Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater

250 years of the Prater

The Emperor's proclamation went out on 7 April 1766: "It is hereby announced to all [...] that henceforth and from and now, everyone without distinction shall be permitted to walk, ride and drive freely in the Prater and the Stadtgut at all times of the year and at all hours of the year [...], and that nobody shall be barred from enjoying themselves with balloon hitting, bowling, and other permitted entertainments to their liking [...]." - Thus did the six square kilometer hunting ground of the Habsburgs become an entertainment and recreation area for all residents of Vienna.

The huge World Exhibition was held here in 1873. The Giant Ferris Wheel was erected in 1897 to mark the 50th year of Emperor Franz Joseph's accession to the throne. As part of the festivities in the Prater, showmen were allowed to set up their tents and booths. Many of them remained and so formed the basis for today's Wurstelprater. This amusement park attracts locals and tourists every year. From the old helter-skelter and historic children's carousels to the modern rides and numerous food outlets, the Wurstelprater offers fun for young and old, while the Green Parter continues to be used as an area for sport and recreation. The Prater has also become interesting in architectural terms: the campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business on the edge of Prater was designed by prominent architects including Zaha Hadid.

Events during the anniversary year

The 250th birthday of the Prater will be celebrated with a range of events:

  • 16 March - 18 September 2016: Exhibition "Entertainment between Prater and city. Ways to pleasure" at the Jewish Museum Vienna.
  • 31 March - 31 December 2016: Exhibition "Wunderwelt Prater. 250 Jahre Wiener Prater" (Prater Wonderworld. 250 years of the Prater) at the Circus & Clown Museum Vienna
  • 29-31 October 2016: Halloween festival with parade and DJ line-up
  • 19 November 2016 - 8 January 2017: Winter Market and New Year's Eve in the Prater

Prater

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • 15 March to 31 October
    • daily, 00:00 - 00:00
  • Accessibility

    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) and Schweizerhaus (1.-Mai-Strasse)
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms: Messegelände / Parkplatz, 1.-Mai-Strasse (in the middle), Calafattiplatz.

       

Green Prater between Praterstern and Winterhafen

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) and Schweizerhaus (1.-Mai-Strasse)
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms: Messegelände / Parkplatz, 1.-Mai-Strasse (in the middle), Calafattiplatz.

Jewish Museum Vienna (Jüdisches Museum Wien) Palais Eskeles

Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €10,00
    • Tickets offer admission to the Judenplatz Museum and Jewish Museum on Dorotheergasse
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 20% off
  • Opening times

    • Su - Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   162  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 110 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for visitors with special needs on request.
      Discounted admission for people with disabilities 8 Euro (1 companion free) and people with social pass/mobility pass (photographic ID required).

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and to café: no steps.

Circus & Clown Museum

Ilgplatz 7, 1020 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Su, 10:00 - 13:00
    • Every first and third Thursday in the month from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
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