Vienna Prater amusement park has been a public leisure place since as early as in 1766 when the Austrian Emperor Josef II donated the area to the Viennese.

Before it became an amusement park it was hunting ground for the imperials and only allowed for the aristocracy, so we actually entered some historic grounds when we entered there in our vienna trip in September.

It wasn’t an actual amusement park until 1895 and that was when the giant ferris wheel called Riesenrad was built, one of the landmarks of Vienna.

It’s quite expensive to go up there and I’ve read that many are disappointed afterwards. I guess it is what one is expecting, maybe they had too high expectations, thinking that it would be like the London Eye…?

My tip: There is also another ferris wheel, which is a bit cheaper than the Riesenrad and the view will be almost the same.


So did we go up in any of them? Oh, no. We did discuss it, yes, and I really wanted to, but I just couldn’t do it. I’m too afraid of heights and ferris wheels really scare the h*ll out of me…

Hubby is afraid of heights too, not as much as I am, but he has another problem with severe dizziness when it comes to spinning attractions, because of a problem with his inner ear.

I just get sick and besides that, I’m not allowed to do rides because of my back problems. I really hate that fact, ‘cauz I used to love to ride all of the spinning ones – and not only one time!

Another frightening sight for us where the StarFlyer, open seats about 60 m over ground, which may also give you quite good scenery – if you dare to have your eyes opened while flying around there!


So are you wondering what the h*ck were we doing at a fun fair like that when we’re not riding anything…?

Well, some (normal?) people loves to hang and spin upside-down screaming, when we crazy ones just loves to watch their revealing face expressions… *giggles*

We were curious, wanted to just grasp the atmosphere and were hoping to see some older style attractions too.

There are other things we chickens can do at fun fairs….


You’ll see some of the other things to do there in the slideshow at the end and both myself and Mr Lifecruiser will peek through somewhere in there.

So was it worth the trip there? Definitely, if you don’t put up too high expectations, the place has it’s own kind of old fashioned charm.

It’s like when visiting different countries, we don’t expect every country to be the same or have the same standards and values – that’s what makes it so interesting, right?

Remember that this was a budget trip? Well, for us it was a cheap amusement. No entrance fee, just for the rides.

If you’re going there: be sure you get the Prater Card before your whole travel budget spinning up in the air – they have about 250 attractions… (€10-€500 / card).

Watch the slideshow for some more views – and the exhausted end…

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

… or you can get a quick overview over all photos in the Lifecruiser Vienna Prater photo set.

You can read more about all the attractions at the official Vienna Prater Webpage.

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9 Comments on “Vienna Prater Fun Fair Scare”


    How fun. I can’t ride much anymore either. Hubby and I are both scared of heights so those first three rides are totally out of the question. Especially that third one. Never.

    Glad you had a great time and I enjoyed the slideshow. I wouldn’t mind visiting there at all. After all what a history this place has. Treading on grounds that the aristocracy once ruled.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

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    TorAa said:

    You are so right when talking about expectations:
    We must see each place in it’s own setting and as it.
    That’s what’s makes different countries and cultures fascinating.
    For the real curious, like us.
    Excellent photos.

    PS. After my ride on the One Mile Roller Coaster at Michigan Adventure some years back, I think I’ll rather take the boat in the Love Tunnel – LOL.

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    aka R'acquel said:

    Inspired colours in the structural design & signage. Very warming to the soul to see talent like that. Loved how the bum-shot has the watermark so nicely placed too. It almost looked deliberate. lol.

    Puss in Boots said:

    Wow, it’s very colourful and there would be lots to see without making yourself puke on those rides. Some of the figures were rather hilarious…

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    This place look likes fun to me. Haven’t been to a theme park for ages already

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    Ling said:

    How the heck do they get people on and off that Starflyer thingy? Looks really dangerous to me.

    eunice said:

    We visited Prater amusement park but didn’t take any rides. Yes that Starflyer looks scary to me to!! So the rides didn’t change much since we went there 6 years ago! What really amused me is the “Merry-go-round” with kids riding on real ponies that go round and round a circle. Wonder if the “ponies ride” is still there, did you saw that?

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    Gattina said:

    While everybody shows Christmas picture and Christmas athmosphere, with you I am always in sunny Vienna ! Nice, that warms me up !

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    claudie said:

    Love the atmosphere inn the amusement park! This one looks particulary beautiful on the pictures! i am a little afrid with height too but the point of view on the towns must be so interesting!

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