It is said to be the oldest amusement park in the world. It all started in the 18th century when the Emperor Joseph II gave the city of Vienna this plot to be used as a public and leisure centre.
Cafes, restaurants soon opened their doors, followed by bowling alleys and carousels. Gradually other amusements were introduced like the “Wiener Riesenrad” (Giant Ferris Wheel) which made an appearance at the end of the 19th century to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I.
From 1920 to 1985, it was the world’s tallest extant Ferris wheel and it has become a landmark of Vienna.
The 20th century brought progress, mechanisation and new rides. What I love about Prater is that you can still find very old attractions mixed with more recent and scary ones. The old and the new side by side.
Tradition continues to be very much present and the new generations are enjoying as much as their parents and even grandparents did. Sometimes you see all three generations coming together and having fun.
There are attractions for every taste and age.
The excitement and fear is always in the air and when you finally get tired there is Viennese and other types of food at your disposal.
You see often children falling asleep at the table after a long day of trying every ride their age allows.
My heart always melts when I see the fearless resolution of my daughter who at 9 is determined to conquer her fears already. Good for her!
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