"whee! The Riesenrad!" Wiener Riesenrad - Giant Ferris Wheel Tip by lulu_girl

  There you go, the famous ferris wheel.
by lulu_girl

The Prater is definitely a must see. It's very odd. Well, not really I suppose...it's more along the lines of a fairground that one would find in America. However, there are all sorts of very fun sculptures to play on and of course the famous ferris wheel is amazing. Instead of seats in a traditional ferris wheel, the passenger compartments are old wooden train cars....that sway. Really neat!

It's kinda pricey...if memory serves me correctly, it's 8 euros. *but* if you buy a combo pass for the ferris wheel *and* the Donautrum (the big needle thingie kinda like in Seattle) then it's totally worth it. The Donautrum is not in the Prater, but it's not *too* much of a pain in the arse to navigate to both fun spots.

The Prater means 'plain'...which it really is...just a large expanse of land with all kinds of buggies, games, go-karts, rides, etc... Typically (esp in the summer and for New Years) there are big tents set up with music, super cheap beer, etc...it basically becomes a big party zone.

Address: The Giant Ferris Wheel and recreation-park
Directions: There are several ways to get here.... U-Bahn and trams. So just look at the maps to determine which is the best route for you. I'm fairly certain that the 'O' tram goes to the Prater.
Phone: +43 1 7295430
Website: http://www.wienerriesenrad.com/en

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 7, 2003
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