Merry-go-round in the Prater
© WienTourismus / Karl Thomas

The Prater today: fun & adrenalin

Perhaps the best-known attraction in the Prater is the Giant Ferris Wheel. It has been lifting people aloft since 1897. "Ferris Wheel Square" was redesigned in 2008. Now this entrance to the Prater amusement park is a nostalgic theme world reminiscent of the Prater in the year 1900. The main attraction is Madame Tussauds, where visitors can encounter celebrities from around the world up close: from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Falco, Empress Elisabeth and Gustav Klimt to Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman. “Fly Board” offers a special flight over Vienna: The flight animation starts in the canals and moves through narrow alleys in the city center. In the 5D cinema, the rapid journey in a rickshaw takes viewers over the Chinese Wall.

Those who prefer things faster are spoiled for choice in the Prater: Sensations of extreme speed are provided by Turbo Boost and Bungee Jump, Ejection Seat, Skyfall and Space-Shot. And the 117-meter tall chair-o-plane, the Praterturm, whisks its passengers through the air at 60 km/h and offers a fantastic view of the city. For the younger amongst us, the Eisberg was opened – an interactive ride to see polar bears, penguins and friends. The wild Octopus catapults its "passengers" 18 meters into the sky. And the Black Mamba swirls passengers through the air at 80 km/h. Goosebumps are guaranteed on the spooky ride “Hotel Psycho”. The ultimate adrenalin kick is provided by the indoor rollercoaster, the Darkride Insider. And on hot days, the water amusement feature Aqua Gaudi is the place to go to cool down.

Olympia Looping and evil clowns

The “Olympia Looping”, the largest portable roller coaster in the world with five (!) loopings, will be making a guest appearance again at the Prater until the end of August 2018. The virtual reality roller coaster “Clown” combines an intense ride experience with virtual reality which results in an actual horror trip (starting in summer 2018). And a 60 meter high observation tower with a glass cabin that rotates 360 degrees on its own axis offers the perfect view over the Prater and the city itself (starting end of May 2018).

"WIND-O-BONA” supplies the thrill of free-fall: in the indoor skydiving wind tunnel, wind speeds of up to 280 km/h simulate a parachute jump from a height of 4,000 meters. Minimum age is 8 years, the starter pack costs €49. Information: www.windobona.at

Just a stone's throw from the Prater, ViennaFlight offers the only Airbus simulator anywhere in Austria. Here, you can take an exclusive flight of your choice in the faithfully reproduced cockpit of an A320, accompanied by a real pilot. What's more, ViennaFlight also has a simulator for a Boeing 737 NG in its fleet. Registration required!

Prater

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • 15 March to 31 October
      Main season
  • Accessibility

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

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

       

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Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • 01 January to 08 January
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 09 January to 27 January
      wegen Renovierungsarbeiten geschlossen/closed for renovation
    • 28 January to 13 February
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 19:45
    • 14 February
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 15 February to 05 March
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 19:45
    • 06 March to 28 April
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 29 April to 03 September
      täglich/daily 09:00 - 23:45
    • 04 September to 01 October
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 23:45
    • 02 October to 05 November
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 06 November to 17 November
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 19:45
    • 18 November to 23 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 24 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 16:45
    • 25 December to 30 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 21:45
    • 31 December
      täglich/daily 10:00 - 02:00
    • Please note that closure dates and opening hours may be subject to slight changes.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   200  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at parking garage Ausstellungsstraße
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and to the restaurant / café: no steps.
      Ramp for wheelchair, all special wagons of the Ferris Wheel are suitable for extra wide wheelchairs.

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Prater
© David Auner
Prater
© David Auner
Woman in the Windobona wind tunnel

Windobona wind tunnel

© WIND·O·BONA Wien
Windobona wind tunnel

Windobona wind tunnel

© WIND·O·BONA Wien
Olympia Looping at the Prater
Olympia Looping © Prater Wien GmbH
Panoramafoto Giant Wheels
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