Prater Riesenrad

Price guide: Mid-range

Riesenradplatz 1 , Vienna, 1020

Price guide: Mid-range

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Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Great views / scenery, Sightseeing

Best for Fun - Expert review of Prater Riesenrad

A ride on the Big Wheel in the Prater Park means fun with the kids.

Not only for fans of the classic thriller The Third Man, a ride on the oldest big wheel in the world is a great way to see the Prater from above.

Well over a hundred years old and over 200 feet high, this enormous feat of engineering (British engineer Walter Basset's brainchild) was shipped over from Britain and erected for the Austrian Emperor's golden jubilee celebrations in 1898. Besides a ride in the wheel, which doesn't take more than 10 to 12 minutes, there are plenty more fun rides in the biggest amusement park in Vienna.

The Prater park is one of the most extensive recreational areas in the city. One way to see more of it is to travel on the Liliputbahn. This historic, narrow gauge railway travels around a 3 mile track along the tree-lined Praterallee. The inauguration was in 1928 as part of a singing competition in honour of Schubert's death 100 years earlier. There are two vintage steam and three diesel engines still in use today. A 20 minute round trip starts from the Prater Hauptbahnhof making two stops in between.

Price advice: 

Riesenrad: Tickets for a 10 minute ride cost 8.50 euros.

Liliputbahn: Tickets for a 20 minute round trip cost 4 euros.

Expert tips: 
Liliputbahn vintage steam engines (otherwise diesel) run weekends from noon only.

More information on Prater Riesenrad:

Price guide:
Landmark / monument, Park / garden, Theme park
Riesenradplatz 1 , Vienna, 1020
01 729 54 30
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
May-Sep 9am-11.45pm, Oct-Apr 10am-9.45pm, Nov & Jan closes at 8pm, closed for repairs 10th-21st Jan 2011.

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