Wiener Riesenrad, a symbol of the Austrian capital and a symbol of the world-famous Vienna Prater, with its silhouette that is visible from afar, it has even played a prominent role in the movie adaption of Graham Greene’s novel “The Third Man”.

The Liliputbahn - a miniature railway - is a true landmark of the Prater. A round trip over the 4 km long route through the Prater and the Hauptallee (main alley) takes approximately 20 minutes. The over 75-year-old attraction is probably the funniest railway in Vienna. Another Liliputbahn is located at the Donaupark.

Alt Wiener Grottenbahn
The Grottenbahn is an ideal adventure for children and adults. Meet Max and Moritz, little red riding hood and many other fairytale characters in this train ride. Thirty grottos will take you into the world of fairy tales. Our journey goes deep into the mountain, where the realm of fairies and dwarves, where beautiful princesses are waiting for their frog prince. Dive into the world of fairy tales and legends with the dragon or swan train! Meet many well-known characters from the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and many other mythical creatures. Meet the Lilliputians, Max and Moritz and many more! You can’t imagine the Prater without the Grottenbahn. The fascinating front was designed and manufactured by Robert Tar. At the shop dolls and teddy bears are available in different sizes at attractive prices.

According to documents, the Schweizerhaus existed even before 1766 under the Name "Zur Schweizer Hütte". Today the Schweizerhaus is the most famous restaurant of the Prater - maybe even the most famous restaurant in whole Vienna. It is famous for its knuckles of pork, but you can also enjoy other delicious dishes at the most beautiful beer garden of Vienna. You can try the knuckles of pork, beer and potato pancakes from the 15th of March until the 31st of October.
Swiss house, famous for its hearty dishes in Vienna's most beautiful beer garden. No Prater visitor should miss out on beer, stilts and potato pancakes.   Menu 

Vienna Rollercoaster
With its design and characteristics, this rollercoaster is one of the buildings which bring the flair of former times into these days. Experiences and memories are shared between different generations. It is a joy to see people of different ages visiting this well-kept attraction. The family business puts in a lot of effort to keep the original character of the rollercoaster. The wooden structure with its conventional railing system guarantees high operational reliability and safety. The brakeman is not only a traditional escort but also an additional safety factor. In contrast to many other attractions the rollercoaster is suitable for all ages – this means fun for everyone!

The destruction after World War II
In the sixth year of Nazi rule in Vienna, the Vienna Ferris wheel burned out; - a fire that was felt by many Austrians as symbolic. After the fall of Austria and the murder and abduction of many of its inhabitants, a symbol of Vienna threatened to go under, which for many Austrians was also a symbol of hope for Austria's resurgence.

In 1945 the country was liberated by Soviet, American, English and French troops. Austria is now divided into four occupation zones and Vienna is a four-sector city.
The Vienna Ferris wheel was also repaired in the same year. With an absolute height of 64.75 meters and a total weight of 430 tons, it travels 0.75 meters per second; the number of cabins is reduced from thirty to fifteen. After checking all functions for several months, the Ferris wheel started operating again in 1947 - for many Viennese, this inauguration in Vienna, which is still occupied, is symbolic.

Equipped with the latest projection technique this "house of stars" creates a realistic copy of the star-spangled sky making astronomy possible on days and nights no matter the weather. Adventure a magnificent artificial sky in fascinating multimedia shows, special shows for children and families, presentations, and classes. Also, cultural events, company presentations, and your personal party will become an impressive memory in this atmosphere. Lean back and join us on a ride through the universe!

In winter, the Jesuitenwiese meadow in Vienna’s Prater becomes a big playground. A snow-making machine provides enough of the white stuff for a proper snowball fight. In addition to cross-country trails, there is also a tobogganing hill, which was created from the ruins of houses bombed during the Second World War.

You can see the full list of attractions HERE.


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